Ian Monroe 
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Re: “A Second Transbay Link Is Inevitable — but Will It Be Equitable?

You should also talk to Lateefah Simon. Racial equity is her day job!

Posted by Ian Monroe on 02/14/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Why Does the Berkeley City Council Care About a Dog Meat Festival in China?

Great article! It only takes three people to knock something off the consent calendar, if you all want to show up tonight.

@Bruce they do that :)

Posted by Ian Monroe on 07/19/2016 at 12:55 PM

Re: “The Express' Endorsements for the Primary Election on June 7, 2016

What do you have against sneaky parcel tax increases? :D Parcel taxes are much more equitable than assessed value taxes due to prop 13. That said I don't actually care about Piedmont.

Anyways I agree with all the other races you bothered to make an endorsement for. I'm disappointed you didn't endorse for Senate District 9. It should be quite possible to make up your mind with only four candidates, three with a chance of making it on the ballot (so June 7 is an actual contested election). I think her record in the assembly makes Nancy Skinner the obvious choice. More generally "what can SD09 offer to the state of California" a public policy professor from Berkeley makes a lot of sense.

Posted by Ian Monroe on 06/05/2016 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Oakland Official Handling Coal Controversy Personally Invested in Fossil Fuels

Highly diversified investments is exactly the sort of investments we should want our public servants to make. But yea like Sean say it sucks that isn't easier to divest yourself from fossil fuels while doing it. Index funds gonna index. And Warren Buffet is basically running a mutual fund structured as a company.

"investments in companies with links" is a very weaselly way of counting money.

Posted by Ian Monroe on 05/03/2016 at 10:13 AM

Re: “The Race for State Senate District 9 Is Leaning Left

Lee, have you tried sending them a questionnaire?

Posted by Ian Monroe on 05/02/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Reverse Redlining Won't Fix Oakland's Housing Crisis

Murray briefly summarizes the logic of the Nexus study but I'd like to see someone actually defend it. He doesn't spell it out so I'll do so: it suggests that a new expensive apartment creates a new upper incomer person who moves into the apartment. This is a ridiculous assumption, as Oakland well-knows since it has had plenty of gentrification without development. But the Nexus terrible assumptions don't end there.

This "new" high-income person creates new low-income jobs. Then low-income workers spring, one assumes fully formed, from the ether. So these low-income people (who just wouldn't exist without the new apartment!) then need somewhere to live. Amaze!

It is a ridiculous economic theory. It is rather just a crude legal justification that Bay Area cities use.

We should find ways to raise money for our local non-profit affordable housing developers. But there are better taxes that could be used instead. Regardless the logic of the Nexus study is fine if you want to use it in the court room for justifying fees, but shouldn't be used to argue for public policy.

Posted by Ian Monroe on 04/26/2016 at 9:23 PM

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