James A. Schloss 
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Re: “How East Bay Tenants Get Displaced

Rent control does not work, and, so called, Progressive government action often makes the situation worse. If people want to live in Oakland, they have to pay for it. There is no right to live wherever one wants to live. Just look at European cities; real estate prices are very high, so those who cannot afford the price for convenience live further out.

What some of your commenters are advocating is for the owners of the rental properties to subsidize their tenants; that is what we call Rent Control.

If it is deemed to be important for our society to have people living where they cannot afford the real estate prices, then society needs to pay for it. That means taxpayers have to take money out of their pockets and put their money into the pocket of a renter who cannot afford the market price.

Because politicians realize that this would require either a tax increase or a reduction in spending, probably for public safety, they pass a law that requires the property owner to pay for the rent subsidy.

No wonder that rental property is in short supply. Would you want to be a landlord? I wouldn't.

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Posted by James A. Schloss on 03/12/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Oakland Moves Forward on Fossil Fuel Bans

It is nice to know that our esteemed city council believes it has the time and the mandate to address this while our city's crime rate is still very high and its roads are in desperate need of repairs.

And its Mayor has become a national laughing stock.

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Posted by James A. Schloss on 06/11/2014 at 12:25 PM

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