John Maguire 
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Re: “Study: Higher Minimum Wage and Other Progressive Policies Have Not Hurt Economic Growth in California

Well "a study" is just that. While the study might have some merit the author seems to have an agenda in conducting this study so why not publish it in a peer reviewed economics journal? Let other determine if the basis of the claims made has any statistical or useful merit? Then make fuss about it!

Posted by John Maguire on 11/18/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Two Highly Touted Oakland Charter Schools Quickly Closed, Now Owe the District Money

So the OUSB President is on two boards of the non profit charters...or are/were they for profit schools?

I am going to guess he was getting paid for these board positions, highly irregular and perhaps illegal.

Yes nepotism is and has been rampant in Oakland, in both the schools and City jobs.

This looks an ugly corrupt and expensive failure

Posted by John Maguire on 01/27/2017 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

I want the Oakland Raiders to win and keep selling tickets as this minimizes the risk to Oakland and Alameda county taxpayers footing the bill from the last “deal” made by the Raiders.
The Raiders are an Athletic Entertainment industry, I personally have no interest in their entertainment and even less so in supporting them financially to stay in Oakland.

So let’s just suppose that some (idiot) decides to build a $1.5 billion stadium in Oakland for the Raiders. As I see it for football it will be used for 8 days each year (nine if they make playoffs). How much revenue can 8 football days bring into this prosperous city and county? We have a dearth of hotels and you can be sure all the TV and NFL executives will fill out the delux SF hotels. Yes there are local vendors who can “clean up” during a game but with overpriced crappy food and parking rates that would cause a banker to blush, there are better ways to use the existing complexes.

I say No to any public funding of Raider maintenance but accommodation and encouragement to stay are fine. I suggest the mangers of the complex look to music and other events to fill the existing stadium and coliseum with customers on a regular basis. Make Oakland a real venue destination, not a sports destination.

The Raider support base is not particularly in Oakland, but in all the surrounding communities. The Raider Entertainment Industry has shown previously that is has no local loyalty and clearly they are planning to move again. Fact is you can see the games far better on your HD home screens now than you can at a game!

The NFL is a very well run business organization. They know that they have a huge audience and they will do what it takes to maintain and grow that audience. Loyalty to fans, non-existent here, this only occurs in Green Bay WI where their team is a publically owned non-profit franchise.

Posted by John Maguire on 09/12/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Why Is There a Housing Crisis?

This article represents a very biased, unfair and inaccurate representation of the housing market in the Bay Area and appears to reflect the author’s personal biases about wealth, work and housing. The ongoing housing shifts have occurred in Bay Area housing for over a century. Regarding bias, the author refers to high income people as members of the “upper class”. I assure you that class is not a function of wealth in my experience but the intent of the author was to vilify wealthy people. His reference to “working stiffs, families, artists” with no definitions and his disdainful reference to “nouveau riches” being people who might commute to jobs on the peninsula, and his implication that these people are not working hard and being productive is nonsense.

The boom and busts of real estate cycles are surely due primarily to the availability of credit and this is substantially controlled by our federal government and the Federal Reserve. Secondly the major reason for the housing price increase are regulations limiting and increasing the costs of housing construction. This creates “poly-opolies” of housing areas each of which have very limited supply and this pushes up prices to the benefit of current owners and to the detriment of new purchasers.

This article is basically a tired re-stating of a need for rent control, masked as a quasi-academic survey of Bay area housing shifts. Rent control which as implemented in New York, San Francisco, Berkeley and other cities simply punishes a few property owners and provides very limited housing for those in true need but instead provides rental subsidies for the lucky few (frequently well-educated white collar workers) and distorts the rental price of the remaining housing stock, pushing up rental rates. I note that these three cities have some of the highest rents in the country.

Posted by John Maguire on 04/09/2016 at 11:06 AM

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