Joshua Shepherd 
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Re: “Caltrans and CHP Oust Homeless from Camp in Pouring Rain in Oakland

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal bread.” -Anatole France

Posted by Joshua Shepherd on 12/05/2015 at 9:44 PM

Re: “West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

Also a D3 resident, and I find this very troubling. Embodying the process of gentrification in order to 'house veterans' and keep your organization afloat?

I'm sorry, but if your organization cannot do its mission (creating affordable housing) without engaging in its antecedent (creating non-affordable housing), perhaps the organization should shut its doors.

I happen to be a veteran, and find this 'we did it for the veterans' pretense to be a shill. If veterans were their concern, and they did 5 minutes searching they would find a local organization called Swords to Plowshares, largely comprised of veterans, establishing an immense (and admirable) amount of local affordable veterans housing, without flipping houses.

Gibson-McElhaney has also been involved with the 'San Pablo Corridor Coalition' in our district which appears to be an avenue to usher in development, chaired by real estate investor Alex Miller-Cole. First on the agenda is closing the most popular place for our neighborhood's houseless folks- St. Andrews Plaza, for 7 months to install a 'sculpture installation'.

If this is what affordable housing advocacy means to Gibson-McElhaney, I don't want it.

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Posted by Joshua Shepherd on 12/17/2014 at 8:32 AM

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