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Re: “Wall Street Is Spending Tens of Millions Against Rent Control

Why always reach into the distributive policy saddlebag and pull out a tax to apply more costs to builders, developers, and yes investors (landlords)? Your logic Mr. Putland - a vacancy tax will not prompt any market growth and expansion of new housing. It's also likely in conflict with housing growth targets crafted by community and regional planning agencies. The blunt reality is that the Oakland housing profile is shifting to more owner occupied dwellings and the supply of rental housing is static or in decline. Either buy a home, pay rents that are reflective of the investment costs, or move.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/24/2018 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Express Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Richards Responds

What planet is Ms. Epstein living upon? Ms Brooks has a record of behavior on the dais as well as in public and personal actions indicative of a non- leader. Gaps in wealth dont concern me. Crime, street repair, and fire service , plus access to soccer pitches and recreation opportunities do. Ms. Brooks has exposed the City of Oaklands financial health to several millions of dollars of risk. Vote her out and maybe lock her up along with our current President.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 01/27/2018 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Feeling the Squeeze

In 1968, my grandfathers two generations SF old business was faced with a challenge- the City wanted to demo the building he rented for 20 plus years. He bought a building and land on Folsom and Beale- South of Market, a wasteland then.Owning your own building- either as a home or business owner prompts better business decisions. People dont like your food, hire a different chef, but dont lose your livelihood.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 12/27/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The Wrong Path?

Let me better understand the problem. A low performing high school, where my grandfather graduated from in 1929, crafts a program to help all students become better prepared for college is now a threat because the demographics changed? Having a diverse group of students in your classroom does not mean improved academic performance. If diversity is the goal, tearing down a program that improves student outcomes is the wrong solution.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 11/23/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Im ignorant? Hardly. Housing in the United States is a commodity- associated with real property which is valued and revalued in every economic cycle. Property in the Oakland Hills was once cheap and used primarily for ranching and logging. Now its valued much higher. Folks who cant/wont invest their incomes in home ownership will always struggle when the sale value of their rented homes/apartments exceeds the rental returns it generates to the owner. The crisis Ms. Calef speaks of is not a crisis but rather the simple economic lesson of supply and demand. Urban and suburban neighborhoods are always susceptible to change, but its not from any sinister plot by any group, color, or political party. Renting is not investing.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/26/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Letters of the Week: Our Readers Chime in on Last Week's Issue

Ms. Chen: The issue of what makes the folks of West Oakland vulnerable to housing displacement is neither their color nor creed, but rather their choice to be renters not owners. As demand for property in Oakland grows, rents and property prices will all rise. Theres nothing sinister about economics. Learn from it.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/25/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Tom : Respectfully disagree, . We have a progressive tax already-income tax. Why burden a property owner with a larger cost to support city services when most public administration research indicates higher income property owners use far less municipal services? That City of Oakland needs to re-focus its municipal serves to include fire, police, water, waste collection, and staffing and up-keep of recreation-parks, fields, and our estuary lake.

Don't buy the argument that if you choose to invest in a home in Oakland you should be stuck with financing projects and programs that rarely impact you or your family.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/06/2017 at 11:36 AM

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