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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

Re: “Will Oakland Adopt a Mansion Tax?

Everybody pays the same percentage rate. How is this not fair? People purchasing expensive real estate pay more total dollars than those paying less expensive homes.

The city of San Francisco should not be held as a model for anything, let alone a housing transfer tax. How much market rate housing is available in San Francisco for someone of modest or middle class means able to buy? Nearly half of the city's civil servants live in the East Bay. It's a crummy idea.

Perhaps if Dan Kalb and the other elected and appointed officials of Oakland better forecasted and spent their current revenues more effectively than as practiced, a solution to soak the people who've invested in Oakland would not be thought credible. Solution- build and remodel housing with less local restrictions. A San Francisco solution? No thanks.

Michael

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 10/05/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

That's why you have a lease agreement, not month to month.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/27/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Young Professionals Only? Housemates Accuse Landlord of Rejecting Subtenant Applications in Hopes of Vacating Rent-Controlled Unit.

Mr. Mitchell- I'm with you. You own it- you decide who you can trust to meet their rent payment. It's not complicated. It's business. As more folks recognize that renting puts you at the mercy and discretion of a building owner in a rising real estate market, at some point you either have to change your housing situation to a homeowner OR move.

Posted by michael.sagehorn on 07/27/2017 at 2:06 PM

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