General Plan delayed again by housing cap dispute
Original post made on Feb 12, 2009
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on Feb 12, 2009 at 9:21 am
If you watched the School Board meeting the other night you learned that 25 to 35% of our housing units are part of multi-unit (read Apartment) complexes. (Sidebar If I was campaigning for a new tax, I would know exactly how many people I was proposing to impose it on, as well as how many student beneficiaries lived in non-single family home units since this will clearly become an issue and common knowledge during the campaigning process. My guess is that they actually do know this, but haven't wanted to say in a public forum because the information would further erode any perception of support they may have generated.) I initially thought this was not possible, but then took the time to do some exploring and discovered that there is a substantial amount of rental inventory tucked into pockets throughout the city. If you have any doubt about this, spend a few moments driving into each complex on Vineyard between First Street and Bernal. I think we have more than filled our obligation (if we in fact have one) to supply affordable housing.
Various lobbies and liberal politicians have been trying to turn Piedmont into West Oakland, Pleasanton into Stockton, Walnut Creek into Pittsburgh, etc for years. At some point we need to decide if we want to become a Socialist nation or continue to allow people to work for the things they want. And that includes living in a nice area.
on Feb 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm
"Pat" Brown was Jerry's governor dad. Kinda like the Bush's, except democrats.
on Feb 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm
The Board should take a look at structuring a parcel tax based upon square footage instead of a flat rate per parcel. Multi-family units like apartments would be taxed more fairly and the extra cost would be passed on in rent to renters. Dr. Casey stated at one of the community forums that such a tax is perceived as "more fair" and tends to generate more in revenue than the flat tax. If the Board really wants a parcel tax to pass, they'd look at ways of making it "more fair".