Blogging Bayport Alameda

December 15, 2017

National Horror Story: Mozart’s Ghost

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

I know you all like the Internet, that’s why you all are here, but the way you access the internet may be vastly different moving forward because this is how you MAGA or whatever:

The order passed today, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” essentially removes the FCC as a regulator of the broadband industry and relegates rules that prevented blocking and throttling content to the honor system. The FTC now ostensibly has that role, but it is far from an expert agency on this topic and cannot make preemptive rules like those that have been in place for the last few years.

As expected, the vote was 3 to 2 along party lines, with Chairman Ajit Pai and Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly voting in favor of the order, and Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voting against.

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December 14, 2017

National Horror Story: it was *this* close

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Do better next time men.

Particularly you, white men.

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December 13, 2017

All mixed up

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

So this is an excerpt from last month’s Rec and Park Commission meeting.  That was a meeting chock full of WTF moments but here’s the first when discussing Littlejohn Park and the accessible design.

Watch as a commissioner dances around the dangers of the opaque play panels and discusses the “mixed audience” at Littlejohn Park whatever that’s supposed to mean.

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December 12, 2017

Prop 13 reasons why

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

From the Mercury News:

The proposal from the California Association of Realtors would expand Proposition 13, the landmark constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1978 that has kept homeowners’ property taxes artificially low over the years, even as their home values have doubled or even quadrupled. Under the initiative, homeowners who are over 55 or severely disabled would be able to keep those lower tax obligations for life, regardless of how many times they move, as long as they stay in California.

The proposal has touched a nerve in a state profoundly shaped by Proposition 13, which buffered homeowners from sharp tax increases while slashing revenue for schools and public services. Proponents argue that it could help solve the housing shortage by allowing empty-nesters to leave their long-time family homes without a steep tax hike, clearing the way for new buyers with children to move in. But many are wary of the idea, predicting it will only widen the generational wealth gap at the expense of public schools, local services and the poor.

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December 11, 2017

Waiting for diversity

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

An issue that I’m always interested in, school diversity, from City Lab:

Authors and activists are once again highlighting America’s failure to successfully integrate its schools as a root cause of educational inequality and a driving force behind the nation’s persistent racial divides.

No obstacle to school desegregation is greater, or has been more frequently cited, than racially divided housing patterns. The basic issue is simple: Segregated neighborhoods tend to produce segregated schools. If most of a school district’s population is black or Hispanic, most of its schools probably will be too.

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December 8, 2017

No is not an option

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

I’ve been waiting to post this one forever but other topics (and my general overall annoyance with the New York Times) has been delaying it.  It’s about Berkeley, but honestly could be about Alameda as well, and speaks to the overall housing shortage problem.

Highlights, but that map showing decades of housing building is worth a look and should put to rest to the notion that we’ve actually contributed any meaningful number of units since 2000.

Around the country, many fast-growing metropolitan areas are facing a brutal shortage of affordable places to live, leading to gentrification, homelessness, even disease. As cities struggle to keep up with demand, they have remade their skylines with condominium and apartment towers — but single-family neighborhoods, where low-density living is treated as sacrosanct, have rarely been part of the equation.

If cities are going to tackle their affordable housing problems, economists say, that is going to have to change. But how do you build up when neighbors want down?

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December 7, 2017

Don’t act like I never told ya

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

What makes the support even less palatable:

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December 6, 2017

Don’t ask, don’t tell

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

On Monday, an intrepid Tweeter noted this:

I found the listing on Loopnet and sure enough the listing was as bold as the original tweet suggested:

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December 5, 2017

Y’all don’t know what it’s like

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

The Alameda Magazine piece about the City Council majority not being on board with Trish Spencer’s recent Planning Board picks is online right now. However given the recent nomination it appears that the losing streak may change.

First, highlights from the piece:

Spencer’s inability to appoint slow-growth candidates to the planning board represents a departure from the norm in Alameda. Traditionally, the council has given the mayor wide latitude to make appointments to city boards and commissions, rubber-stamping the selections. Spencer’s critics, though, say the mayor shattered convention in 2015 when she declined to reappoint popular planning board member Dania Alvarez. Until Alvarez, if a board or commission member asked for another term and was considered qualified, the reappointment was almost always automatic.

“It started with Dania Alvarez not getting reappointed, and it has since escalated,” said David Mitchell, current chair of the planning board. “She’s relying on an old tradition of putting a name out there and hoping everyone else will sign off on it. If she’s not going to follow the tradition and reappoint someone who is qualified, then the tradition isn’t going to be followed.”

“The mayor is a nice lady, but she doesn’t play honest politics,” Mitchell continued. “You lose faith in someone when you don’t know where they stand. I think people would respect her more if she said, ‘I’m against housing; I’m against this. This is my vision of the city.’ But she’s done none of that. Her politics are undeclared. Ultimately, it is important who is on the board and who she appoints, and it’s obvious she is appointing people that are anti-housing.”

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December 4, 2017

National Horror Story: don’t read it and weep

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Even though there’s a lot of the City Council agenda for tomorrow, including a resolution urging Congress to enact a federal carbon fee which was then revised by Trish Spencer to include language from San Francisco’s resolution, but more specifically the City of Richmond’s language (opting out of the last resolution which was to send a copy to Alameda’s elected officials for some inexplicable reason).  Plus a whole thing about the Harbor Bay Ferry.

But on Friday night much bigger news with much larger implications happened and we finally received confirmation that elected Republicans really don’t care about deficits or poor people.  Or the middle class.  Or anyone except the uber wealthy.

From the Washington Post:

Senate Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday morning that bestows extensive benefits on corporate America and the wealthy while delivering mixed blessings to everybody else.

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