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July 21, 2016

Blast from the past: some things never change

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

The summer is a bit slower so I’ll be posting the occasional interesting tidbit from historic Alameda City Council minutes.

This one comes from 1942 where, even back then, low income housing was something that brought out community members to speak out against:

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  1. During the war cheap housing was put up all over the West End of Alameda to house service families and workers. It had to be done due to the war emergency.

    Comment by Captain Obvious — July 21, 2016 @ 7:32 am

  2. This is much different then the current conversation. Most of the community is for work force housing. Both landlords and tenants agree on this. The point some of us are making is that the ARC initiative does nothing to promote affordable housing. It’s simply a failed policy.

    Comment by Ted — July 21, 2016 @ 10:39 am

    • The ARC initiative is not designed nor meant to promote affordable housing. It is meant to support and promote housing stability. Don’t call it a failure for not addressing issues it is not meant to address.

      Comment by notadave — July 21, 2016 @ 11:19 am

      • It’s sold to the public as a way of promoting rent stabilizers. What it does is deter investors from investing and raises market rate rents. Every time I mention how’s it working in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Oakland? I hear crickets. The matter what legislation you put on the ballot, some of us are going to have to make room so others can move here. That’s how it always been

        Comment by Tes — July 21, 2016 @ 8:15 pm

      • All you ARC f@ckers. Just found out Jason Buckley ( co founder of ARC) the failed musician makes his living pretending to be disabled.
        Mr. Buckley….who rules barter town ?

        Your home was just the beginning .

        Comment by Master Blaster — July 22, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

    • There is a vocal group (I’m not sure how large) which opposes building workforce housing. My impression was this was one of the main contributors to the peasants’ revolt, which led to the election of our beloved leader.

      Comment by BC — July 21, 2016 @ 11:58 am

  3. I think the term “work force housing ” has been discussed before, but what is it again ? Market rate is self explanatory and subsidized affordable housing is also obvious. Is “workforce housing” some other housing which would rent at some rates in middle which people like teachers are supposed to be able to afford ? If so, I can’t see how that can be achieved since the current system seems to favor one extreme of the other. As much as I hate the idea of disrupting a viable ecosystem for profit, the Alameda Marina developer’s open letter makes vague allusion to some kind of down sized units. At first I bristled at the thought of popularizing “Tiny Homes” like 500 square foot apartments but I might come around if the monthly rent were somewhere in the middle. But don’t insult our intelligence by trying to sell the idea based on some new millennial embrace of less is more. It’s still about affordability. Less space, for less rent. If it’s viable, great. Just build it and knock it off with the flowery descriptions.

    Comment by MI — July 21, 2016 @ 1:35 pm

  4. Every time I vote I am reminded by the dedication in the community room.

    WOODSTOCK These homes were built by the people of the United States for the defenders of this nation. FDR, President.

    You can name a weed-lined street a memorial parkway, or name an officer’s club for an enlisted, or open-space (that’s where the APD shot that homeless guy) for someone who would rather see a tent under the intrastate than an affordable house in the west end, and then give her husband the title of grand marshall in your holiday parade.

    Comment by Gerard L. — July 21, 2016 @ 4:45 pm

    • Stop voting.

      Comment by Jack — July 21, 2016 @ 6:58 pm

      • Jack,

        Remember the next time you go out for a meal that 12 people without access to health care or sick leave will have handled your food.

        Comment by Gerard L. — July 22, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

  5. I don’t eat out because I’m a better cook than 12 people.

    Comment by Jack — July 22, 2016 @ 5:14 pm

    • The 12 people who handled the food who cooked?

      Comment by Gerard L. — July 22, 2016 @ 6:09 pm

      • Gerard L. – please read slowly.

        The 12 people I mentioned are your 12 people who handle your food when you eat out. Since I do not eat out (unless I find myself in Luang Prabang or Marrakech, where I usually eat food handled by 1 person and 20 flies…but they’re clean flies with health care). And both my wife and I have great health care so really I don’t care if your handlers have health care or sick leave.

        Comment by Jack — July 22, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

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