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August 31, 2017

Who are the people in your neighborhood

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

This week you may have seen screencaps or links to a specific comment on Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s Facebook page.  The facebook post?  It’s about the housing crisis and the need for folks to contact their lawmakers to ask for them to support specific housing related bills.

Given that mostly everyone cares a little bit — even the most strident NIMBY — about the housing crisis it’s a pretty benign call to action.   But the first comment was not so caring.  At all.   I blacked out the name, but it’s on the Facebook page if you click through.  Personally, it’s not really about the person who said it — although some may disagree — but rather that the sentiment expressed seemed a little less neighborly than we in Alameda seem to think that we are:


The reactions to this comment varied from outraged to WTF.

For me, I guess disappointment is the emotion that most registers for me.  Not because I personally know the individual or anything, but the fact that somehow people who are struggling to find decent and affordable housing are dismissed as simply not working hard enough or not making enough sacrifices is such an easy cop out.  It doesn’t taken into consideration how we got to this place where housing prices have become so out of whack and that those who sit in a place of judgement have actually contributed to the housing scarcity.



  1. This is hardly a crackpot post, unless you believe “Property is theft!” like a 19th century anarchist, and grabbing a Tiki torch to “roast” the poster seems just as “unneighborly” as his or her comment. The “right” to housing? (From the NESRI website)

    The Right to Housing is protected in:
    Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Article 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
    Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
    Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
    Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
    Article XI (11) of the American Declaration on Rights and Duties of Man
    There are also United Nations committees (“treaty bodies”) made up of experts that oversee the implementation of particular human rights treaties. These committees oversee the treaties by, among other things, receiving government reports on the implementation of the treaties, making comments to the government reports, and issuing general comments about the treaties or specific rights contained therein.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — August 31, 2017 @ 6:42 am

    • A so called right to housing will not build a single unit of housing. The expectation of profit together with a right to build can build a lot of housing. But a right to housing will not produce housing just as a right to food will not produce food and a right to medical care will not produce medical care.

      Comment by Ed Hirshberg — September 2, 2017 @ 10:28 am

  2. We’re in a situation now where some people think “right to housing” means “right to control or confiscate other people’s property.”

    Comment by dave — August 31, 2017 @ 7:33 am

    • Unless you live in a Ayn Rand world (post-Tolkien, pre-dating typically) where nothing can legitimately impinge property rights, the discussion is about where property rights end in order to serve the social good. And that’s a reasonable debate to have. My income is taxed to pay for Medicaid. I guess I could label that theft, were I that simple-minded. And let’s not forget, many of these landlords who claim to have struggled, walked up hill to and from school, etc. are simply beneficiaries of California house-prices rising, in part (ironically) due to restrictions on the rights of property owners to respond to market-signals and build housing to rent out.

      Comment by BC — August 31, 2017 @ 11:34 am

      • Taxes are broadly applied for agreed upon social purposes. We all pay taxes and while none of us like to, agree that they are necessary for a government and society to function.

        But rent control is not that. It is literally taking away an owner’s control of their property, with a likely sharp reduction in its value, and handing it over to parties who do not own said property. What is that but confiscation?

        PS post Tolkien, pre dating made me chuckle

        Comment by dave — August 31, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

  3. This was a public post, and I don’t think you need to hide the poster’s name, i wont disclose the name because I want this post to stay up, but it is relevant to know that the poster is connected with one of Alameda’s larger property management companies, and their personal beliefs are likely reflected in their business practices.. This same company also manages a lot of property for the City, and I encourage the City to consider terminating their agreement.

    Comment by notadave — August 31, 2017 @ 9:11 am

  4. I read that comment with revulsion. It’s amazing that someone with so many connections (and investments) in our community is so publicly heartless. To say the struggles of property management are greater than the struggles of those just trying to keep a roof over their heads…oh my. Where to begin? I don’t think you can equate, say, one less Hawaiian vacation with one more rent increase leading to homelessness… good lord. Also the implication that people aren’t working hard enough or “sacrificing” enough smacks of let ’em eat cake. When I think of all the renters with two jobs that are still struggling…if only the poster could switch places with one of them for a month. They’d learn what true sacrifice is.

    Comment by Kristen — August 31, 2017 @ 10:53 am

  5. If the floods in Texas & Louisiana have taught us anything, it is that you never know how someone came to be homeless. It could happen to anyone. Without warning. Even when you thought you were prepared.

    Comment by vigi — August 31, 2017 @ 11:10 am

  6. Sacramento. I hear Sacramento calling. Time to move. No you do not have the right to live in Alameda if you can not afford to. No you don’t have the right to rent someone else’s house for as long as you want and the right to pay only what you feel like paying. The world turned upside down. Rob Bonta can take a long look in the mirror if he’s looking for someone to blame for skyrocketing housing costs. Confiscating an owner’s control of their property is a typical Marxist move for those of his ilk. What a loser that guy is. Here’s what his true priority is: Truth hurts.

    Comment by Alameda Landlord — August 31, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

    • You’re for abolishing planning controls too, I assume. Otherwise you’d be failing to acknowledge that you’ve grown fat through a system rigged in your favor, and directly at others’ expense. It’s really not due to your business acumen. If you don’t want to be a hypocrite, you should back away from your half-understood ideology and look for solutions to the housing crisis.

      Comment by BC — August 31, 2017 @ 6:13 pm

      • Your musings shows you have a fully understanding of Bolshevik ideology.

        Comment by jack — August 31, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

      • By the way, that’s meant as a compliment.

        Comment by jack — August 31, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

        • Why thank you. Pretty much every ideology is riven with inconsistencies, both on the far right or the far left. It’s important (though perhaps futile) to point these out to unblinking adherents.

          Comment by BC — September 1, 2017 @ 1:52 pm

  7. Worth following. Just how much protection do renters have from landlords who rent single homes and condos.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — September 1, 2017 @ 7:02 am

    • We own a second house. It is our income, or a large chunk of it. If the city where it is put in strict renter laws, we would NEED to sell it to protect our income, which is basically low income in this state. That would take a unit of underpriced housing off of the market.

      Its complicated. But people who are seniors and own and rent out one unit are a different class of people that are out of town corporate owners. I understand it may affect the renters the same. On the other hand,we are much better landlords tan a certain corporation.

      Comment by Retiredteacher — September 5, 2017 @ 8:46 am

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