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July 31, 2020

Can’t be bothered now

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

Just in case you weren’t quite positive if the language you are using to cape for A/26 is problematic and dogwhistle-y.   The answer is, “yes”:


If your talking points sound anything like this, maybe you want to rethink your position on the importance of keeping A/26 in Alameda’s charter.

The AFFH is the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing rule which was passed in 2015.  From NPR:

It tells jurisdictions that receive federal housing funds that they have to assess what patterns of housing discrimination they have and then come up with a plan to diminish them. It also provides a data-based tool for communities to use in doing this assessment

In practice, that may well look like rezoning in some communities, according to Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

“When local communities are required to take a look at how segregation developed in their neighborhoods, most of them are going to find that it was local zoning that led to that purposeful, policy-driven segregation,” she said.

So when those cities have to put forward their plans to improve, she added, “most of the time that’s going to require that they remove some of those restrictive zoning laws and allow for apartment buildings to be built and put in [neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes], where currently they’re not allowed.”

Boosting apartment supply would allow people who can’t afford those suburban houses to move in. [emphasis added]

Donald Trump wants to undo a rule to increase affordability through density.  Some Alamedans want to keep a rule to decrease affordability by prohibiting density.  It’s two sides of the same coin.  I can’t wait to see the Donald Trump tweet proudly displayed on Tony Daysog’s pro A/26 website.



    A podcast from a well-known economics professor (I think he was or is associated with the Hoover Inst. at Stanford).

    An interesting point is made about Houston, often cited as a place without zoning ordinances. The absence of zoning ordinances in Houston does not mean that it has delivered on the promises made in support of Meas A repeal. Although Houston lacks zoning ordinances typical of other cities, it is covered in large part by (non-racial)* mutual covenants that have the effect of restricting where multi-family housing may be constructed.

    Alameda has large areas covered by similar (non-racial) private covenants.

    * – Not explicitly racial.

    Comment by MP — July 31, 2020 @ 8:18 am

  2. God election day cannot come soon enough. What an asshole…

    Comment by john doe — July 31, 2020 @ 8:40 am

    • So Joe Biden has a plan that is better than Trump’s, but refuses to share it?

      Seems like Sleepy Joe doesn’t really want to help us out right now.

      Comment by Bart — August 1, 2020 @ 5:23 am

      • Look- and I want a straight answer from you. Why do you support Trump? Let’s hear it because honestly, I consider myself a fairly intelligent person and for the life of me I have ZERO CLUE what it is that people like you find so amazing. Do you actually think Trump is a good person? Do you think its great that he cheated on both of his wives? Do you think its great that he’s installed people into various government agencies who were previously engaged in trying to undercut and destroy those agencies? Do you approve of his handling of the worst pandemic in over 100 years- calling it a hoax and as we speak doing everything he can to undermine the experts? No- let’s fucking hear it.

        And the best you can come up with is “Sleepy Joe”? Like how is that going to work? You people chose the absolute most retched person in the history of this country with what amounts to a Mount Everest of scandal attached and you seriously think Biden is worse? What planet do you live on? No seriously.

        But I bet you won’t answer. Because that’s all you do which is come on here and make pithy little comments.

        Comment by john doe — August 3, 2020 @ 10:33 am

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