Blogging Bayport Alameda

November 12, 2021

Word/action mismatch

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

I’m annoyed at the New York Times right now, but this still very good:


  1. That about says it all in a nutshell. That’s us .

    Comment by John P — November 12, 2021 @ 7:09 am

  2. I don’t think it is only Affluent liberals who do this, it is 75% of people, Liberals, Conservatives, Progressives, Green, non-political. It is easiest to see in Christians are supposed to Mathew 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ and much more. How many Christians practice what they preach? It isn’t only Christians or other religious people, it is to a point everyone. People are generally selfish and self-centered. We live in a “me” culture. I know I do to a point. YIMBY exists in most people.

    Comment by Joe — November 12, 2021 @ 2:51 pm

  3. Yep, it’s true.

    Comment by Karen Bey — November 13, 2021 @ 8:58 am

  4. This video is so on target. The use of the maps and video clips is so effective.

    I wish that every Alameda resident commenting in a public meeting against a proposed housing development or zoning change would need to identify whether or not they were a homeowner, how much they bought their home for and how much their home is worth now. Instead of “I’m worried about losing our neighborhood character and available parking,” said Sue Smith, a 40-year resident, I’d rather read, “I’m worried about losing our neighborhood character and available parking,” said Sue Smith, who bought her $2.5 million, 6-bedroom home in 1980 for $200,000, pays $150 per year in property tax, AirBnBs out her basement for $150 a night and parks her 3 cars on the street. It would give a much more accurate picture of who is against new housing, and why. Maybe it would even inculcate some self-awareness in the commenters themselves.

    Comment by cinalameda — November 13, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

    • cinalameda, I agree. I would think she is paying more than $150 in property taxes, but it would still be extremely low in comparison to others. People who owned their houses forever don’t think they should have to pay their fair share. They justify it by saying they have been paying property taxes for 40 years and new homeowners haven’t but new homeowners have through their rent payments and they also don’t get to write it off their taxes. We pay a parcel tax for schools and yet we never had kids, we get charged a parcel tax for the hospital but I have Kaiser so can’t really use it and we pay 18,000+ in property tax just because it took us a while to save up for a down payment. Her house is worth a bit more than mine but we pay a ton more. Anyways, I will get off my prop 13 soapbox. The neighborhood character is always changing and parking somehow is always a problem if you have to park more than 1/2 block from your house. We moved here 16 years ago and Alameda is a lot different. I imagine if you lived here when the base was open it is completely different.

      Comment by Joe — November 13, 2021 @ 5:05 pm

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