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December 5, 2022

Opportunity knocks

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

In addition to not remembering the history of A/26, Tony Daysog scoffed at the notion that the Builder’s Remedy would supersede A/26 as though it were some magical piece of legislation that can defy state law. Tony Daysog assumes that since it hasn’t been tested yet in the court of law (even though there were clear signals that a judge would look askance at it which is why there was a rush to settle) it is ABOVE the law. These are the times, again, I’m always surprised to remember that Tony Daysog works around development related projects for BCDC and is supposed to apply state law fairly to jurisdictions like Alameda but is on record of not understanding that a city’s backward law passed only a handful of years after the Fair Housing Act is not sacrosanct.

A recent article in the Real Deal explained the fallout from the filing of a Builder’s Remedy application which was in equal parts hilarious and frustrating. Some residents wanted to blame the Santa Monica city council for “providing the opportunity” for developers to file the Builder’s Remedy but I imagine that it’s probably the same set of people who were encouraging the city council members to thumb their nose at the State much like Tony Daysog was suggesting (and cast a vote to do with regard to the Housing Element):

In response to the buzz around the Builder’s Remedy in the wake of the high profile Santa Monica project, ABAG put out this technical assistance document which I’m sure that Tony Daysog has also not read either. I’ll point out that it wouldn’t have been a hardship for most projects in Alameda to meet the Builder’s Remedy threshold because our inclusionary housing percentages are already so high. 15% of projects outside of Alameda Point and 25% of projects at Alameda Point. These high inclusionary housing percentages were also the reason why the State’s Density Bonus was the first mortal wound against A/26, while some City Council members wanted to hike those percentages even higher to deter housing developments, the only thing it would have accomplished was to trigger Density Bonus applications automatically. Same with the Builder’s Remedy if Alameda’s Housing Element were to fall out of compliance.

To clarify this for Tony Daysog further:

If it’s too much for Tony Daysog to read it all, just the highlighted portion should suffice. Notice there is no carve out for recognizing A/26 as special and untouchable.

8 Comments »

  1. Eventually people will put the blame on the right people, not Daysog, but Newsom, the Bontas and the other
    Democrat politicians who supported the idiotic builders remedy that only helps their donors and meanwhile vote for policies that drive up inflation, energy and housing prices. There is no longer a “crushing” demand for housing, as layoffs hit across the Bay Area -over 50,000 layoffs in the tech sector alone affecting Nuro, Meta, Oracle, Alphabet, Cisco, Twitter, Lyft, Amazon, Door Dash, and many others. This is apparent in dropping real estate prices, and dropping state tax revenues (only $25 billion). Ask the 360,000 people who have left California this year, with more to come.

    Comment by Common Sense — December 5, 2022 @ 8:04 am

    • When the median sale price for a home in Alameda is still $1,2 million, proclaiming this as “dropping real estate prices” speaks to a level of institutional privilege that is breathtakingly out of touch.

      Thanks for telling us that you either inherited your home or purchased in the 80s.

      Comment by Lauren Do — December 5, 2022 @ 8:09 am

      • Said someone living in a multi million dollar house on stolen indigenous land. Most people earn what they have instead of grifting from taxpayers, even if it is common in your world.

        Comment by Spin Diesel — December 5, 2022 @ 1:09 pm

        • Do you live in the clouds perhaps? Because we’re all on stolen indigenous land.

          Comment by Lauren Do — December 5, 2022 @ 3:19 pm

        • Speak for yourself. I live on purchased land, for which I have legal title and on which I pay property taxes.

          If the USA ever loses a war in which the treaty cedes California, then it will be territory of another nation which will decide its own property law. Til then, this is America and we do things the American way.

          Comment by That’s how the world works — December 5, 2022 @ 3:56 pm

    • What?? “There is no longer a “crushing” demand for housing … ”
      What world are you living in.
      Check your common sense and the data

      Comment by Ron Mooney — December 5, 2022 @ 8:21 am

    • “Dropping real estate prices” has not been translating into increased home purchases. Now why is that? Interest rates. Even with the lowered prices, you’d have to pay 30% more in monthly payment compared to a year ago.

      Don’t confuse price declines due to interest increase with price declines due to supply increase. We very much still have a supply problem, and once rates are back to 3-5%, home prices will shoot back up to $1.5M+ range.

      285,000 new jobs added last month. These layoffs are 1% of the total job market, or back to pre-pandemic level.

      Daysog is an idiot, and people are rightfully blaming him for the destruction of Article 26.

      Comment by The Real Common Sense — December 5, 2022 @ 9:15 am

    • People are going to blame Tony and Trish because it is their fault. It’s not that hard.

      Comment by Soccer Dad — December 5, 2022 @ 2:27 pm


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