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September 6, 2019

National Horror Story: write out loud

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

I don’t think we’ve ever had so much president-ing in one president before. Who else would think of *checks notes* alternating a hurricane projection map to cover up an initial lie and then double down on it? Who?

Only the most presidential president in the history of president-ing.

 

September 5, 2019

Slowdown in town

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

Just so you know Councilmember Tony Daysog has received 10 parking tickets in the 10 years that he has lived in this West End house right off of Webster Street.  There’s a whole discussion around parking enforcement but it was so fatiguing that it’s not even worth going into detail because it was just continued anyway.

So, I just wanted to point out that the state Legislative Analyst Office released a building permit update statewide which reveals that building permits are at its worst state since the last recession.Screen Shot 2019-09-04 at 5.20.20 PM

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September 4, 2019

Orrrdduurrr

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

Not related to Alameda at all but I have been absolutely fascinated by what’s going on in the UK at this very moment.

Yesterday, the slim majority held by the Conservative party (which then pushed Boris Johnson into the Prime Minister’s seat) was lost when a member crossed over to the other side which sort of imploded the grand plans made when prorogation was requested and granted by the Queen.

And, then a bunch of members from the Prime Minister’s own party crossed over and voted to, essentially, undermine the Prime Minister’s agenda.   And then those members — 21 of them — were removed from the Conservative party.

I mean, does the political drama get any better than that?

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September 3, 2019

Back to business

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

I hope everyone had a great long weekend.  The City Council is finally back in session after their August break.   It’s quite a lengthy looking agenda but it appears that most of the business is on the consent calendar.  However what is on the regular agenda is pretty dense and could be of interest.

First: adopting a mitigated negative declaration for the Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. . You know the very complex document that people totally read through completely before freaking out about congestion tolls.  Yeah, that document.

Next: closing loopholes in the rent ordinance to protect tenants holding Section 8 vouchers, a revised rent relocation payment, elimination of appointed RRAC, etc.

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August 30, 2019

Fact based education

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

This is why you don’t read Twitter responses.  In response to news that two years of community college will be free for first-time and full-time college students a bunch of angry parents who don’t vaccinate their children for reasons that don’t involve science or medical knowledge decided to chime in.

 

There was a lot about giving their kids a “shot” at school or calling their kids “medically fragile” probably in response to legislation seeking to tighten the medical exemption loophole that exists.

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August 29, 2019

Bathroom emergency

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

I have to hand it to the parents who can get their kids to share more about their day then it was “good.”  I have started prompting my kids that response is unacceptable and that I want more information but I have to say that neither of my two kids (both Junior Jets) mentioned anything about the bathroom situation until I read about it on social media and asked them directly about it.

For those not on social media and/or without children at Encinal there is a lot of construction going on right now.  Like a lot of it.  Apparently, as part of this construction, some of the bathrooms are not functioning.  So it was someone’s bright idea to place accessible port-o-potties next to the Junior Jets portable to give the newest Encinal students a place to use the bathroom closer than wherever the closest functioning bathrooms are.

This, of course, was a mistake that anyone who has ever seen a school bathroom would have been able to tell the person making this decision.

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August 28, 2019

Historic cookie cutter

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

I was reading this article about how Amazon might be the future of the tiny home movement (and maybe the accessory dwelling unit movement if we ever get approvals for an “off the rack” type of ADU).  The article mentioned how buying a house from a retailer was huge back in the day.  From City Lab:

Novel as it may seem today, the mail-order house—tiny or otherwise—has a solid pedigree in North America. Beginning in 1908, after establishing an empire in the mail-order catalog business not unlike Amazon’s contemporary domination of online retail, Sears introduced the Sears Modern Home catalog, selling everything from modest bungalows to proto-McMansions.

Early models ranged from roughly $20,000 to $70,000 in 2019 dollars; then as now, buyers brought the land and labor. Combining amateur homebuilders with budget materials might seem like a recipe for shoddy quality, but more than a few Sears houses have ended up on the National Register of Historic Places. According to one estimate, over 70 percent are still standing. One D.C. model, purchased in 1925 for $3,727, recently sold for over $1 million. In all, Sears sold 75,000 homes. The kits provided a low-cost path to homeownership at a time when cities were booming and housing costs were rising.

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August 27, 2019

Looting the bootstrap store

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

There was a scary headline from the Atlantic yesterday: The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials.  And even if you are comfortable Boomber or even Gen Xer you still should be concerned about the fate of the generation who, ostensibly, will be the generation in charge of our welfare when we’re ready to pull our Social Security checks.

From the Atlantic:

Millennials got bodied in the downturn, have struggled in the recovery, and are now left more vulnerable than other, older age cohorts. As they pitch toward middle age, they are failing to make it to the middle class, and are likely to be the first generation in modern economic history to end up worse off than their parents. The next downturn might make sure of it, stalling their careers and sucking away their wages right as the Millennials enter their prime earning years.

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August 26, 2019

National Horror Story: we live in the dumbest timeline

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

What is actually going on here people?  How can all of this happen over just a few days?

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August 23, 2019

National Horror Story: unemployed in Greenland

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Was it really just the beginning of the week when the talk of buying Greenland commenced?  So exhausting, from NPR:

President Trump on Sunday confirmed that his administration has discussed buying Greenland from Denmark, comparing the idea to “a large real estate deal” and suggesting the island would be of strategic value to the United States.

And then:

President Donald Trump has been joking recently about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland. But now it’s Puerto Ricans who are the ones laughing — and many say they’d be happy with the trade.

And then he lobbed his favorite woman centric insult at the Prime Minster of Denmark:

The newspaper reported that the Greenland idea has been a pet project of Trump’s for some time. Once it broke into the open, Trump not only owned up to the idea, but said he was wounded when Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen rejected it as beneath consideration.

“I thought the prime minister’s statement … was nasty,” Trump said on Wednesday. “It was not a nice way of doing it. She could have just said ‘no, we’d rather not do it’ … they can’t say ‘how absurd.’ “

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