'“There should be a rule, something where the landlord has to tell a prospective tenant” that a house isn’t rent controlled,'
What planet are you living on?
Oh, I forgot. San Francisco..
I am a firefighter who drives a fire engine/truck. In every instance where a bike lane has been put in it has aided our response time. Just look at the new Folsom Street configuration. There used to be an additional auto lane crowded with automobiles. Now there is an open lane easily vacated by bicycles which we can travel in. No lane is easily vacated by cars, it is tedious, time consuming process. This is the case all over the City. Instead of calling someone a "drama queen", maybe the first commentator should respond to some of these scenes and see the carnage first hand. It is pretty "dramatic" and warrants all the concern advocated in the above article. Bulb outs, road diets and traffic calming work. They reduce auto related emergencies and promote public safety. I would much rather see these tragedies averted than respond to them, but if responding, the aforementioned street improvements have only assisted our response time. The above commentator obviously has very little knowledge of what actually goes on out on our streets and Nicole Schneider obviously does.
It is not a big deal. I have worked hard my whole life and never ask anything from anyone. I am not a moocher by living in my rent controlled building. My landlord makes $10,000 per month (profit) off my building with ten apartments. She is very open about it because I am a good tenant and have lived there a long time. She is doing well. In fact she doesn't have anything to do other than collect checks. If my wife and I had to move I have no idea where we would go and we are both college educated professional people that don't have rich parents nor do we work for well paying tech employers. Probably have to go to Daly City where sad shopping centers and traffic to nowhere are the favorite past times, and no one walks. Why don't we make everyone happy and lock rent increases into what national inflation is? Like standard deductions for taxes. You want to increase my rent by 2% each year? Lower it by 2% in years like 2008? Ok cool. Increasing it by $1,000 or evicting everyone in your building is just a douchebag move. I would LOVE people to do a research study on property ownership and wealth. How many people who did not come from money and did not inherit property from family can afford to buy something in the bay area? What if your parents are not rich? What if you put yourself through college? Saying everyone with rent control is a lazy bum is just ignorant the way assuming every landlord is greedy is.
I totally got blazed off some chemtrails from my volcano. Anyway sad how much more SF is becoming like LA every day and in every way. The constant class arguments and divisions, terrible public transit, the liberal double standards, the insanely dumb broken schools next to unaffordable millionaire homes. It is sad. I loved this place. I don't even want to leave my house anymore with all the douchebags out and about.
@sfparkripoff As futile as it is to argue with an unhinged gadfly with tons of time on his hands, I just would like to know which "Taxpayers" (capital 'T'? Really?) you think don't know what the motives of WalkSF, SFBC, etc. are. Ummmm, the motive is to keep us from getting killed on the streets. kthxbye.
Emergency vehicles will have an easier time getting through if our streets keep improving for walkers and cyclists. Your oh-so-scientific perceptions that there is 'gridlock' in neighborhoods that never had it before has NOTHING to do with traffic calming and EVERYTHING to do with increasing population in the city and new-to-the-city vehicle owners who don't know not to drive on Market and Valencia Streets, to name a couple.
Oh and BTW when a large truck hits a vulnerable street user it IS almost invariably a 'massacre'
I for one have lived through the whole process. I myself have three children and had them at a young age, I also had been working since I was 15 yrs. old. No one ever plans on becoming homeless and it does not matter how many children you have at what age. I was laid off my job which was supporting myself and children as I was a single mom. I had no problems with supporting myself and children yes I lived in a small place but it was mine and my kids. Up until they decided that my un employment was needed for other things I got screwed. I stayed in the homeless shelter and transitional housing. I busted my ass while staying in the shelter but got so frigging frustrated at how it all was being ran. It is a revolving door, and most of you are right, it is people using the system as their personal retirement plan. I think that a lot of rules need to be changed and also the criteria. Not only will it defer people from using the shelter as a revolving door but also save a lot of money for the people that are hard working and really do need the help! For some of you making such lovely comments above me, until you have been in the situation you should really keep your ignorant mouths shut. It's only people like you who have made these wonderful chooses when you vote or pass some kind of law that puts us all in situations where people are flocking for help. San Francisco is a beautiful place to live and has I think real great opportunities so of course everyone is going to want a piece of that. We all make it so damn easy for people to get help that people now rely on it, and become dependent on it. Shoot I wish I can seat at the park smoke weed and watch my kids play, while not worrying about paying bills or rent and getting fed three meals a day. Shoot a lot of people are now complaining about how veterans and their families get all these benefits that generations to come will receive benefits, um yeah I didn't ask you to sign up to fight in a war and I sure as shit don't think I should be paying for your grandkids dental insurance or college fund after you pass so why the hell do I have to have my taxes mark down for that. I have a gun I can protect myself just fine!!!!!!!!!! My grandfather was a war hero, not once did he complain about anything he new what he was signing up for well shit back then they didn't even have a choose. Not once did he ever put his hand out asking for help from anyone. So there are a million things wrong with USA including ignorance. Please there are people that need that little help in life. Now if we can go into someone else's country and friggin rebuild it, then we should be able to fix all that is wrong in the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST SAYING ( :
What can The City do about the massacres happening on our streets? Somebody took their drama queen pills this morning.
The Fire Department is NOT hindering street safety. Every time the city narrows a traffic lane or put the road "on a diet" to slow down traffic it creates delays for First responders as well as public transit. All of the "traffic calming" that is being promoted by Walk SF, The Bicycle Coalition, and Livable City has done nothing but create gridlock across neighborhoods that never had a problem before.
All of these "advocacy organizations" who derive their incomes from donations, government grants, and the SFMTA Budget need to register with the city as *lobbying organizations* so that Taxpayers know what their true motives are.
Manufacturing should come online soon since deflationary policies may be implemented, although, Fed chatter is that interest rates will remain low as well as wages while necessities prices increase. Equilibrium is not a topic of discussion, neither income inequality and inflation. There is no government guidance, courage, will neither leadership to stabilize economics and citizen existence in America.
… perverse and immoral American Neo-liberalism. The securities buybacks by FRB are supporting this un-American socioeconomic oppression and the wealth is concentrated in the accounts of some of the exceptionally rich. Once the Fed decides to deflate the economy, then the recessionary crisis may be felt more acutely.
If you want to talk rent control in general.. here's the problem.. you probably have more than half living in rent control apts who may have ONCE needed the break on the rent, but now have better paying jobs, let alone in some cases, may even own property.. Let me give you an example.. my spouse works in hardware, about once a week a person will come in looking to renovate an apt that they own.... When asked why they don't live in the apt, their reply... why should I, I have a rent control apt for example in the Marina that I've lived in for 20 years... I rent out my apartment complex for much more.... Get rid of rent control... and many of these so-called people will leave the rent controlled premises... I also know a guy whose job moved to AZ.. but because his rent controlled apartment is so cheap here in S.F.... he can afford an apartment down there and up here.............. not to mention the airfare each week when he flied back and forth...............
@ Trayvon obamma : I do agree ' but ' it's " they're " ; a contraction of " they are "...." Their " is a possessive form...It's not ours ; it's theirs.
Anyone remember the gasoline lines in the 1970's?
When you try to hold back prices with price controls, it kills supply.
@ Prench Pries : Liberals....
i just wanna say the seahawks are a bunch of chickens and they'll never have the caliber of a team that we have here. sure they beat us at seattle but take away all that goddamn noise from those over eager fans that have yet to even know what its like having your team IN the Super Bowl let alone win 5 of them, you see that its a much more fair match up. niners won't even have to play these punks in the playoffs anyway.theyll probably choke in the second round.just like they did last year. seahawks suck they always will. or at least until they get some decent looking uniforms..
and marshawn lynch is a bay area kid he needs to come play for the bay
This confiscation is reducing the supply of new housing and making the new housing much more expensive:
"Of housing units under construction around the future Transbay Transit Center, 35 percent will be affordable to low-income San Franciscans, Falvey said, and mid-Market Street currently has more than 5,500 new units in the works, 26 percent of which will be affordable."
Liberals ' do ' cherish ' Multiculturalism ' after all , so...
" Roid - rage ?"
This has been an on-going fight between the dog owners and GGNRA for many many years. They (GGNRA) insist on treating this area just as they would Yosemite and any other national park. As a dog owner it totally makes me crazy. San Francisco isn't Yosemite and we need open space to run and exercise with our dogs. If and only if GGNRA goes through with restricting access to their federal land the city parks such as Golden Gate Park, McLaren Park and Sigman Stern Grove will get so crowded with dogs and their owners it will be unbearable! Thanks Mr. Lee for stepping up for the dog owners. This land is to be used by the public and the public in San Francisco owns a dog or two!!!!!!
All dogs should be on a leash! Then you won't have mishaps. If you took Charlie away... why should you chance it ever happening again! Unless of course you want to give Charlie back to his rightful owner and play by the rules. San Francisco is corrupt and changes the rules to suit their needs.
A lot of responsible people that work in SF take BART in from the East Bay, without claiming entitlement to partially confiscate some homeowner's property rights to steal a rent subsidy.
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