If You Think SB 50 will be Bad, Think Again: It will Actually be Much Worse

By Dick Platkin : citywatch – excerpt

PLATKIN ON PLANNING-By now most CityWatch readers are familiar with SB 50, California State Senator Scott Wiener’s reboot of last year’s SB 827, a bill that died in committee…

But many people do not yet know that despite a slick PR campaign, SB 50 is worse than SB 827. It will not only fail to reach its goals, but it will instead produce gentrification, traffic congestion, and more Green House Gases. The reason? SB 50 is based on two utterly false premises.

False premise 1. Homelessness and the high cost of housing result from municipal zoning laws. A simple peek at the booms and busts of the real estate market quickly reveals the irrelevance of zoning to the cost of housing. Unlike rapidly fluctuating interest rates and lending requirements, consumer demand, rent control laws, fuel prices, road conditions, mass transit fares, tax laws, government housing programs, and economic inequality, zoning is fixed. A stable variable, zoning, cannot cause wild gyrations in residential prices and building rates, all shown on the following graph… (more)

Gentrification started with the war on cars. Remember “parking is not a right it is a privilege?” That turned into “cars are evil and parking is the problem”. Now we see the real goal, coming at us, that parking removal soften us up for – citizen displacement. Single family homes are evil. Only multi-family homes, preferably small and confined units, are the “right for all”. If you own a single family home you are a selfish so and so who should sell to the developers and take your supposed profits out of town.

Not only is that a strange message to give to homeowners, but it is severely flawed. First, you are assuming because all homes are worth a million dollars, the sellers will be rich when they sell. There are many reasons this is not the case, starting with the fact that many homes are financed and most of the money will go to the banks to pay off the loans. Even for those homeowners who are not sitting on debt, there is the daunting task of moving somewhere else. Where will they move?

Why not take the jobs to the housing in the valley to cut out the commute time and commute traffic. The homes are already built and waiting for jobs. Share the wealth of jobs with the communities who need them. Build the office space where it is wanted and needed. Create you new tech-based communities in new cities, without disrupting peoples lives.

Find out more about SB50 and why you may want to encourage the Supervisors and Mayor to oppose it:

Open Forum: Trickle-down housing won’t solve our affordability crisis

By Gordon Mar : sfchronicle – excerpt

San Francisco has the highest income gap, one of the fastest-growing wealth gaps, and some of the highest housing costs in the world. This isn’t news, but it bears repeating as we consider how best to address our affordability crisis…(more)