Tag Archives: rent

Driving a slow weekend in the City

It was another slow weekend in San Francisco. During my shifts I witnessed a non-trivial collision. A Toyota pickup truck was traveling behind me south on South Van Ness. As we approached the 16th Street intersection he passed me on … Continue reading

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Fire destroys low-income resident’s apartment. Archaic rent control forces her to leave City.

The Chronicle has a touching and well-written article about the aftermath of the Mission District fire that completely destroyed a 30-unit apartment building Monday evening. Central to the article is the story of Griselda Paleo. Ms. Paleo is 59 and … Continue reading

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Politicians forget (ignore?) basic economics.

Let’s rewrite a few headlines to illustrate the point. Case 1 The original headline reads, “Supervisor looks to limit liquor licenses.” Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval seeks to add a ballot measure banning any future City liquor licenses. This headline should read, … Continue reading

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Dear Chronicle: Exodus of low-income City residents caused by rent control, not SOMA development.

This Chronicle article misses the mark. It gives a strong impression that development South of Market represents the reason San Francisco has become unaffordable for low income City residents. I paraphrase the introduction of the article: “Our City is changing. … Continue reading

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I want to pay (a bit) more rent. So do you.

San Francisco is notorious for its extreme tenant protection laws. Of course, these laws were designed with the best interests of tenants in mind. Rent control is one of these extreme tenant protections. The concept is simple and noble: let’s … Continue reading

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