Editor,

In response to the Aug. 27 letter to the editor, Mike Dunham appears to thank the California Assembly and Senate for selling out those who own or rent in single-family neighborhoods.

California elected officials have chosen not to represent voters, but to instead push the agenda of developers, who only want to make more money and further congest our neighborhoods.

It is unfortunate that Kevin Mullin, Marc Berman and Josh Becker have chosen to ensure future campaign contributions instead of representing their constituents.

Ronald Field

Burlingame

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(15) comments

edkahl

Instead of increasing the availability of affordable single family housing with higt speed commuter transit, Democrats want to stack and pack people where they have more control over them.

Ed

Tommy Tee

What a stupid statement.

Terence Y

Tommy – the fact you have no rebuttal speaks volumes. Methinks we know who has the stupid statement.

Tommy Tee

Youthinks.

HFAB

The author consistently writes in opposition to any changes that would help the housing crisis, yet actually lives in a neighborhood of mixed housing ... single family homes, duplexes and apartments so I don't understand his resistance.

Terence Y

I’m not really sure what you’re getting at, HFAB. After all, Californians are living under Newsom and millions of people in resistance will vote to recall him. We’re all living under Biden’s stolen election and I’m pretty sure almost everyone, even those who don’t want to admit it, are resistant to the cowardice in which Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan behind enemy lines. Are you accepting of Biden’s actions?

Tafhdyd

Terence,

Other than your obvious hatred of anything on the left, what does Afghanistan have to do with local housing? Your memory has also been impaired by the rust on your tinfoil hat. Maybe your right wing fake news sources didn't tell you about your conman Trump abandoning our Kurdish allies in Syria that fought with us for years so his dictator buddy in Turkey, Erdogan, could eliminate them. Pulling out would also be a boon for his dearest buddy Vladimir and Russia's position there. Even his own cabinet members were against his knee-jerk policy. One said the U.S. “must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. ... Leaving them to die is a big mistake.” Your two-faced hero Kevin McCarthy said “I want to make sure we keep our word for those who fight with us and help us,” adding that, “If you make a commitment and somebody is fighting with you, America should keep their word.” BTW, how are you doing with your bamboo fibers?

Ray Fowler

Hey! It's Labor Day...

I don't want to step in between you and Terence... but the Afghanistan question probably doesn't fit here. Trump and the Kurds is an interesting point... just like Barack's Syrian red line. Of course, if you want to go further back, why didn't Bill take out bin Laden when he had the chance?

I feel the "shoulda, woulda, coulda" comments about past presidents' policies just obscure where we should be placing our focus... on today's Afghanistan issues following implementation of the Biden withdrawal. "What difference, at this point, does it make" that Barack wanted to get out but could not do so and the Donald's withdrawal plan would likely not have created the chaos we have witnessed in Afghanistan over the past month?

So, if we're gonna hear "Orange Hair bad!" then we have to also hear "Yellow Belly worse!"

Tafhdyd

Ray,

Good to hear from you. Yep, Labor Day, time for BBQ burgers and beer. I agree with your comment and that is the point of my first line. "What does Afghanistan have to do with local housing?" I only replied to point out that fact. You will have to ask him why he always changes the subject so he can spew his derogatory remarks in every comment.

As long as it was brought up, there is plenty of blame to go around for the past 20 years. Yes, Bill had his chance but so did GW have several years. Knowing DJT's knee-jerk reactions and his coddling of dictators, I wouldn't put a lot of my hard earned cash on his withdrawal. As for the colors, IMHO there is so much bad that the good would never erase the orange stain so it is always going to be "Orange man bad" in my book.

BTW, I see it is 5 o'clock in the midwest. Have a nice day.

Terence Y

Oh dear, it appears Taffy has returned to his tinfoil hat and fake news shtick because he has no valid rebuttals and apparently doesn’t understand a comparison of similar situations. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Afghanistan or some other Biden America Last policy such as releasing south of the border folks into the American wild - any idiotic Biden policy will do. I know Afghanistan causes knee-jerk reactions and convolutes thinking by those unable to list a Biden accomplishment.

Speaking of which, let me help you out… Americans and other folks in Afghanistan looking to private rescue groups because they know coward-in-chief Biden abandoned them. Jo(k)e Biden preventing planes filled with Americans from leaving Afghan airport. Let’s see how the lamestream media tries to spin it when Biden pays ransom for those Americans being held hostage. You would think the billions in arms and equipment Biden already gave to the Taliban would count for something – oh yeah, it did, Biden was forced to get out of Afghanistan before the end of August.

Tafhdyd

Ray,

You see what I mean? [sad]

Ray Fowler

I think it's pretty clear that the writer, Ronald, feels the changes will benefit developers without really easing the housing shortage... which begs the question... why are state legislators not paying heed to the wishes of their constituents. I'm only trying to connect the dots as it appears Ronald may not have an online subscription that will allow him to address your points.

Lou

Well Said Terence and Mr. Field, Thank you!!

Terence Y

Well said, Mr. Field. If these two bills are signed, I hear the referendum process can be initiated to delay these two bills while petitions are ongoing and then, if the petition is approved, the bills are delayed until the vote on the two referendums take place. Perhaps someone knowledgeable in the referendum process can clarify. If we’re lucky, it’ll cost developers millions and hopefully tens of millions of dollars to convince voters to not repeal the bills. Meanwhile, voters know that Mullin, Berman, and Becker know which side their bread is buttered on – and it’s not their constituents. Recall them?

DavidP

I support Mike Dunham’s opinion on the perceived benefits of changing zoning laws for single-family only neighborhoods. I am a 20-year home owner and more recently a renter, and welcome the new found flexibility to my neighbors and I for creating more evolving and thriving communities. That doesn’t make me a sell out. That doesn’t make me a shill for a greedy developer boogie man snatching up properties from kindly old home buyers lucky enough to have bought into the market in the ‘70’s or ‘80’s. Those attempting to most influence policymakers through campaign contributions are realtor and apartment owner super PACs. I have confidence that our state legislators are indeed listening to _all_ its constituents and working hard to make trade offs between the affluent few lamenting the demise of civilization and the majority open to change.

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