I would like to respond to contributor Ashwin Vasant’s praise of state Assembly candidate James Coleman’s plans to “solve our affordable housing crisis” by volunteering South San Francisco for his public housing social experiment and his support of an Article 34 ballot measure.

As stated, this plan will be funded because “under James’ leadership, South San Francisco is expecting more than $100 million in affordable housing funds — without taxing a single resident.” While this sounds grand, I call your attention to the operative word “expecting.” There is absolutely no guarantee this funding will materialize and any miscalculation will find the resident taxpayers of South San Francisco burdened with possibly astronomical costs. Note, in previous council meetings, the city attorney did not rule out the need for finding other sources of funding. Sounds like taxes to me. Also not included in Mr. Coleman’s bold idea is where he plans to locate this public housing and whose neighborhoods might be negatively impacted by these buildings.

It is also impossible for me to ignore the fact that the contributor knows plenty about South San Francisco affairs, particularly his favorite candidate, but is a resident of Foster City. It would seem that he, just as with Mr. Coleman, is taking liberties with other people’s money. I’m not sure affected residents of South San Francisco welcome this kind of outside interference when the individual apparently has no “stake in the game.”

Cory David

South San Francisco

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Terence Y

Cory – thanks for your letter. You may notice that Ashwin didn’t expand upon the source of this $100 million. If any part of that $100 million is from the government, then residents have already been taxed and Ashwin is flat out lying. However, if this $100 million is from private sources, one has to wonder who donated all or part of the $100 million.


If Google informs me correctly Mr Vasant was around 11 years old in 2017 making him perhaps 16 today. How about we make sure teenagers don't have to worry about where they will live as adults. I know *exactly* such concern at that age when my family lost our home in the 1990's recession. Let's commit to making sure no child has to worry about finding a place to live as an adult. Social housing has a role and it especially has a role IF we allow it with equity building tools that will help young adults get their own "stake in the game." No one should have to save to 35-45 to buy into their first home and social housing can get your foot in the equity door.


Dirk van Ulden

Remind me again where the word equity is mentioned in the Constitution or any of the Amendments? I grew up in the Netherlands and had until my 19th year no idea where I would end up. I worked for it and so did all of my children who don't have a problem with finding a place to live. You want to be worry free? Move to China or Cuba.

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