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Here’s a little good news for you scare junkies out there so worried about Humboldt County turning into the next Santa Rosa. No worries, friends, because we’ve already turned into the next San Francisco!! Awesome!

San Francisco City Councilman

moves family out of San Francisco

by C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle

Supervisor Chris Daly, the sworn enemy of gentrification in [San Francisco], announced Wednesday that he has bought a house in the suburb of Fairfield and has moved his wife and two children there. The revelation brought out his critics, who highlighted the extreme irony of him falling victim to his own legislative efforts to encourage the building of low-income housing at the expense of middle-class housing.

Daly, who was 28 when he was elected to the board in 2000, has been in the vanguard of far-left politics since he arrived from Maryland in 1993. He has opposed legislation that would encourage tenancy-in-common condominium conversions, which middle-class housing advocates say would allow young families to buy a place in the city, and even called for a three-year moratorium on all condo conversions. In addition, he has shown little interest in attacking the issues of chronic drunkenness and violence in the Tenderloin, the kind of quality-of-life issues that make the city less family friendly.

And now he’s announced that he is moving his family to the suburbs. (Actually, although he says he still lives in his home in San Francisco, tax assessor records indicate that Daly and his wife, Sarah Low, have purchased two homes in Fairfield, one in February and one in April.)

“Here’s a guy who has not only consistently voted against working-class families in San Francisco, he’s introduced legislation that has hurt them,” said fellow Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who has taken her fair share of abuse for owning a second home in the Wine Country. “How invested in the city are you when you sit on the board for a few years and then decide you don’t like how the city looks and move your family out?”

Daly would not respond to interview requests, but he has fallen into the pattern of thousands who have come before him. Idealistic, well-educated young people move into town, rent an apartment and become champions of social causes. After five years or so, when they discover that they might like to own a home, raise kids or live in a place where they don’t have to step over a homeless camper on their doorstep on the way to work, they realize they will have to move out of town.

“The reason is that you have this largely transient population who come here with their college ideals and want to enact ideological change,” said David Latterman, a local political consultant and analyst.

“It’s an anti-middle-class agenda,” he said of Daly’s legislative history in favor of building low-income units. “It is really about using a portion of the renters in San Francisco as political capital.”

Latterman’s point is backed up by some simple math. The 2000 census says that two-thirds of housing units in San Francisco are renter-occupied. But the majority of new rental units are for low-income or very-low-income households. Between 1999 and 2006, a Planning Commission report says, there were more than 4,000 units built for low-income families earning less than $48,000 a year, but only 725 for families of four earning between $75,000 and $113,000.

“We maintain that middle-income housing is underserved in San Francisco,” said Tim Colen, executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. “It is inconceivable, for example, that we could have a healthy, functioning school system without a solid middle-class presence.”

But young families get fed up – with either the high prices or the quality-of-life hassles – and move out. Meanwhile, the demographic that is encouraged is the low-income tenant.

“Why is it so damn difficult for a middle-class family to make it in San Francisco?” asked Latterman. “Because it is so expensive? How come there are so many low-income people, then?”

And now, after years of discouraging middle-income housing, Daly is caught in the same bind.

“I think that Chris did try to buy a place in San Francisco,” said Randy Shaw, executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic. “But it is just too expensive.”

Maybe Daly should have thought of that when he was making it difficult for young couples with two kids to own a home in San Francisco.

13 Responses

  1. I’m still waiting to hear just one of our supervisors say he or she will live in that low-rent crap they want to build so much of. Lovelace is the worst. Lives in Bayside next to Kirk Girard, both of whom fight tooth and nail to keep anyone else from being able to build there. Wouldn’t want to slum up their hood.

  2. This is exactly what our stupidvisors are trying to push us into. A county of poor people living in urban ghettos while they chill in Bayside. I agree if they want to build it, they can live in it.

  3. There is a phone bank campaign going on at the request of NEC, Healthy Humboldt, etc. where students at HSU are calling the supervisors and telling them that they can not find an affordable place to live and that “the supervisors must approve Inclusionary zoning now”.

    Hmm, let’s see.

    The university is being told to grow college by the CSU Regents. The new 400 bed dormitory complex won’t be available for residency until next year, and is being built at a cost of some $38 million dollars.

    Of course, there is always the option that someone could TRY to build something new in Arcata from the private sector – but not this year. Right,… in Arcata. Even if someone has a developable site there, the cost of construction due to their exorbitant entitlement conditions drives the cost so high that no one wants to build anything in Arcata.

    Do the math, if you can Bonnie, and no fair having family check it for you. Don’t try to get Mark Lovelace to do it either – he’s out of batteries in his calculator.

  4. Anon–we moved your comment from the AEDC thread over to here. Nice to see you again, friend!!

  5. To paraphrase Chris Crawford, a developer is someone who wants to build a house in Bayside. An environmentalist is someone who already has one.

  6. This says it all: “The reason is that you have this largely transient population who come here with their college ideals and want to enact ideological change,” said David Latterman, a local political consultant and analyst. “It’s an anti-middle-class agenda,”

  7. My idea: during NECs ‘listening session’ tell them to stop with the dishonesty and maybe try to bring people back together again. There’s so much we all agree on, but they’ve made a business out of accentuating our disagreements. Why? I have a few gue$$e$.

  8. 255, One difference between San Francisco and us is their elected officials are moving out of the city while ours never lived there in the first place.

  9. To paraphrase the Bug …

    Maybe the truth is that these no-growth organizations’ clumsy and moronic scare tactics do nothing to address housing needs and legitimate property rights.

    The notion that in 35 years perhaps demand and population growth may result in the spread of housing is laughable and ignores the need for actual planning. Just saying no to everything artificially drives up housing costs and drastically drives down livable communities.

  10. Thanks Bugs – oh so glad you are back!!!!! :-)

  11. Yeah, behind gates, with driveways that are over 800 feet long and no secondary access —- anyone else in the county would not be able to build under those “firesafe” standards. Firesafe my _ _ _.

  12. Um, “HELLO” indeed: wouldn’t NEC have to be honest people to start with in order to give a crap in trying to get people together? Maybe you need to begin by being honest with yourself: these people do not give a dang about anything or anyone other than themselves… Wake up!!!

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