Good Morning Mission!

Folsom Street and Precita Avenue | December 7, 1943 | U20991_9 | John Henry Mentz, Market Street Railway Photographer

It is 7 a.m., 58° and headed to 70°. It warmed up to a high of 75° on Wednesday. Details for today and the next ten days are here.

Late Wednesday we put up a piece on another protest involving a dispute between landlords and tenants. The tenants charge that the property owner stole their rent, but when protesters took to the streets against the Fong family recently, the facts raised a different questions—are all landlords who use the Ellis Act to evict a tenant, bad? 

As we all know, the city’s unaffordable and the California Housing Partnership Corporation has released yet another report on the stark numbers: the city is 40,000 units short on affordable housing for very low-income and extremely low-income families.

It’s not doing any better in affordable housing.

In the meantime, Nate Silver has done a report on where police live and in San Francisco only 32 percent live within the city limits. It’s likely that new officers find it almost impossible to do so.

May you have a lovely Thursday.

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  1. whateversville

    Why would “new officers find it almost impossible to do so”? The entry-level salary for the SFPD is between $80-112k, which is comparable to many tech salaries.

    • Sam

      Yes, cops could certainly choose to live in the city if they wanted to. Presumably they prefer not to and that is their free choice. I suspect many have wives and children and prefer to live further out. Nothing wrong with that.

      Moreover such a situation might be inevitable. Most crime happens in urban minority areas and it is unlikely that such communities can never generate enough police to deal with that. So high-crime urban areas need to import cops and low-crime areas like the suburbs need to export cops.

      As for the endlessly trotted out whinery about there not being enough “affordable” housing, I’d question why it would ever be reasonable to provide so much housing that the price would be cheap in a town that clearly isn’t cheap? Probably cannot be done and I question why it should be.

      The simple fact is that not everyone can afford to live in SF any more than they can afford to live in Ross, Aspen, La Jolla or Monteceito. And that is why we have those same suburbs.

      Only 10% of the Bay Area residents live in SF. It’s perfectly reasonable for anyone who cannot afford SF to do the same thing. That’s why we built BART, CalTrain, bridges, tunnels and freeways.

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