Category Archives: Housing

Bull “cap”

The Merry-Go-Round received our first mailer of the election season two days ago. It was paid for by Alamedans-In-Charge. It urged a Yes vote on Measure K. And it contained a claim that was, at best, misleading, and, at worst, … Continue reading

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No TLC from TLC

Mike O’Hara, the familiar face of Tim Lewis Communities, is probably the guy who will present the latest version of the developer’s plan for the Encinal Terminals to Council for approval Tuesday night. The Merry-Go-Round predicts that, after the dog-and-pony … Continue reading

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“Progressives” and Prop. 10

At first glance, it might seem easy for any Alamedan who identifies herself as a “progressive” to decide to back Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act and permit cities to enact rent-control ordinances covering all rental properties within … Continue reading

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The “nexus” between market-rate and affordable housing

Today we submit for your consideration the following heresy: The market-rate residential developments approved or proposed for Alameda aren’t going to solve the problem of the shortage of affordable housing in the City.  In fact, if anything, they’re going to … Continue reading

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Is the rent stabilization ordinance working?

The results of our study conclude that Alameda’s rent stabilization ordinance appears to be having the desired effect on the rental housing market, namely to discourage relocating existing tenants to gain higher rent from new tenants, provide financial assistance to … Continue reading

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Ballot bollocks

This November, the ballot for Alameda voters will contain a measure to incorporate the existing rent stabilization ordinance into the City Charter.  Ordinarily, the Merry-Go-Round wouldn’t pay much attention to the actual ballot question the electorate will be asked to … Continue reading

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They’re there in Oakland

For more than a while now, the Merry-Go-Round has been listening as the developers of Site A at Alameda Point and the Del Monte warehouse try to explain why their projects have not broken ground, more than two years after … Continue reading

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