Bodega Bay housing
EDITOR: Staff Writer Mary Callahan’s article about Harbor View in Bodega Bay highlighted the developer’s view (“Long-stalled project begins with scrutiny, May 3). The statement that any population increase “will depend on whether most or all of the homes are used for primary residences” was, however, on point.
Bodega Bay lacks affordable housing. There are ever-more vacation rentals in town, removing permanent rental housing from the market. The 14 apartments in Harbor View won’t remain affordable forever. They can become condos or market-rate rentals.
How do 70 expensive (likely) second homes sustain our local school, allow our kids to stay here and raise a family, provide alternatives to our workers who support local businesses and must drive in every day, let alone sustain our community character?
As for “not a lot of noise” in town about the development, if your business depends on tourists, is dependent on taxes to operate or is real estate, you aren’t likely to feel any concern.
Cluelessness, “I’ve got mine,” heads in sand — that got us to today.
What happens when this development is built out, resulting in the continued conversion of our coastal community into an enclave affordable to a few or to those who pop in for the weekend?
An utter failure
EDITOR: The first two weeks after inauguration brought a daily laugh. The next two months were more disgusting each day. Since then, the daily screw-ups have become downright dangerous. If Donald Trump had been elected as a Democrat, he would already be impeached. However, with Republicans in control of Congress, we hear not a word.
Now comes the topper, an obvious case of treason by our president (“Trump shared intel with Russians,” Tuesday). The GOP is silent, while our country is headed to disaster with a president who knows nothing about history or politics, refuses to separate his business from his high office and willfully lies his way through each day (and night).
And with all this, I still have a few friends who I had thought to be somewhat intelligent who still cannot make themselves admit his utter failure. To quote Trump, sad!
Rent control’s value
EDITOR: We are living in a world of artificial dichotomies. Rent control would stabilize the financial condition of people who need help now. We also need housing. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. Rent stabilization now, as secured by voting yes on Measure C, would help the homeless and seniors and families and children.
All of us should laud the many developers and community leaders working to build the housing we need. In the meantime, voting yes on C would provide the needed stability and predictability in the financial lives of the most vulnerable among us. So let us praise the City Council and city leaders and developers who are busily working on finding ways to get more housing for everyone.
I hope people understand that it’s a false dichotomy to pit one against the other. I hope people will vote yes on Measure C.
GERRY LA LONDE-BERG
Lying and politics