Yes on G: “Save Rent Control”
By gay conservative homeowners and gay conservative offices of the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars displaying “No on G” signs, I would assume that they prefer “straight” and mostly white people living here, over other GLBTQ people and people of various ethnicities, because should Proposition G fail that will force more and more of what remains of the GLBTQ populace out of the city.
UPDATED: Hola. ¿Qué tal? San Francisco has had rent control as long as I’ve lived here. Rent control in San Francisco applies to any residential building constructed before 1979, so therefore any apartment building built after 1979 is not under rent control. But despite that, for years the shill$ and hack$ for the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars have whined that developers refuse to build new buildings here because of San Francisco’s rent control laws. In reality, developers today seem to be building new buildings for the very wealthy just fine, and the new buildings are not under rent control. They’re typically called “Luxury Designer Condos” (Dahling) and most of them resemble a sterile office building, rather than a place where one would want to live.
The Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars as well as conservative elitist homeowners despise rent control. The hypocrisy in that is that many, if not most, of these elitist homeowners today were most likely tenants/renters themselves in the past in San Francisco, and so they benefited from the same rent control laws they now want to abolish. Such hypocrisy is so typical in the US of Hypocrisy.
The majority of what remains today of the GLBTQ populace in San Francisco are tenants in rent-controlled apartments.
Currently, there is yet another attempt to remove rent control apartments off the market in San Francisco with Proposition G on the November 2014 ballot.
Yes on G: “Save Rent Control”
The Harvey Milk GLBTQ Club (which wears the “progressive” label) endorses “yes” on Prop G (“Save Rent Control”). The conservative Alice B Toklas Club has taken a “no endorsement” position. I had expected the Alice Club to endorse “no” on Prop G to favour the conservative homeowners and the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars. Conservative, corporatist Politician Cocks—who claims to be gay (although I’ve never seen him with anyone and he does try to be heteronormative)—has also taken a “no endorsement” position. Now that’s rich. I would have expected that conservative corporatist to align himself with the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars, as they are helping to fund his re-election campaign. Maybe he’s taken the “no endorsement” route because he’s up for re-election so he is charading as “neutral” on the matter? Is anyone fooled by that?
San Francisco is in the midst of a deepening affordable housing crisis, although the elitist conservatives deliberately omit the word “affordable” when talking about our affordable housing crisis. They just say we have a housing crisis (which is bull shit) so that more outrageously expensive “Luxury Designer Condos” (Dahling) can and will be built for the very wealthy. In reality, there’s no shortage of housing for the wealthy in San Francisco. As I’ve written before, long-time San Franciscans are being forced out of the City by rampant tech gentrification. New (techie) residents moving into the city are being charged rents that only the very wealthy can afford. The scum from the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars from all across The Cesspool (the US/los Estados Unidos) and internationally are buying up apartment buildings in San Francisco and turning them into “Luxury Designer Condos” (Dahling) as well as short-term rentals. This is diminishing our affordable housing supply and is consequently removing rent-controlled units from the market.
The wealthy conservatives/right-wing (they usually hide behind the “libertarian” label) are currently enjoying their wet dream come true for this city. For decades they have wanted what is currently happening to this city. Today, they now love this city that they once—not long ago—claimed to despise. I have certainly noticed that when the Real Estate Industrial Complex Shills and Hacks troll on local message forums, they come across as arrogant and smug assholes, and they’re usually dumping on rent control. I’ve also noticed that homeowners/property owners in San Francisco have this reputation for thinking that just because they own property that their opinion matters more than that of other people, and that being a homeowner entitles them to special rights.
Whether one is a long-time homeowner, a tenant in a rent controlled apartment or has just moved here for a job in the Tech Surveillance-State Industrial Complex which is ravaging this city, real estate liars and their speculation are continuing to put our barrios at risk by displacing non-wealthy tenants they don’t want living here—they only want the wealthy to live here—from their homes, driving up the cost of housing and eroding our barrios for the average person. Anyone who is not (extremely) wealthy is at risk from speculation.
Some details about Proposition G:
The proposed speculator tax of Proposition G is focused exclusively to discourage the quick purchase and re-sale of apartment buildings. Only speculators pay this tax. The tax would be imposed only on multi-unit buildings that are bought and re-sold in less than five years. There is no tax on all single-family homes, condos, or owner occupied housing units (including Tenancies-In-Common). If Proposition G passes, that will supposedly discourage the flipping of apartment buildings—although in my opinion at the rate things are going I wouldn’t be surprised if they were to find some way around this to continue the flipping of apartment buildings—and encourage long-term investment in existing and new (affordable?) housing.
In my area of Castro/Upper Market in San Francisco, I’ve seen gay homeowners as well as the offices of the Real Estate Industrial Complex and their Corrupt Liars (with GLBTQ real estate liars working there) with “No on G” signs in their windows. I was saddened and disgusted to see that, because what that tells me is that some self-centered/self-absorbed GLBTQ homeowners and GLBTQ real estate liars think more about their own financial situation than they do about anybody else. It also tells me that even though they are gay, they are really anti-gay and elitists, because should Proposition G fail that will force more and more of what remains of the GLBTQ populace out of the city. And who will replace them as tenants? Based on who is moving in here at this time the GLBTQ tenants will be replaced by more “straight” young, white, wealthy techie people as the city continues to lose its ethnic diversity and its GLBTQ population. The conservative Oligarchy of San Francisco (which includes supposedly gay Politician Cocks) seem to have the goal of making San Francisco “The Techie Capital” for the Tech Surveillance-State Industrial Complex. Some residents have complained about el alcalde/the mayor and his corporate billionaire owner of the techie industry and the mayor’s absurd policies of obsessing over one industry: Tech, and the city giving corporate welfare through tax breaks to that industry when techie companies base their company in San Francisco. (Detroit focused on one industry and look at Detroit today. And for some time now, there has been credible talk about the tech bubble bursting.)
But this is part of San Francisco’s plan to make this city a conservative city of and for the wealthy, which is currently underway. By gay homeowners and Real Estate Industrial Complex offices displaying “No on G” signs, I would assume that they prefer “straight” (and mostly white) people living here, over other GLBTQ people and people of various ethnicities. If they wanted to live around “straight” and mostly white people rather than other Queer people and ethnic diversity, why didn’t these conservative gay homeowners and real estate liars stay where they were decades ago instead of moving to San Francisco during the (now-fading) Gay Mecca days? Chau.—el barrio rosa