KQED fail. This morning the San Francisco NPR outlet aired a five-minute segment on the problems people have finding apartments in San Francisco. The segment contained two lengthy personal profiles. But there was not one mention of rent control which has been in effect in San Francisco for about 30 years.
I agree. the beneficiaries of rent control are mostly college educated professionals with way more work opportunities than the “working class and poor, with jobs in the city providing the needed service jobs a city needs”, which rent control was designed to help. they are the vocal supporters; they refuse to let the city have “means testing” – have tenants prove they need financial help and that they don’t commute elsewhere. result – landlords sell, fewer rentals on market; few landlords who do rent want top, top, dollar since who knows if the tenant will ever leave? the tenants union wants to put landlords against the wall so they can make them all appear greedy while the well-educated hipsters stay for decades in one of the most desireable cities in the world, letting them chill — which half the world would do. and exactly why is it the landlords duty to help suppor them. that’s right, might is right and fairness has nothing to do with the tenant’s union’s goals.