There Goes the Neighborhood

I am not a fan of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

He lost my respect years ago when as San Francisco mayor he had an affair with his campaign manager’s wife.  Any earlier time in history, and such brazen adultery would have finished his future aspirations.

But standards and morals not what they used to be, he was elected governor two years ago with plans on moving on to the presidency.  God help us.

His political views are to the left of former Gov. Jerry Brown.  Many bills that Brown vetoed in 2018, Newsom signed in 2019.  “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” should be the theme song for Sacramento Democrats.

He signed a law for schools which emboldens bad kids to misbehave without consequences.  He continues supporting legislation that will destroy single-family neighborhoods.

Right now, if you live in California and own a house, beware.  Senate Bill 1120 is in the state assembly which, according to the Los Angeles Times, would allow “property owners [to] convert their single-family house into a duplex or demolish the house and in its place build two new single-family homes or a duplex.  Property owners could also split a single-family lot into two and then build two additional units, thus placing four homes where there previously was one.”

In other words, one household turns into 4 households.  Think of the additional cars, air and noise pollution that would impact neighbors’ standard of living.

What is driving this insanity is the wrong-headed thinking that if only more housing would be available, the homeless population would decrease.  Are they serious?

That is assuming 2 large illogical beliefs.  One, that many of the homeless are mentally normal people who are on the streets because they can’t afford the rent.  Don’t buy it.

Two, that by destroying the American Dream and making each street un-uniform in appearance, two duplexes here, one duplex there, one house, etc., those homeless people will be able to move into that neighborhood.  Wrong again.

Unless the government subsidizes the cost of the new duplexes below market value, those on limited incomes will still not be able to afford a duplex in a nice neighborhood.  Instead, developers will bid on homes, knock them down, erect duplexes, and come away richer than before, leaving in their dust a permanently damaged landscape for people who have lived in their neighborhoods for decades.  Unbelievable.

To add insult to injury, he has botched this state’s management of the coronavirus pandemic.  Back in March, his reviews were glowing as he was the first governor in America to mandate a quarantine.   This did work for a while, until in May when instead of reopening the economy gradually, he opened the floodgates, leading to a surge in the summer worse than the spring’s number of cases and deaths.

If you live in California and believe as I do, run don’t walk to your laptop, find out who your local Assembly member is, and fill out the “contact” form imploring them not to vote for 1120.

And when the next gubernatorial election happens in 2022, don’t forget what is happening now.

Otherwise, the theme song for many of will be “California, Here I Go.”

 

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