Yeah, we know the election has come and gone, but we leave this up because we want you to know we don't just mouth off, we put theory to practical application, and put that before the voters.
I'm a veteran school teacher who has been engaged in public policy advocacy since 1989.
I'm running for San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee in order to stir up enough public advocacy for land policy reform that our representatives really do take action to reform Prop 13.
Both of the two chief issues facing the people of San Francisco have the economic dynamics of land values at their core. Those two issues are the wealth divide and the cost of housing.
The wealth divide is fundamentally brokered by the experience of share-cropping the value of land. I use the seemingly obsolete term share-cropping because it is visceral and accurate. In the olden days, farmers who owned no land would rent land from someone else, and pay the land rent with a portion of the crop raised. Of course very few people are raising agricultural crops in San Francisco today (one might characterize marijuana cultivation in closets under grow lights as farming), but nearly all of us are paying a portion of the value of the goods and services we produce to the landlord.Those goods and services we produce are our "crops."
My core economic beliefs are 1)human beings will get on satisfactorily if they have access to land on an equal basis with all other human beings, 2)land is not made by people, it is a gift of nature, 3)the value of land/location is a community-generated value, 4)the privatization of community-generated land value injuriously distorts income for 95% of the population.
Socializing land values--that is, retrieving all of them for public revenue will end share-cropping. That will make a huge difference in the wealth divide. No longer will some derive income from mere ownership of land.
The end of share-cropping, brought about by socializing land values, will also dramatically effect the cost of housing, and in a desirable way. To the extent that land values are collected for the good of community, to that extent is land speculation abolished. Put another way, when land ceases to have the ability to deliver income to private interests, land ceases to be the object of speculative investment.
All this is big thinking and long term in public policy implementation. Such big thinking, and such public policy adjustments must be made to really and truly address the wealth divide and fix the housing crisis
In the much shorter term, and to aid those in distress today, I propose, during the term of office, to vigorously support legislation and policy that most nearly heeds the economc truths here discovered.
For instance, beginning today, I advocate for a semi-annual flat fee for all cars parked on San Francisco streets. The revenue will be used to house and serve the needs of the homeless community. Public land, e.g. parking space, should be prioritized for human beings over automobiles. Price that public land, permit cars to be parked overnight there, and use the revenue to mitigate the perils of homelessness.
Save San Francisco Real Estate School
Look for the banner above any given afternoon or evening, suspended from one of SF's numerous parklets, and sit down for a thirty minute class in real estate.
In that time you'll learn 1)how to put the value of SF real estate to work for the community; 2)how to connect people to local politics so they vote (for people like me); 3)how to make affording to live in SF possible for literally anyone who wishes to live here.
If you don't see the banner and just can't wait for real estate school, email or call, and we'll set up a house call session!