Credit Where It's Due

RECEIVED Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Dear Editor,
    I don't normally expect sensible suggestions from Mayor Adler, since he signed off on the infamous school bus camera program where automated cameras on school buses record cars passing in the vicinity of stopped school buses. Then a slew of expensive tickets are sent via mail, without the due process of a police officer making a traffic stop after observing an infraction, to people who were obeying the law but can't afford to take time off work to show up and contest this injustice.
    But, to give credit where it is due, Mayor Adler's proposal outlined in the Chron's article "Build 1, Get 2 Free" [News, Nov. 22], which would allow "triplexes throughout the city, by right," would (weakly) affirm everyone's private property rights, and thus result in an influx of more affordable housing for less wealthy residents who couldn't otherwise afford to live in the city. I suspect such a proposal would be doomed, since a similar idea was proposed in St. Paul, Minn., and then got shot down by wealthy existing property owners who show up at all the meetings. Apparently "I Moved Here and Gentrified a House, Now Let's Slam the Door Shut on Everyone Else" is a thing for those who claim to be compassionate ... if it doesn't inconvenience them.
Jim Henshaw
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