Among the many crises in San Francisco that are directly attributable to loony leftwing governance, add the lack of affordable housing. Leaders like to make excuses, like a lack of developable land, but that’s nonsense. There’s plenty of land for housing, but it would easier to saw through a petrified redwood tree with an eco-friendly hemp drinking straw than to hack through all the government paperwork and “no growth” restrictions that keep anyone from building there.
To keep up with population growth, San Francisco needs to be adding 5,000 housing units a year. Instead, they’ve averaged 1500 a year for decades. Result: a recent real estate report found that just to afford the median-priced home in San Francisco, a buyer would need to be making $303,000 a year. No wonder there were so many people living together on the sitcom “Full House!”
This has led to all sorts of other odd problems, like a waiter shortage. The $15-an-hour minimum wage means restaurants can’t afford to hire waiters, and even if a waiter gets a job at that rate, it’s not enough to be able to afford to live there. On the bright side for residents, maybe some of the violent criminal illegal immigrants welcomed to the “sanctuary city” by its leaders will leave when they can’t find a place to live.
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There’s more such Bay Area buffoonery detailed at the link. And remember: all you have to do is vote for “Progressive” Democrats in November, and you can enjoy this kind of leadership nationwide!