Is 'artificial' growth 'smart' growth?
How could this unelected regional governing body in Oakland called Association of Bay Area Governments simultaneously promote smart population growth when it is in fact forcing real estate housing development artificially throughout the nine counties of the Bay Area?
The final housing allocation for our crowded Bay Area is 187,990 units over just this period -- more will be coming every nine years.
If five persons move into each unit, as happened in Dublin, we are witnessing an increase in congestion by almost 1 million people in less than a decade. How will this help our already maxed-out tunnels and bridges and BART parking lots? Stack-and-pack housing in our downtown is what A BAG calls "green living."
Very few Morgans are aware, for instance, of the 630-unit housing project being developed downtown under the Moraga Center Specific Plan, adding to the 53-unit project near the Moraga Country Club. This makes for another 2,000 to 3,000 more drivers atop the 1,970 new residents planned for Orinda. How will congested Moraga Way and St. Marys Road handle this?
Simple (and illegal) pension solution
I was stunned to read Wendy Brubaker's letter (June 7 Times) suggesting that Apple's cash be confiscated in order to bail out the pensions of baby boomers. Never mind the laws of the land.
But then it hit me -- We could take care of all the pension problems, and certainly the issue of how to help BART pay for the retirement of Dorothy Dugger (June 9) -- if we simply informed Apple shareholders that they are the ultimate good Samaritans, and that their money was going to bail out our economy by wiping clean the public pension deficits that are so staggering large.
And then on June 11, your lead editorial again mentions the fiscal problems of Oakland. Apple's cash could help here, too! When I return from my vacation to Oz, I'll write a proposal on this matter, and make sure to have it sent overnight to the office of Apple CEO Tim Cook.
So many problems solved with such a simple solution. Bravo!