I recently received an e-mail from an organization called Pacific West Organization of Realtors. They wanted me to fill out a “questionaire” to determine if my views matched with theirs. The e-mail informed me that, should I give favorable answers, I could be called in for an interview, and then I might get some financial contributions. Here are my answers to their questions. I don’t think I’ll be getting a call from them:

Q. Should government regulate rental rates?
A. Yes.

Q. Should government require developers to allocate a percentage of units built for affordable/workforce housing?
A. Yes.

Q. Should government require property inspections?
A. Yes.

Q. Should government impose point of sale requirements for any reason?
A. I don’t know what that means. I’ll google it and get back to you.

Q. What should government do to increase housing supply?
A. There are already too many houses in Fullerton.

Q. What mistakes have government authorities made regarding housing?
A. Allowing too many development companies to destroy natural open space.

Q. Who should decide appropriate land use and why?
A. City Council and the Planning Commission because they are public servants, and not capitalists trying to make money.

Q. What should be done to make housing more affordable and attainable?
A. Stop charging so much for houses.

Q. When should eminent domain be used?
A. Only in the year of the rabbit.

4 Responses to Housing

  1. Rent control is nice, but the market determines pricing. Can you explain what you mean when you say, “stop charging so much for housing.”

  2. Tracey says:

    I love it.

  3. admin says:

    I mean just that. I don’t think that “the market” is this cooly objective abstract entity that harmlessly guides the flow of resources. That was Adam Smith’s dream, but I don’t think it is a reality. I think “the market” is affected by choices humans make, particularly corporate executives, developers, real estate companies, and government.

  4. Laurel de Graaf-Garcia says:

    I think I love you! You’ve got my vote! We, your Wilshire neighbors, will be behind you tomorrow all the way. Thank you for being a voice of reason and real people.