Without considering consumer behavior, government interventions can have unintended consequences. by Ravahn Samati I could be accused of being dogmatic and emotionally committed to government intervention where I see social inequality. It might be that there are limitations to the government as a creative force to solve the problems of the private sector. Furthermore, it … Continue reading A Case for Economic Analysis from an Idealist
By Rick Riviera, MBA/MPP Candidate 2018 The closest I’ve come to crying since November 8th was watching Last Week Tonight’s five-minute montage of people describing all the ways 2016 has been horrible (besides the election), followed by John Oliver dynamiting a giant 2016 sign in an empty stadium . It was a catharsis that I … Continue reading Public Policy Still Matters – Where Can We Go From Here?
By Melanie Burgarino, MPP Candidate 2017 In the Bay area, everybody has something to say about the housing crisis. Who is to blame? I’ve got the quick and dirty answer, it’s the NIMBY, and Obama’s got my back on this one. “Not In My Backyard,” or “NIMBY,” is jargon used by planning and policy nerds … Continue reading Don’t be a NIMBY, be a YIMBY
By Mia Satya, BA Public Policy expected 2016 One of the most hotly debated ballot propositions of 2015 pitted Airbnb hosts and lobbyists against affordable housing groups and displaced residents. San Francisco’s Proposition F would have capped private short-term rentals 75 nights a year and strengthened enforcement mechanisms. What got considerable flack from the opposition … Continue reading The Case For An Equitable Sharing Economy
By Beki McElvain, Founding Editor, BA Public Policy 2014 Low-income immigrant enclaves are particularly susceptible to displacement as a result of transportation-oriented development (TOD) projects in their urban neighborhoods. Too often, economic revival projects have failed to recognize this risk, despite steps taken within the planning process to promote equitable development. The relationship between redevelopment … Continue reading Oakland Chinatown – Displacement Vulnerability and the Ethnic Economic Enclave