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Bay Area plan includes guaranteed income provision

Uploaded: Oct 21, 2021
The heavy hand of regional government is about to come down on the Bay Area again.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is expected to approve its state-mandated Plan Bay Area 2050 when it meets today. This is the third version of the plan (others were completed in 2013 and 2017) and ranges beyond the core issues of housing, transportation and jobs.
Commissioners are largely elected officials appointed to represent a county, the cities within the county or the larger cities. This structure, similar to the one used by the Bay Area Air Quality Control District, exempts commissioners from ever having to directly face voters and take responsibility for their decisions. That hands-off distance free up commissioners to take some controversial actions without ever having to face the music from voters.
Today, for instance, the plan includes a universal minimum income of $500 per month as it delves into social equity. There have been a couple of pilot programs on guaranteed income and Oakland is preparing to launch one. That type of program seems way too similar to what President Joe Biden and most Democrats are trying to jam down Americans’ throats with the $3.5 trillion bill pushed by Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders—a favorite of California progressives.
The guaranteed income program will take an act of the Legislature. It’s among the elements of a $1.5 trillion program—no sources of revenue to fund it have been identified.
The authors of the report expect the Bay Area population will grow to about 10.3 million people from the 7.8 million today, while jobs would increase by 1.4 million to 5.4 million. The Bay Area, with its soaring housing prices (both rental and for-sale) has been hamstrung by rapid job growth outstripping new housing by at least a 4-to-1 margin. Planners toned down both the population growth and job growth based on the pandemic experience. Just what that long-term impact of the pandemic will be in an open question.
Planning on a 30-year time frame basically is a series of presumably educated guesses. The Building Industry Association of Northern California, in a 2017 analysis of the 2013 plan for 2040 pointed out just how much job growth has exceeded projections, while housing was 30% below the predictions. That sums up the challenge well.
Incidentally, the East Bay representatives are Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley (Pleasanton is included in his district), Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover and Orinda Councilwoman Amy Worth.

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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 9:11 am

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"Today, for instance, the plan includes a universal minimum income of $500 per month as it delves into social equity. There have been a couple of pilot programs on guaranteed income and Oakland is preparing to launch one. That type of program seems way too similar to what President Joe Biden and most Democrats are trying to jam down Americans' throats with the $3.5 trillion bill pushed by Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders"a favorite of California progressives. The guaranteed income program will take an act of the Legislature." It's a "guaranteed" income tax rate hike/wealth tax from the state legislature and/or a "guaranteed" sales tax increase from Alameda County to pay for all this. When more residents/businesses leave (because they don't want more of their income taxed) and the funding runs out, just keep raising the tax rates!


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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 12:56 pm

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It is ok that the top 745 rich people in the US have INCREASED their wealth by $2.1 TRILLION just in the past 19 months. Top 1% are richer than the whole middle class in the US. But, oh no, don't do a PILOT PROGRAM of $500 / month of guaranteed income to see if / how it will work. We need ESSENTIAL WORKERS to make sure economy and supply chain run smoothly and grow. But, oh no, don't give them essential living wages - keep the federal minimum wage at $7.25 for the PAST 12 YEARS. Tim says: “The guaranteed income program will take an act of the Legislature. It's among the elements of a $1.5 trillion program"no sources of revenue to fund it have been identified. " First of all, it is a pilot program. There are a lot of people smarter than you and me who think it will work to reduce poverty. Why not give it a try? If you listen to Biden and read both the infrastructure bill and the Build-Back-Better bill, you will see that they will be fully paid for by raising taxes on the rich and corporations. Republican's biggest accomplishment was 2017 tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations.


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Posted by Lahommed, a resident of Dublin,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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What a Bunch Of BS.......


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Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 2:33 pm

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NO FREE RIDE! There is nothing healthier for mankind then hard work, saving money, fearing God and honoring country. The welfare system in this country has destroyed cities and is inclined to destroy this country. Oakland fatherless homes is what drives the crime rate in this county. Giving away tax payer money will further instill the lawlessness. Free money that will buy more dope, generate greater crime against innocent people. Children as young as eleven years old are being arrested in this county for countless felonies. "Child poverty is an ongoing national concern, but few are aware that its principle cause is the absence of married fathers in the home"...Robert Rector - Leading authority on Poverty.


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Posted by MichaelB, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 3:36 pm

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"First of all, it is a pilot program. There are a lot of people smarter than you and me who think it will work to reduce poverty. Why not give it a try?" Why not just expose it for a failure upfront instead of hitting up taxpayers for more in a state with some of the highest income/sales taxes already? Or maybe you can fund the "try" out of your own pocket instead? The government has already spent trillions of dollars fighting poverty (welfare programs) since the Great Society programs were started in the 1960s. And poverty is still around. We need more people employed/self sufficient vs. more receiving "free" money/dependent on the taxpayers. The federal welfare reforms in the mid 1990s worked despite left wing naysayers ("smart people") predicting it would be a disaster. Your comment about the "rich" speaks volumes. More of the irritating left wing argument that income/wealth are "rights" you are "entitled" to, the economy will never expand, and someone doing well equals someone else getting "ripped off".


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Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 4:39 pm

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MichaelB, i am all for jobs and everyone working hard. And yes, some people take advantage of government benefits. But they are in minority and not all from Oakland (shaking my head in disgust that people think that way). The big problem is wages are low. In 1968, CEOs make 20 times their employees on the average. Now, CEO to employees wage ratio is 320-1. One reason employees are resigning and there is a shortage of workers is because workers want more in pay, benefits, etc. I know I am not going to convince you and people like you. Your thinking and approach is outdated and aligned with old-timers. The young get what I have said above. It is just a matter of time that your style, approach and politics will disappear.


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Posted by Jake Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 6:43 pm

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-The top 1% in wealth pay 40% of all taxes. -ESSENTIAL WORKERS is a Nazi concentration label- I would reframe from using that phrase. -We can't keep the supply chain moving because there is no one home in Sacramento or the White House. Pete took two months off while he gets paid $215,000 plus. Not enough intelligence to go around. -Tax the corporations all you want, but they will increase prices and we always pay for their theories. -lastly, will the Democrats give away program be given to American citizens or a work around to aid illegals and all the Middle East translators. Boy, there sure were a lot of translators.


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Posted by Michael Austin , a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 6:45 pm

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People receiving the free money are the minority, and not just Oakland it is every major city. Wages are what they are for the times. My first job paid me sixty-five cents an hour. I was absolutely thrilled to have the job.


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Posted by Jake+Waters, a resident of Birdland,
on Oct 21, 2021 at 11:09 pm

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Kevin (the guy who gets his comments deleted) says: “I am having fun exposing the stupidity that comes out of Tim's blog." Thanks Kevin, you told us all we need to know about you.


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Posted by D, a resident of Danville,
on Oct 22, 2021 at 6:53 am

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@Michael Austin- Your comment is absolutely correct. People are so afraid of not being politically correct that they refuse to address the real problem driving the gap between incomes, and rising crime in the inner cities: Fatherless homes...Imagine how incredibly difficulty it must be for woman in the inner cities to attempt to be father, mother, breadwinner, disciplinarian, teacher of values and morals, and every other parental job that really requires two involved parents. Instead of addressing the real problem, politicians have failed for decades in ending this cycle by simply raising taxes and attempting to throw money at these families...How about increasing the marriage tax benefit, and encouraging fathers to get married and stick around and be active participants in their children's upbringings? Society use to "shame" fathers who abandoned their children, but now we are so afraid of being labeled a racist that society does not speak up and call them on their behavior that is destroying families and the inner cities. We need to speak up for the children, and let these dead beat dads know what they are doing is wrong, and have legislation and tax incentives that encourage these guys to get married, stick around, and be there for their children. It would "not take a village" to raise children if these dead beat dads simply did their job.


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Posted by MO, a resident of Danville,
on Oct 22, 2021 at 8:31 am

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“Social equity" is code for socialism/communism, where theoretically everyone has an equal outcome. This system has never worked. It is no surprise that these unelected, unvetted committees want to do their part to destroy America. The feckless Democrats who are pushing the Build Back Broke spending plan have no problem spending the money earned by citizens who actually work. This is all about total cradle to grave government control. But don't worry, you will have nothing and be happy.


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Posted by Ennis, a resident of Pleasanton Valley,
on Oct 22, 2021 at 9:28 am

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Based on the various comments it's acceptable in the nation that constantly claims "we are the best nation in the world" to have millions of people unable to put 3 meals a day on the table, massive wealth concentrated in the hands of a few while millions have no healthcare (did Jeff Bezos really spend $552 million on his new toy boat?...oh, and he went to space, sort of...and, that's good because he's a successful businessman), and people like him don't want to pay even close to a living wage? The game of capitalism is rigged for a few and, unfortunately, leaves millions behind. For those who have, it's a great way of keeping score. For those who don't, I guess the attitude is "it sucks to be you"...


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Posted by Malcolm Hex, a resident of San Ramon,
on Oct 22, 2021 at 10:15 am

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Here's what the Karl Marx Kevin from Castlewood said: “One reason employees are resigning and there is a shortage of workers is because workers want more in pay, benefits, etc." Wrong (as usual). Those “employees" would rather receive money from the government to not work. Kevin's socialist utopia is nothing more than a pie in the sky. Not surprised how stupidity runs amok in the mind of a socialist; especially considering the fact that socialism has failed everywhere. And where socialism/communism exist, you have repressive governments. It's all about the act of a state entity controlling a citizenry by force for political reasons, particularly for the purpose of restricting or preventing the citizenry's ability to take part in the political life of a society, thereby reducing their standing among their fellow citizens. Not surprisingly, those same repressive governments are the first to limit free speech, religion, etc. Kevin's thinking is in-line with those very same governments. Hey Kevin, at least 1 million Muslim minority Uighurs are held in Chinese government-run detention centers - more commonly known as re-education camps. And was it not you Kevin who attacked Tim on religious grounds back in 2020? Here's one from Kevin: Posted by Kevin, a resident of Castlewood, on Dec 9, 2020 at 8:51 pm Kevin is a registered user. “...This is why religion is on major decline in the US - because of people like Tim, right-wing pastors..."


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