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Proposition E Would Phase Out Rent Control In Oceanside's Mobile Home Parks

“The existing residents do not lose rent control," he said, "they get to keep rent control as long as they live in their coach - only after they move does it go to market rate."

So what's the problem?

These little slices of fantasy life really need to be brought into the 21st century. Why should trailer parks not be subject to the same market pressures or stresses of apartments or traditional homes?

Next up should be Prop 13, this horrible legislation needs to be overturned immediately. It, like rent other price controls, harms the market and is a relic of a bygone era.

Also, I think it's about time to do away with the term "fixed income" for seniors. I have a job and make a salary, how is that less fixed than social security? I have to budget my money around my salary just like someone on social security has to budget based on their monthly check.

April 24, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Surging Gas Prices Have Drivers Fuming

Nothing personal to Mr. Brady or NPR/KPBS, but the revolving door of news stories about high gas prices is just boring at this point. I bet if you pull up this story, and one that was written about high gas prices last summer, they would be almost identical. Reasons for high prices: speculators, Middle East issues, and refinery maintenance/issue, economy rebounding, more demand in China/India. What can you do about it: inflate your tires, consolidate driving trips, buy a smaller car.

At what point do you just want to scream?

The most important part of this story is the end where he talks about these prices being the new normal. It's unfortunate this was not the subject of the entire piece. World demand is a much bigger story than refineries and speculators.

March 15, 2012 at 8:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fighting San Diego Poverty One Loan At A Time

I'm very curious about this topic because I've heard much about it reported in developing countires, but what exactly does someone do with $250 to start a small business?

October 3, 2011 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

$1 Billion In Coins That Nobody Wants

Leslie Paige, who represents watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste, says the government should withdraw the dollar bill from the market and force Americans to use the coins.

"I think Americans will definitely embrace the dollar coin if they're just given the opportunity," she says.

How exactly are "force Americans" and "given the opportunity" the same thing? That is ridiculous!

I also find this unacceptable:

Several congressional leaders contacted by NPR declined to comment for this story.

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over coins. Its chairman, Tim Johnson (D-SD), would not agree to be interviewed about dollar coins.

June 28, 2011 at 8:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Taxing Amazon

I totally agree Tom.

It made sense for them to have the break initially to get online action moving, and I think that policy accomplished that goal.

I would highly doubt Amazon would see much of a reduction in sales just because they were forced to collect sales tax. This is one of those situations where it has been "too good to be true" for a long time and people need to realize that it is only right to pay the sales tax for something you purchase.

March 28, 2011 at 11:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Rising Gas Prices Spur Calls For U.S. Oil Production

Republican's are getting more and more crazy as the Obama years go on. I think they are truly lost. I mean you would have to be to give Sarah Palin the map.

All kidding aside, we do need sustained $4-5/gallon gas in this country. I think most American's still do not realized the actual price we pay for continuing to burn gas in our cars on our daily commutes. It is much higher than $3.45.

March 10, 2011 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Does It Pay To Believe?

First off, committed atheist here.

I don't know, sometimes I question even the point of these type of debates/discussions.

Most rational religious folk I know believe in God but acknowledge that the bible is a book of parables. If that is the case, then what is your belief in God based on and what really is the point? I mean you can be a good person and lead a noble life without being religious. I get the comfort angle, but if that is truly the case, why push it on other people and make it a political and moral fight all the time?

I must say I love this quote from your article Tom:

“He told me a true skeptic must be an agnostic, not an atheist, because the existence of God can be neither proven nor disproven.”

Proving a negative is a false argument, ask any scientist.

There is an invisible pink elephant in the room. Oh yeah, prove to me he isn’t there. See how dumb that sounds?

March 10, 2011 at 9:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Skyrocketing Gas Prices Turn Travelers To Transit

I heard a great idea from Tom Friedman over the weekend. A federal tax that would establish a floor price of $4/gallon for gasoline. If the market price went below $4, we collect a tax up to the $4 mark. If it is above $4/gallon, then the tax is not collected and we are charged the market rate.

This would not only provide a more stable gasoline market, but it would actually help offset the cost of building and maintaining current and future roads, and mass transit options.

The realist in me knows it would never happen, but a boy can dream.

March 9, 2011 at 2:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

High-Speed Rail Has A High-Profile Critic

Probably the biggest obstacle to this type of program, which I whole-heartedly support, is the fact that our gasoline prices are kept artificially low. If we truly taxed gasoline for the effects it is having on our environment, then the price per gallon would be much higher. If Californians can tool around in cars with gas under $5/gallon, then there is no real incentive for them to get on a train (high-speed or not).

Instead of high speed rail, I personally would like to see agencies researching personal mass transit systems of electric vehicles, think "Minority Report." This way you could retain your privacy and freedom, but be tied into a computerized network of freeways that would eliminate all traffic.

February 15, 2011 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )