Oakland arts tax slams poor

Oakland arts tax slams poor

Oakland skyline, wikimediaWith Californians increasingly being priced out of owning homes, what does progressive Oakland do? Make housing even more expensive. Reported the Chronicle:

“The City Council passed a law this month that requires private developers to set aside 1 percent of their project costs for public art. With dozens of developments in the works, the law could make Oakland one of the most arts-centric cities in the state, advocates said.”

According to Zillow.com, Oakland’s median house price is about $500,000. New developments would charge somewhat more than that.

So the new tax effectively increases the costs of these new houses by at least $5,000. And costs there ripple throughout the city. For that much, you could put a poor person in a small apartment for a year.

As to being “arts-centric,” why can’t artists fund their own works? And if not, then why doesn’t Oakland fund writers? We could use some tax subsidies, too. We could write poems to Oakland, such as:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I had Oakland’s taxes,
How about you?



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  1. fletch92131
    fletch92131 26 November, 2014, 12:17

    Let’s hope that the poor find it as in enlightening as Beasley does as they struggle with finding rental space!

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 November, 2014, 18:33

    Oakland is a curiously dangerous petri dish….nasty crime, blight, angry locals, poverty.

    You can feel the friction in the fowl city air.

    These fools already have real estate transfer taxes, I hear.


    A transfer tax for multicolored jousting bulls and glitter covered unicorns impalling Comrades, possible emerging bloodsports.

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