Subsidized housing new front in CA teacher pay

affhousingThe San Francisco Unified School District is following Los Angeles Unified’s lead with plans to build subsidized housing for schoolteachers and teaching assistants. The districts’ actions may foreshadow a new era in which teachers unions try to use their clout to benefit members in a new category of compensation and seems certain to prompt calls for similar measures in other expensive parts of California. The San Francisco Chronicle has the details:

Mayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Unified School District announced Wednesday they plan to build a 100-unit housing complex solely for public school teachers and paraprofessionals, and invest up to $44 million over the next five years to help them purchase homes.


The proposals seek to help the many teachers and teaching assistants in San Francisco who say untenable housing prices have made it impossible for them to live in the city.


“Providing this housing opportunity for our teachers is one of the most important things we can do as a city,” Board of Supervisors President London Breed said in the mayor’s office Wednesday. She added that she was “really a bad kid in school” and the teachers who helped children like her “deserve an opportunity to live in this great city.”


The plan for a teachers-only housing complex is in its nascent stages. City and school officials said it will be constructed on property already owned by the school district, although they wouldn’t identify what sites are under consideration. They also haven’t determined who would qualify for the housing.

In May, Los Angeles Unified announced similar plans. This is from the LA Weekly:

The Los Angeles Unified School District [has a] 66-unit, four-story Selma Community Workforce Housing Project under construction at North Cherokee and Selma avenues in Hollywood and is scheduled to open in fall of 2016, the district says. It’s “intended for L.A. Unified employees who fall into a designated economic category. The complex is part of the District’s ambitious effort to attract and retain staff who want to live near work but can’t afford to pay for housing costs.”

Gov. Davis won tax break for teachers

This isn’t the first time that teachers in California have been singled out for special treatment. In 200o, Gov. Gray Davis sought to exempt teachers from the state income tax, a proposal that quickly faced strong opposition. He ended up signing a far more modest measure that gave teachers a tax credit of up to $1,500 for out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

Given that the average teacher pay in California is nearly $70,000, it seems possible that opposition could build to singling out a group with middle-class pay for special treatment in a state in which 23 percent of residents are in poverty. But San Francisco officials sought to blunt such concerns by framing the policy as being crucial to attract and retain teachers.


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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 26 October, 2015, 09:34


    SF is a plutocrat nightmare. Beware. A city of ridiculous restrictions/limitations ravaged by chrony incentives like this teacher folley.

    The working poor live in dumps and squaller. Human misery on every corner.


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  2. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 26 October, 2015, 10:28

    Makes sense to me. PERVERSE sense, but sense, nevertheless.

    What the great unwashed don’t grasp is that — according to the majority of our elected lawmakers — the PRIMARY role of CA state and local government is to provide for the wellbeing of government employees . More is ALWAYS better. If they can’t con voters into higher pay, then come up with other subsidies.

    EVERYTHING else government does or provides is of secondary importance. That includes infrastructure and, of course, quality education.

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 26 October, 2015, 15:09

    Teachers, cops and Firewhiners already have first crack at Fannie Mae REO homes, and that has been going on for several decades. All THREE jobs are compensated well above average, with GED cop and firewhiner going as high as 1%ers with OT (or hi level admin jobs).

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  4. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 26 October, 2015, 17:29

    San Francisco was once a pretty streight city but now like Kathy Brener(Veronica Cartright)from THE BIRDS said ITS A ANT HILL AT THE FOOT OF A BRIDGE

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  5. bob
    bob 26 October, 2015, 19:52

    Cool! Cabrini-Green for the minions in the government youth indoctrination camps!

    “Over the years, crime, gang violence and neglect created deplorable living conditions for the residents, and “Cabrini–Green” became synonymous with the problems associated with public housing in the United States. The last of the buildings in Cabrini–Green was demolished in March 2011″

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Chris Reed is a regular contributor to Cal Watchdog. Reed is an editorial writer for U-T San Diego. Before joining the U-T in July 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005. From 2000 to 2005, Reed made more than 100 appearances as a featured news analyst on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM. From 1990 to 1998, Reed was an editor, metro columnist and film critic at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario. Reed has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year. He is on Twitter: @chrisreed99.

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