Kaplan wants Oakland to buy tax-defaulted parcels coming soon to auction

In Los Angeles the City Council is looking at using eminent domain to take over apartment buildings.  Why, to have “affordable” housing.  Oakland is looking to do the same thing—but buy buying the properties at tax auctions.  Either way, the people and the kids lose.  When government owns a property, it does not pay property taxes, it uses tax dollars to fix up and keep a property going, etc.  It is always a money loser—and the taxpayers finance the scam.

“One hundred fifty-three tax-defaulted properties in Oakland are coming up for auction next March. In an effort to help alleviate the housing crisis, Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan wants the city to acquire some of those vacant properties.

Kaplan said Thursday that she will urge the City Council to adopt a resolution to allow Oakland to purchase some of the available properties in partnership with local housing non-profits.

“With the stark crisis facing so many in our community we need an all hands on deck approach to provide for vitally needed affordable housing,” Kaplan said.

Once they do this, the next step is that of L.A.—just steal the property via eminent domain.  Government is theft.  The Democrats are socialists—combine that and you get a totalitarian government.

Kaplan wants Oakland to buy tax-defaulted parcels coming soon to auction

East Bay Citizen, 2/3/20 

One hundred fifty-three tax-defaulted properties in Oakland are coming up for auction next March. In an effort to help alleviate the housing crisis, Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan wants the city to acquire some of those vacant properties.

Kaplan said Thursday that she will urge the City Council to adopt a resolution to allow Oakland to purchase some of the available properties in partnership with local housing non-profits.

“With the stark crisis facing so many in our community we need an all hands on deck approach to provide for vitally needed affordable housing,” Kaplan said.

The move comes after a group of homeless mothers commandeered a vacant home in West Oakland that had recently been purchased by a Southern California investment group.

The women, calling themselves, “Moms 4 Housing,” took shelter in the house on Magnolia Street in Oakland and attracted attention to the growing problem of housing speculators preying on homes and many times leaving them vacant. The problem persists not just in Oakland, but all over the Bay Area.

In these situations, well-financed investment companies often ignite bidding wars for properties, therefore, edging out moderate and lower-income individual buyers.

But following an Alameda County Superior Court judge’s order last week, the Moms 4 Housing members were forcefully evicted last Tuesday morning by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies.

Earlier this month, Alameda County Tax Collector Henry Levy provided local cities with lists of properties that will soon go to auction for unpaid taxes. An online auction is scheduled for Mar. 20-23, and potentially, a second auction from May 15-18, Levy wrote. The parcels included on the list have defaulted on their taxes for five or more years.

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Comments

  1. What has been the long term outcomes of Government owned housing? If you are from Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, it has been decline and centers for crime.

    But again the special interests that divide cities and states so they can control them don’t care. Government is that shinny castle on the hill. Ignore the fact that it is iron listed control and rusts at the fires sign of rain.

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