San Diego won’t be any more affordable next year

2nd page: And about minimum wage and income. Minimum wage jobs should be for minimum work/skills/experience. Having jobs that require a certificate, licensing, or degree at minimum wage is totally unjustified. And to require the employee to have special equipment to work that minimum wage job also is unfair. That also goes for entry level jobs, requiring 3-7 years of experience on multiple computer programs/machines/languages/etc is not right. We need to have restriction on what jobs can require for “MINIMUM WAGE”. And there probably should be a tier level of minimum wage/income; minimum certificate or licensing $1 more per hour, higher cert./lic. more. Use of personal equipment for work (ie: personal cell phone, laptop/home computer, tools, GPS, vehicle, etc) an additional $1 or 2 per hour {where can you rent ANYTHING FOR LESS THAN $2 an hour?} Businesses have to be taught to be responsible. Going to work has expenses too! Housing of employee costs, transportation to work costs, meals (out) costs, clothes cleaning costs, child/elder care costs, etc. If your wage doesn't even pay the cost of housing then the wage is humanly unfair. And it means that someone else is subsidizing that employer: parents who house working age children at below market rate or government affordable housing programs. Same for would be employees educational costs/student loans, equipment purchase, and vehicle expenses/or public transportation costs. This is the reason the rich keep getting richer and poor keep getting poor. The rich and powerful pay for less of their burden, while we pay for their increased benefits. Wage stagnation and inflation cause the low wage worker to be at a loss, while going into financial debt and ruin. During “slow years” we need to increase affordable housing (cost less to start), increase small business start ups (less regulation & affordable housing helps), and strengthen no/low cost education (providing a better prepared workforce). When one of the “top 20 richest cities in the U.S.” has housing costs going up much faster than incomes and inflation we are no longer “Americas Finest City”, but more like “Land of the haves and have nots”.
— December 28, 2015 8:39 p.m.

San Diego won’t be any more affordable next year

S.D. Econ...softer next year. (SD Reader Vol.44#52 12/24/15: Don Bauder) San Diego might look better on paper, but the streets tell something different. Homelessness increased by nearly 25% and included even more veterans when the federal, state and regional goal was to eliminate homelessness for veterans. We've seen few housing starts, but many increases in rents. And it was not so much about improved housing stock as much as a lack of housing, especially affordable housing. We might of gotten 40,000 more jobs, but what portion of those pay a livable income. I typed “livable wage”, but then thought about it, who cares if you have a livable wage, yet only get minimal hours and have to work 2 or 3 jobs to get the income needed to survive in San Diego. And if you have more than one job it probably means you aren't getting good benefits (healthcare, vacation, retirement) at either of them. By the time we do vote to a increased city minimum wage of $11.50 when it is implemented (2017) the “livable wage” for San Diego will be way over $14 an hour. But it is very likely that the, “I got mine, why should I pay you yours” lobby will get advertising and the initiative won't pass. We need to make the “softer year” work better for the whole of the city. Why not make incentives for older housing stock to be turned into affordable housing co-operatives. Housing that is for getting people housed rather than investment real estate. Co-operative housing brings vestment in neighborhoods rather than fear of highly increased rents. Members of co-ops know their monthly housing payment (similar to a mortgage) therefore can afford to spend more in “their” community and invest time to help neighbors. The City could ask the County & State to make tax incentives for rental property owners who sell rental complexes at or below market rates to Co-ops for a reduction in their taxes (income and other real estate) for a set amount of time, like 5 years. Win, win, win. City gets more affordable housing, real estate investors get tax break, and low income workers get a chance at lower known home payments. Even more communities become neighborhoods because people can justify investing more into the area they live in. Sincerely, Daniel Beeman 30 year San Diego worker/resident Clairemont Don, were you talking about "Q"? Who nows seems to own "Public Radio" too!?!
— December 28, 2015 8:38 p.m.

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