November Meeting Recap: Questions Remain

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Our November meeting featured a presentation on high speed internet access, to every San Francisco home, by fiber.  Questions remain about whether the fiber would be city-owned and controlled, or a public-private partnership [PPP].  We note that PPPs often continue the practice of privatizing the profits and socializing the costs - we pay for the new fiber system, and private companies make a profit on it.

We also heard about the proposed repeal of Costa-Hawkins state legislation.  If repealed, rent control could be expanded by local governments.  There's also the potential of limiting rent increases on new tenants, called vacancy control.  Then the rent charged to the new tenant would be about the same as the rent paid by the former tenant.

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