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October 03, 2019

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JP

Lot of ego invested in this little scam.

Andrew Peceimer

Cynthia,

My offer to teach you how to purchase a residential property is still good. Instead of spending a vast amount of time fighting and complaining you could use that time and earn additional additional money for a down payment.

Let me know if you have any interest!

Bruce Dickinson

Once again, Bruce Dickinson must quote myself, namely, Bruce Dickinson for another blurb of Dickinsonean worldly wisdom that I shared in the election thread and dovetails into what the poster Concerned said above:

"Look at the rent control proposals that were resoundingly defeated and represented a wholesale rejection of the externalities that rent control brings to cities such as San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica (all rent controlled cities). Again, it was Burlingame residents coming out and saying "we're different, we don't want to be like them". So despite the fact that advocacy groups and candidates try really hard to change it, they get resoundingly defeated, over and over and over again. The reason: they don't really understand the overall pulse of the community."

This Cynthia person may have a local fan club, but let's face it, it's a tiny fan club that seems to hold membership meetings in an echo chamber! She and her minions would be far better off to focus their efforts on moving to a rent control-friendly city such as SF, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Berkeley where they would be welcomed with open arms and they would be amongst more like minded individuals. Compare that to "fighting the system" over virtually insurmountable odds by trying to get Burlingame on the rent-control bandwagon. The only thing crazier would be trying it in Hillsborough or Portola Valley!

Maybe they love the challenge, maybe they like to fight to change hearts and minds, maybe they're masochistic, maybe they have issues with boundaries and don't feel self-actualized unless they are pushing these boundaries..who knows...I'll leave that to the local psychiatrists!

What Bruce Dickinson does observe is that they don't really seem to be enjoying themselves very much and are seething with vitriol and anger, lashing out at every opportunity, blaming everyone yet providing little/no evidence (as Joe mentioned, what complaints from citizens?), making unconvincing, illogical arguments and literally putting their worst foot forward when making these proposals and dealing with the community and its leadership. It's totally backfiring, which only seems to get them more angry in an endless (and increasingly pointless) vicious cycle!

They would be a lot happier and will probably lengthen their life expectancies by moving to their utopia rent-controlled cities and enjoy everything they have to offer. Folks, life is way too short to be miserable all the time, do yourself a favor and invest in your happiness and mental well-being!

I know I did, and look where it got Bruce Dickinson! *wink*

Barking Dog

What came out of the Nov 13 study session?

Barking Dog

Did Cynthia really think that Ms Keighran and Ms Colson were going vote for YES on the emergency ordinance in advance of AB1482 becoming law 1/1/20, after months of trashing their names and families in OpEds in the SMDJ and on the HFAB website? For the renters that didn't get this protection they feel they were owed by the City of Burlingame, they can look directly at Ms Cornell and thank her. Keep poking the bear Ms Cornell, it's worked out so well for you and your 'so called' cause to this point...

Bruce Dickinson

At the end of World War II, the Allies had a very serious debate with respect to whether they should attempt to assassinate key people in the German high command. The thinking was that some of the battle decisions, many of which were directed straight from the top, were so bad that it was better to let them make poor military decisions and get whooped in these key battles. In essence that would lead to a quicker end to the war.

As mentioned by both BD's above, this Cornell person may be sealing the fate for rent control for many years to come via tactics that are completely backfiring and only causing extreme annoyance and fatigue. The problem is, that group is so fringe and so small, that I'm not even sure there is someone to pull an Alexander Haig and say "step aside, I'M in control now" and usurp power and really propel the cause forward with any hope of efficacy.

Herein lies the problem with an unpopular idea and one that goes against economic fundamentals and even common sense. Will be an uphill battle. As Bruce Dickinson said, for those who really believe in rent control, they can move to the other cities mentioned and live in their own utopia.

Win-win for everyone involved!

hollyroller@gmail.com

So anyway, has anyone out here gone out to see the City of Burlingame Fire Depts?

Jennifer L Johnson

For the record, Cynthia is at it again. If you have not plugged in to what is going on at Mercy on Adeline, get ready. The sisters are making an honest effort to have a dialogue but Cynthia and Mike Dunham are jumping in with their agenda. It is too early to tell but you might want to get plugged. https://courbanize.com/projects/mercy-campus

Concerned

Haven't Cynthia and Mike D. yet decided to actually get a job and productively contribute to society?

Acting as an entitled and spoiled person is not very attractive.

Barking Dog

Jesus Christmas
Any insight into there requests? Excuse me, demands. Ms Cornell I see from today's DJ still attacking the Heathcare District.
As soon as AB899 passed last week, Mr Dunham felt a rise in his pants, knew to go on the attack with his mentor Ms Cornell and their blivet.
Disgusting

Barking Dog

Jennifer, good for you bringing to the sisters attention the non neighbors input. Tell the San Bruno councilman to worry about San Bruno's fiscal and housing needs. Jordan Grimes is another chiming in. Hes as delusional as they come.

Barking Dog

We are all racists because we chose to live and raise our families in the suburbs....according to Mike Dunham.
https://suburbs.substack.com/p/the-suburbs-should-be-less-racist
Yes Mr Dunham, I'm the "grumpy a%*hole" next door.(Mr Dunham's quote)

Mr Dumham goes into great detail his hometowns(somewhat clone of Burlingame) racist and inequality issues according to him. If Pittsford has such an suburban racism and inequality problem, doesnt Pittsford seem like the perfect starting point and opportunity too push the social justice reforms he believes in?

https://suburbs.substack.com/p/your-suburb-has-very-few-black-residents-9aa

SnitchDoor Sam

Very enlightening. Dunham is a purveyor of hate speech. When he writes

"Homogeneity and resistance to change are hallmarks of suburban life in the United States. And that’s what we need to talk about.

I’m a white person who grew up in a suburb (Pittsford, New York: 1.1% Black) and as an adult, have lived in a big city (Manhattan: 17.8% Black), a suburban-ish part of a big city (the westside of Los Angeles: 4.4% Black), and now a suburb again. Shit needs to change here."

FU, Dunham. The only things that need to change are the meds for your White Guilt that aren't working and your zip code. I suggest going back to Manhattan. You will fit right in with de Blasio emerging civic nightmare.

Bigpicture

White performative wokeness maintains the victim status of black America through the soft racism of low expectations.

Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson has read the two articles published by Dunham. First of all, he is much better when he puts pen to paper and thinks about his ideas, rather than spewing up stream of consciousness nonsense on blogs and during in-person speeches.

However, I still think there is very large over simplification of the race issue and how it applies to Burlingame.

First there is a huge debate on whether an "equality of opportunity" approach is better than an "equality of results" approach. Dunham seems to favor the latter, whereas Bruce Dickinson believes continued focus on the former is what will achieve lasting results.

Secondly, in citing some of the historical references of Pittsford and Rochester in terms of some of the HUD classifications, when you apply it to CA, it all falls apart! Looking at the map of San Francisco from back then, I only see some passing relation of the better neighborhoods classified then vs. now. Actually, it's quite different, and in some cases the opposite! Pac Heights and the Waterfront are the best areas now, Marina is still a good area, the Sunset is considered lower tier now vs then and really only the Marina, Bay View/Hunters point and St Francis Wood are the same as were in that map. Also the Mission District and SOMA have experienced substantial improvements. So there is something else going on in the much more dynamic California economy/society vs the no-change upstate NY (an area in that has been secular economic decline for decades). A couple of them are intense growth of Tech and Biotech firms, big proponents (and consumers) of talent from abroad (immigration!).

Thirdly, trying to tie Pittsford to Burlingame also isn't a great analogy because Burlingame actually has some of the most affordable multifamily rental housing on the Peninsula via the apartments. Very few "upper tier" cities have a population that is over 50% renters and has a top performing school district and enjoys some of the highest real estate values. So you do have more economic diversity here compared to other typical suburbs. I will concede that Burlingame does not have a large Black population, but is that a reflection of the Peninsula area in general and I think a reflection that we still have a long way to go in the "equality of opportunity" department. Burlingame however have strong representation of LatinX and other families from other countries and is very socio-economically diverse.

I would challenge Dunham to work with the Burlingame Historical Society and figure out exactly what were the "racist policies" of Burlingame that led it to be predominantly white for the majority of the 20th century. I'm not sure that there are any! I think he correctly identifies that most of us were "born in the right womb" and that things take a long time to change, especially when single family real estate prices are high on the Peninsula (driven more by industry and wealth than anything else), but I can't help looking at the HUD maps and seeing how SF and cities in CA have changed so much but Pittsford and Rochester haven't. One size/paradigm does not fit all!

I prefer Dunhum's less confrontational approach/writings to some of this prior ones, but Bruce Dickinson thinks there is a lot of oversimplification and "equality of results" type approaches actually end up backfiring by creating resentment, thereby giving more "reasons" for people to not want change, which inadvertently perpetuates racial inequalities.

Joe

Still typing one-handed for a couple more days so only a short addition to remind of the saying "there's lies, damned lies and statistics". Inferring anything about human nature from these factoids is fraught with error.

Phinancier

An even better quote by Thomas Sowell in his 1995 socio-political treatise The Vision of the Anointed:

“Extrapolations are the last refuge of a groundless argument.”


Concerned

When the unemployed Dunham posts about San Francisco being racist for having only 6% of their population Black and about Boston being truly one of the most racist cities in the nation, I will begin to listen to his diatribe and condescending lectures.

Equal rights and opportunity are an American ideal that we should always strive to achieve. Equal outcomes are proven failed socialist policies. In Dunham's case, they are Marxist policies.

Also, where are Cynthia's thank yous for the free market significant drop in rents recently? Once again, free markets have accomplished much more than she ever has, or ever will.

Barking Dog

More hypocrisy?
Mr. Dunham's main source of household income(his wife's) comes from the real estate market where his wife is an Operations and Sales manager.
https://www.sonder.com/

Barking Dog

Mr Dunham's main source of income(his wife's)doesn't like the "rules" either. 1.3 Billion valuation, but don't want to honor their lease. Blaming San Francisco for lost revenue due to Corona.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfOtE5KRLp0

It's comical the hypocrisy from Mr. Dunham

Paloma Ave

Dunham and his wife claim to have multiple degrees but cannot afford to live in Burlingame.

It is too bad those degrees don't equate to smarts.

If they were smart they would have picked an area in which they COULD afford to live.

Barking Dog

Mr Dunham is now using Marxist rhetoric on his Twitter feed using words like proletariat.(Yes I had to look it up!)

Barking Dog

Mr Dunham for the time being, has moved on from Burlingame and mounted his attack on his previous residence, Palo Alto/Stanford. He has taken his new lead role @penforeveryone by the reins, kicked the horse, and taken off.

https://suburbs.substack.com/p/local-politics-is-the-reason-your

Mike's last 6 zip codes of residence
-Burlingame(T21)
-Stanford(23)
-Palo Alto(18)
-NY,NY(5)
-Santa Monica(3)
https://www.businessinsider.com/most-expensive-zip-codes-in-america-atherton-2018-11

*Failed in Corporate America
*Failed Educator- sorry 2 yrs in the classroom for Teach for America and a couple years as a data tech at a Charter school, isnt a 'career' in education
*Failed Entrepreneur
*Failed Politician
*Professional Student

Looking forward to his next article where he will share his 'blueprint' for indoctrination...excuse me...on how to get more involved in local politics.

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