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Anna Eshoo, Enemy Of Cheap Housing


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by someone else     💰tip   follow   2008 Apr 10, 10:35am  

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I tried to reply to a spam mail Congresswoman Anna Eshoo sent me, but my reply bounced because communication with our "representatives" is apparently one-way only, so I'll post my reply here. I hope it helps her lose a lot of votes in the next election.

From: Patrick Killelea p@patrick.net
Date: April 10, 2008 4:50:51 PM PDT
To: ca14ima .pub@mail.house.gov
Subject: Re: Message From Rep. Anna G. Eshoo

NO NO NO!

STOP IT. STOP keeping housing UNaffordable.

We want CHEAPER houses, not more debt! Are you listening?

Do a poll. Everyone I meet wants cheaper housing. No one wants more debt!

That means you should do everything you can to REDUCE conforming loan limits.

Are you listening?

Patrick

Here's her spam to me:

On Apr 10, 2008, at 9:49 AM, ca14ima.pub@mail.house.gov wrote:

April 10, 2008

Dear Mr. Killelea,

On February 8th, the House and Senate passed an economic package designed to help stimulate the economy by assisting millions of Americans who are struggling in this downturn. This bill provides for tax rebates to 130 million households, including seniors and the disabled, along with tax deductions to help small businesses, and an increase in conforming loan limits for home mortgages to bolster the housing market. The legislation is a bipartisan effort and will specifically target those who need the resources most. Only those who have social security numbers and file their 2008 taxes will receive rebate checks. This leaves no loop-holes for undocumented immigrants to qualify.

The legislation has been sent to the President for his signature.

The following are important specifics of the bill.
(blather about giving away tax dollars what-a-good-girl-I-am deleted)

Housing Provisions
oThe package would boost the size of mortgage loans that the Federal Housing Administration could insure and that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could purchase.
oThe FHA loan limit would be permanently increased to a maximum of $720,750 from $362,000.
oFannie and Freddie's conforming loan limits would be increased for one year only to a maximum of $729,750 from $417,000.

This stimulus package is timely, targeted and temporary and represents an important first step toward stimulating the economy.

Sincerely,
Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress

#housing

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228   DennisN   2008 Apr 15, 11:19am  

Craftsman and Tudor homes are so cute.

Peter, did you ever get my email forwarded from administrator? I was wondering if you looked down on the local architecture of the faux-craftsman houses.

229   DennisN   2008 Apr 15, 11:21am  

Malcolm:

Link please!

230   Peter P   2008 Apr 15, 11:23am  

Dennis, I got your email. Thanks for the pics. (Sorry for not replying earlier. Got distracted.)

I don't look down on any architecture, since I live in an apartment.

But I am free to hate. :twisted:

231   Peter P   2008 Apr 15, 11:26am  

I hate Eichlers and I hate Ranches.

233   Brand165   2008 Apr 15, 12:24pm  

I am envious of her Napa retreat. The pictures were quite inspiring; I've saved a few as reference. I loved the open living room. I've toyed with many diagrams of earth-sheltered and earth-bermed retreats. One green building site detailed shotcrete airforms that yielded dome-like structures with reinforced steel skeletons.

I've also thought that it would be awesome to basically just have a near-town summer mountain retreat that basically just have an elegant bathroom plus a little storage. The outside would have pillars for erecting a semi-permanent tent and shade. Cooking would be firepit, minimal power would be photovoltaic, hot tub would be solar. The view of the lakes and city lights would be exquisite.

I would love to have a large garden as well, but it's high and dry in the foothills. Haven't figured out how to solve that one yet. I did see a site where a local guy was experimenting with genetically toughened varieties of wine grapes.

234   northernvirginiarenter   2008 Apr 15, 12:39pm  

Wow relative to latest San Diego numbers.

That's Armegeddon.

We should all keep in mind that this is all occurring on the front end of the downward cycle. We haven't even really seen much in terms of employment softness yet. Man, once that hits....is CA looking at an over correction from historical medians? 70% off peak? Yikes.

235   justme   2008 Apr 15, 12:53pm  

SP,

Tuscan Garage-Mahals is a great one, you're very inspired today.

But on the topic of Rice, I'd say her main traits are that she is double-minority, smart about being ruthless, not very principled, and not the least bit afraid of pandering to older white men that are part of the conventional power structure. These are all negatives for a leader in my book, except one that is neutral. Guess which one. Go Aunt Jemina.

236   justme   2008 Apr 15, 12:59pm  

OO,

Do you have specific knowledge as to what is the best solution to turn a BA crapshack (per building code) into something that is livable without forced cooling, 24x365?

237   Malcolm   2008 Apr 15, 1:37pm  

Thanks for the link EB. I DVRd it.

My source for the high above 600K is from the CAR. Their figure is for single family homes. Their data has the median above 600K from April 2005 to at least April of 2006 which was when I stopped graphing it.
I should note that Dataquick data is for the county of San Diego whereas CAR's data is for all the regions of the city of San Diego and it's suburbs.

238   Malcolm   2008 Apr 15, 1:38pm  

its

239   OO   2008 Apr 15, 1:40pm  

justme,

The most efficient way is to re-insulate the house. Double-pane windows, doors, insulation throughout, you can use wool or fiber glass if you want to be fancy. I believe that you can even get some tax break on your insulation cost.

Then you may want to see if you have enough windows and openings facing the right direction (south, east), and if you can find ways (adding covered porch) to reduce heat dumped into your house in the afternoon if it faces west, or reduce your windows and openings to the north.

240   SP   2008 Apr 15, 3:14pm  

justme Says:
Do you have specific knowledge as to what is the best solution to turn a BA crapshack (per building code) into something that is livable without forced cooling, 24×365?

One of the simplest ideas I know of is vents.

In the northern hemisphere, install vents low to the ground in the southern wall, and high near the ceiling (preferably under eaves) on the northern wall. In summer, this results in cold air getting sucked in near the floor from the south while hot air gets expelled from the top to the north. That alone drops your peak room temps by 5 degrees - which is a big deal because over the course of the day, that 5 degree temperature difference adds up to a huge amount of trapped heat. The vents can even be in different rooms, as long as there is some way for air to flow from one to the other.

You can increase the effect by having some kind of water-feature just below your south vent, which cools incoming air even more dramatically. The longer the air-way over water, the better it gets. And a couple of slow fans on the exhaust side can help too.

I have seen variations of this trick used literally all over the tropics - central and southern africa, Tangier, Iraq, Lebanon, Ceylon, Indonesia, Turkey, etc.

241   Jimbo   2008 Apr 15, 3:40pm  

Forced cooling? In The City you almost never could imagine needing cooling. Maybe a few days out of the year, but on those days, I just go to the beach.

We have our house very thoroughly insulated though, per OO's suggestion. A breeze blows in almost every afternoon and it used to get chilly before the insulation.

242   ozajh   2008 Apr 15, 4:55pm  

Malcolm/NVR,

link please

StuckinBA gave you the full link at 10:41 am. It's the March SoCal numbers from DataQuick.

Alright, I know median is not the best measure available,

BUT

EVERY county on the DQ SoCal list has a YOY median down 15% plus, and the SoCal aggregate median is down 23.8% YOY.

Plus sales have taken ANOTHER big seasonally adjusted fall (up 18% from February when the normal Feb/Mar delta is 38%).

March Bay Area DQ numbers are due out in a few hours. :twisted:

243   Zephyr   2008 Apr 15, 11:17pm  

SP,

Interesting summer venting idea. But why have the air intake on the hot southern side of the house? Why not draw in the air from the cooler, shaded northern side of the house?

244   SP   2008 Apr 15, 11:49pm  

Zephyr Says:
why have the air intake on the hot southern side of the house?

In the tropics, the sun's arc is to the north in summer. The base of the southern wall is usually in shade in summer because the sun passes overhead to the north.

However, I am not an expert :-) so there may be another explanation too.

245   DennisN   2008 Apr 16, 12:03am  

I'm sure Different Sean would rig his vents differently.

Meanwhile, here I am in flyover country, sitting here bitter - bitter I say - and clinging forelornly to my guns, my religion, and my hatred of swarthy foreigners. ;)

246   Zephyr   2008 Apr 16, 12:57am  

I think the best ventilation in the tropics is to be in a hammock under a shady tree by the beach, with a cool drink...

247   Peter P   2008 Apr 16, 1:19am  

Meanwhile, here I am in flyover country, sitting here bitter - bitter I say - and clinging forelornly to my guns, my religion, and my hatred of swarthy foreigners.

Here I am, sitting here bitter and jealous, clinging to blogs. ;)

248   Peter P   2008 Apr 16, 2:35am  

I think the best ventilation in the tropics is to be in a hammock under a shady tree by the beach, with a cool drink…

The tropic is too humid regardless.

It is probably nicer to get an outdoor massage in Sedona right next to the red rocks.

249   justme   2008 Apr 16, 3:27am  

Thanks for the responses detailing insulation and ventilation. Interesting reading. The ventilation technique was news to me.

The big question about insulation, to me, always has been whether non-invasive retrofitting techniques really are as good as the invasive methods, or how significant the differences are.

250   Zephyr   2008 Apr 16, 3:29am  

Probably so. The massage would be good. I don't like humidity, but I do like the ocean to moderate the temp. So I think San Diego and Santa Barbara sound pretty good.

251   Peter P   2008 Apr 16, 3:36am  

Probably so. The massage would be good. I don’t like humidity, but I do like the ocean to moderate the temp. So I think San Diego and Santa Barbara sound pretty good.

I like Santa Barbara. San Diego is a bit warm.

252   Paul189   2008 Apr 16, 3:41am  

US Peso falling again!

253   Paul189   2008 Apr 16, 3:41am  

Oil 114.92

254   Peter P   2008 Apr 16, 3:45am  

My gold is not back above 1030 yet. :(

255   Zephyr   2008 Apr 16, 3:46am  

Measured against oil, all (or nearly all) currencies have fallen in recent years.

256   Paul189   2008 Apr 16, 4:33am  

Peter,

What do you think about the Norwegian Krone as an anti-dollar investment?

Paul

257   Peter P   2008 Apr 16, 4:40am  

What do you think about the Norwegian Krone as an anti-dollar investment?

I don't know...

To me, currencies are more like trading instruments rather than investment vehicles. In trading, it is better to act according to market reactions, not economic forecasts.

There are also dollar index (or inverse dollar index) contracts and ETFs.

Not investment advice. Not trading advice.

258   Malcolm   2008 Apr 16, 9:31am  

Please tell me you didn't actually buy an ounce at 1030.

259   Peter P   2008 Apr 16, 9:47am  

Please tell me you didn’t actually buy an ounce at 1030.

No, I did not.

260   SP   2008 Apr 16, 11:00am  

Zephyr Says:
I think the best ventilation in the tropics is to be in a hammock under a shady tree by the beach, with a cool drink…

As long as there is a good breeze, and no flies or mosquitoes. :-)

261   Peter P   2008 Apr 16, 11:57am  

I hate beaches. I rather have cream tea next to a creek.

262   justme   2008 Apr 16, 8:22pm  

Another good way to insulate your house is to plant a tree or four that blocks the sun from hitting your roof and some walls.

263   Jimbo   2008 Apr 19, 10:53am  

I see a bunch of homes in Dublin under $300/sq foot.

http://www.redfin.com/stingray/do/printable-listing?listing-id=1355974

Look at that Zillow graph!

264   Patrick   2022 May 13, 8:01pm  


Dear Editor,

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is on the campaign trail proclaiming the importance of our right to privacy. Funny, she takes this position selectively--only regarding abortion--which she knows is a likely vote-getter for her. But when it comes to our health and medical decisions, she’s in favor of one-size-fits-all Covid vaccines, booster after booster, and top-down governmental edicts. Nor have I heard her speak out against vaccine passports, an obvious violation of our right to privacy. Coincidentally perhaps, Eshoo has been funded by Big Pharma for years.

Fortunately, there’s another Congressional District 16 candidate running against her who supports our medical privacy: Dr. Richard Fox. Dr. Fox is a physician and attorney who understands issues of medical privacy and medical/health freedom inside out, opposes vaccine passports--which are primarily a tool for surveillance and governmental control over individuals— and will fight to maintain our right to privacy along with all of our Constitutional rights.

Cherie Zaslawsky

Menlo Park

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