Letters to the Editor: Landlords sparked L.A.’s overcrowding crisis. They got an assist from leaders who want big government control.
I have lived next-door to the Tenderloin’s last two landlords for years, as they have sought to evict everyone to make way for their private development. (It is ironic to see the owners of the Tenderloin’s biggest business on the other side of the street complaining about the homeless living on their sidewalks).
I have been a regular customer at their store in the Castro for at least two decades now, but even when I used to be able to shop there, the owner of the store refused to rent a commercial space to me. Even after they got the business, they still would not rent me a shop.
I am sure there is another reason why the owners couldn’t get anyone to lease space to them, but let’s be honest, they didn’t make the decision to get out of the Tenderloin. They certainly didn’t decide to dump the homeless on the sidewalks.
I’m sure they had their reasons, and they were trying to make their way in a city where there is not even a designated commercial area. They were looking for a way to make an investment to get out of homelessness so that they could afford their upscale high-rise condo. To make matters worse, they were hoping that they would get a tax break from the state. The good news is that they got that tax break, but not just for themselves. They got a tax break for a “small business” that was built by the city on one of their properties. They got a tax break for the homeless that they are still trying to evict, although the homeless might not be the only ones who want it.
They got the tax break they deserved and some homeless deserve, too. The city and its taxpayers should thank them for their generosity in helping pay our homeless. I am not sure what else they have achieved that anyone would want. If they are successful in getting