Letters to the Editor: Don’t think there’s a housing crisis? Look at the UC strike
It’s one thing to worry about crime in our city, and another to demand a housing crisis. Crime is down, and the UC strike is one of the safest on campus, so why is the local media making a housing crisis out of a small, select class of students with no housing issue?
A local newspaper is not the place to demand a housing crisis. A local newspaper is not the place to argue that a housing crisis is a good idea. A local newspaper is not the place to make assumptions based on a few crimes allegedly committed by a class of students or the existence of a gang on the campus.
We need a free press, we need a city government that’s accountable to its citizens and not to the powerful.
When you’re writing about an issue, you’re not going to be wrong because you’re wrong. You’re going to be wrong because you’re wrong and you’re not going to be wrong because you’re right.
We have a very small housing crisis on campus, for a very small fraction of the students that are here.
This is not an issue of housing shortage or affordability.
It’s an issue of being safe. It’s an issue of providing a safe environment for students who choose to live on campus and a safe environment for students who live off campus.
It’s an issue of making student housing more student-centric, more student-focused, safer, more accessible and more affordable.
We have more students from less well-off backgrounds than the state of California, and the state has a lot of students. We’re educating a different type of student from the state of California.
We need to respect all types of students.
And it’s also an issue of equity. California has an income tax system, but we don’t have a state income tax system. Our financial aid system should be structured in a way that is equitable and that is not biased against student athletes.
That should be part of our discussion, but it’s not the only thing that we need to talk about.