Magazine March 9, 2020, Issue

Why Homes in the Bay Area Are Unaffordable

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Instead of new development, we got the Google piñata

Maybe it was the $2,070 bottle of wine. Or the junket to a hot spring in China. Or perhaps it was the John Deere tractor gifted for a vacation home in Colusa County. Or blabbing to his girlfriend about how he had granted a Chinese developer a shortcut through the maze of San Francisco’s permit process for new housing. Whatever the racket, by January 28 the FBI had seen enough, and its agents arrested San Francisco’s public-works director, Mohammed Nuru, on charges of fraud.  

At a post-arrest news conference, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California quoted the complaint

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This article appears as “The Google Piñata” in the March 9, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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Michael GibsonMr. Gibson is a freelance writer and a co-founder of 1517 Fund, an early-stage venture-capital fund.

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