Specifically about the part of the tax law that allows the low property tax basis to be retained when a property is transferred to the owner’s child(den) after their death. Many people don’t take advantage of this because they sell the home soon after their parents die, instead of keeping it and living in it themselves (particularly when there are multiple inheritors, like siblings). Since January 1967 54 years of Being Awesome shirt This isn’t really in response to this post, but rather a response to the general discourse on SF and California in general. I went to San Francisco last year expecting it to be disgusting and full of drug using homeless people on every corner. I live in Phoenix, where I hear constantly from people complaining about California and seeing on TV that SF is literal hell. We get a lot of the “don’t california my Arizona” attitude here.
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But you know what? I thought SF was pretty nice. I was just there for a fun weekend, but I didn’t see anyone injecting heroin on the side of the road. I didn’t step in human shit. I saw some homeless people and trash on the sidewalks, but not a crazy amount.Since January 1967 54 years of Being Awesome shirt My experience is obviously pretty limited and I have only anecdotal evidence that SF isn’t horrible, but it wasn’t. I’m not saying that it’s nice or that it’s cheap or that I would ever want to live there, but I get super annoyed about people hopping on the bashing California/SF/LA bandwagon. I’m born and raised in suburban Phoenix and also lived in LA for a few years. You know what I’ve seen in AZ that I haven’t seen in California? Homeless people shitting on the side of the road. Needles on the ground in a park. There’s poverty and homeless people all over my city.
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I’m not saying that Phoenix is a disgusting place to live either; I love it, but my point is that this shit is everywhere. Phoenix is worse than average in terms of the homeless problem, and California is even worse, but it just grinds my gears when people obsess over the problems in liberal hellhole California while forgetting that a lot of the problems also exist around the country. This is what I mean by San Francisco as a symbol. Unless you’re an astute observer of urban design, or extremely well-traveled and able to make educated comparisons, or unless you’re just really good at compartmentalizing your observations from your pre-existing biases, then what you say about San Francisco usually says more about your political identity than it does about what San Francisco is actually like.Since January 1967 54 years of Being Awesome shirt And this is true about people who actually live there, too, not just about those with little experience of the place.