I've recently moved to Northern California, a place with the reputation of being far left on the political spectrum. At least the North Bay area has that reputation, where the far north is more red than blue, and has recently shifted from being pretty politically neglected to California's Grow (pot) industry leader. Up there, the political "redness" is of the "stop taxing us" sort, rather than "tamp down the corruption and lawlessness" sort, and I suspect it'll shift blue now that pot is legal in this state.
But here in the North Bay, people pride themselves on being progressive, inclusive, and woke. Make no mistake, the people around here will rally at the drop of a hat, and will support most any proposition set forth by a Democrat, short of a massive tax increase, without thought of how it will harm those who they are out rallying for.
The most recent and obvious example of this is the newly passed bridge tolls. You can drive INTO San Francisco from the north (except on the Golden Gate, which costs $6), but getting OUT of San Francisco going north will cost you $5. That means if you're working in one of San Francisco's many restaurants or tourist attractions (minimum wage in SF is $15/hour, still not a living wage around here!) you are (a) likely to be working part time and (b) unlikely to be living in the city because of high housing cost and low availability. You are making $300/ week (for a half time job), being taxed about $53/ week out of that, and you now pay a bridge toll of $25/ week, making your take home about $220/week, or $990/month. If you can secure a second job IN THE CITY (and don't have to go over the bridge with greater frequency) you might be able to bring home close to $2000/ month, still less than the average price for a one bedroom apartment.
So $25/ week, is a little over $100/ month in an average month, and that makes a BIG difference to a low income worker's budget. And while it's terrific that the money is going to public transportation (which is WAY too expensive around here, compared to other cities) and road improvements, there may have been more fair ways to gain those funds with a lower impact on the poor.
The poor (and due to our racist American culture, that means large numbers of Black and Hispanic residents) are increasingly unable to live in these "liberal progressive" neighborhoods. Those who do are often targeted by neighborhood watchdogs who call the police on people who "look like they don't belong there". My Nextdoor.com feed is often peppered with these "alerts" by neighbors, who invariably describe people who look "suspicious" or "like they don't belong" as "Black". The default for Black around here is apparently "suspicious".
Add to that the housing crisis, a crisis compounded by the financially well to do liberals who want to support public housing and getting the homeless off the street, but not in their neighborhoods, counties or cities. Marin county is famously known for being the home of NIMBY (not in my back yard), restricting low income housing. We're supposed to think that it's an accidental by-product that this keeps the county rich and white.
Petaluma, where I live, is the home of "zero growth". The people who live here want to preserve the small town feel (understandably) but are stuck in a time warp. Growth happens, and I recently tried to explain to a long time resident that even if no "outsiders" ever moved into the city, they'd still have to build housing for their children and their children's children, because zero growth in housing doesn't work well with a population that continues to grow.
Here in Petaluma, there are "help wanted" signs just about everywhere. They're all part time, minimum wage jobs. They're the kind of jobs that you can't support yourself on here in Petaluma, even if there were apartment vacancies to move into. But despite the "zero growth" innitiative, there are new apartments going in.
Here in Petaluma, the idea seems to be that anything Petalumans don't like or want, they put on "the West Side". A lot of it is spread out industrial, but it's where more housing is being built (at least apartments) and is an area looked on with a great deal of scorn by the "East Side" It's quite literally the wrong side of the river (and the tracks) for many Petalumans. Even the hotly debated and loathed public art piece is something residents are open to keeping, if it's put on the West Side.
Looking back at other places I've lived, places I've gone to because I felt that their liberal ideology was more in keeping with the life I wanted for myself and my kids, places I'd hoped to see inclusion, fairness, and equality, I see that this is an ongoing trend. I'm not surprised that Blue State Housing costs are, on average, higher than Red State Housing costs. I am also not surprised that the disparity in income is greater in California than other states, and I'd guess that New York is not far behind. I also find that these states are increasingly ghettoized, and that neighborhoods are nowhere near inclusive, and that even in areas where ethnic groups have gathered by choice to support their members and their culture, that those neighborhoods are more frequently poorer and at times less cared for by the cities. *
So what does all this say about a group of people who will rally, who will vote blue, and who are very public about espousing ideas of class and race equality, while preventing people of the "wrong" class and race out of their neighborhoods, cities, and yes, even counties by restricting housing opportunities? I'm pretty sure it says that they're hypocrites.
When push comes to shove, these True Blue progressives wind up with the same talking points that their hated right leaning enemies do: that they're trying to keep their neighborhoods "clean and drug-free" and keeping out "undesirable criminal elements", forgetting that it's EXACTLY the lack of opportunity that creates these "undesirable elements" out of other human beings.
*I'd say that the ONE exception to this rule that I'm aware of, and a city that's gone out of it's way to foster inclusion and support ethnic communities within the city, is Long Beach, and I attribute that a great deal to the mayor of Long Beach, Robert Garcia. Long Beach is building (up not out) a good number of lower income apartment units, as well as units for vets and the elderly. At the same time, it's a city bordering on the OC, and with many far right elements, and our church in Long Beach had it's Black Lives Matter banner ripped down more than once, and windows broken out. Long Beach has a way to go before it reaches it's goal of inclusion and sufficient housing.