According to the California Department of Finance, one in five Californians pays more than 50 percent of their income for housing. With the medium home price in the nine Bay Area counties at $810,000 and the current market rate rent for a one-bedroom apartment at $3,000 to $3,500 per month, individuals and families are rapidly being forced to live in unhealthy tent encampments and in their vehicles.
In a letter dated May 22, 2009, Navy representatives announced their intention to dissolve the RAB. This is not the first time the Navy has threatened to take this action. Indeed, whenever a critical impasse has arisen regarding key shipyard cleanup matters, a threat to disband the elected body recognized by Congress as the legitimate organized voice for public comment, dissent and scientific debate has been made.