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NonprofitLIVE! I'm Scott Schoettes, 1 of 6 members of PACHA who resigned because this admin doesn't care about HIV/AIDS.

Jun 30th 2017 by lambdalegal • 14 Questions • 107 Points

Hi, I'm Steve Brown, the real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News. I've covered the beat in North Texas since 1980, following the fall and meteoric rise of one of the most vibrant housing markets in the country.

I'm also the 2017 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, who met a few weeks ago for our annual conference in Las Vegas. Ask me anything!

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Q:

In your letter, you said that the new adminstration doesn't really care about HIV prevention plans..so did you try to have a serious conversation with the adminstration's officials about the consequences of being indifferent about this issue? And if you did (which is probable), were they that negative and careless in their response?

A:

Hey! Love all the vintage Fortune covers... we've got a few of those floating around our office (Fortune is a sister brand at Time Inc).

How has the housing market changed in North Texas since you published this article in 2015?


Q:

So first, let me explain that communications between the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and the administration occur almost exclusively through written recommendations, sometimes supplemented by the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy taking things that he hears at meetings and bringing them to the administration's attention. Of course, there is no one in the job of the Director of ONAP right now, because the president hasn't appointed anyone, so that line of communication is not open.

We did send, after our March meeting, a letter to the administration introducing the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, describing the parameters of the epidemic today and making a series of recommendations for things we thought needed to happen—especially in the context of healthcare reform—in order to retain our ability to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The response was from from a lower-level acting secretary at the Department of Health & Human Services, and it was perfunctory at best. Someone described it as "the kind of letter you get from your senator when you ask them to do something they have no intention of doing." So like, "thank you, we're so glad you wrote, and we'll take this into account."

We actually sent a second letter (even though we got a non-response to the first) that dealt specifically with HIV stigma reduction. This was a followup to some work that the council had been doing through the fall of last year, and we have yet to receive a response to that second letter. So yes, we have tried, but those responses and everything else we were seeing from this administration made it pretty clear that they were not interested in in engaging with us about HIV.

You know, we're dealing with someone here who by all accounts dumped his greatest mentor and a dear friend—Roy Cohn—shortly after he found out that he had an AIDS diagnosis. So it's not surprising that he, as president, doesn't seem to want to engage on the topic of HIV & AIDS.

A:

Prices have gone up by more than 20 percent in the last two years. And there's very little for sale in the area priced under $250,000 - only about 4,000 listings last time I checked. - SB


Q:

How does this administration's treatment to HIV/AIDS compare to the Bush and Obama administrations?

A:

How many avocado toasts will an average single family home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area cost me?


Q:

It is night and day from the Obama administration to the Trump administration.

The Obama administration made HIV and AIDS a priority. 36 days into his administration, Obama had appointed someone to run the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. That person was immediately tasked with developing the first ever comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy, and that strategy was in place a year and a half after Obama entered office.

Along with that, President Obama tasked PACHA not only with helping to develop the first national HIV/AIDS strategy, but also with its implementation moving forward, and that is why the council was divided into subcommittees that aligned with the goals of the strategy.

President Obama supported the good work being done in the HIV/AIDS epidemic throughout his administration—regularly holding meetings at the White House, marking various HIV/AIDS awareness days, and ensuring that the HIV/AIDS programs run by the federal government were adequately funded.

By contrast, Trump refused to talk with HIV advocates during the campaign. He took down the White House Office of National AIDS Policy website the day he took office, and it has yet to return. He has not appointed anyone to run the White House ONAP, which had a seat on the Domestic Policy Council under President Obama. His budget proposal cut important domestic HIV/AIDS programs and scaled-back on our commitment to fighting the epidemic globally. Finally, he has pursued, and championed, passage of a healthcare bill that would not only seriously affect our ability to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but will also result in ill health and premature death for some people living with HIV.

I don't think you could come up with a more stark contrast than their two approaches to HIV/AIDS.

The Bush Administration primarily focused on global HIV/AIDS funding and projects. It was valuable, but he more or less ignored the domestic epidemic.

A:

The average house is about $311,000. So depends on where you buy your produce. - SB


Q:

What's the atmosphere of this admin? All I know is what the news says, and it's a bit troubling.

A:

GM MR. Brown, I am looking to buy a house Q1 2018 under 300k. Preferably a new home, areas east of US75. What areas do you recommend or see good potential in?


Q:

I'm not sure I know any better than you do. It's kind of hard to say what the atmosphere is because the administration was not actually engaging with the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. They seemed shut-off from us, and in fact, told us not to direct our recommendations to the president (as had been our practice in the past) but merely to send them to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Then at our last meeting in March, there were rumors that there was someone from the White House in the room. But they were in the audience, and no one knew they were there, so it felt a little like we were being watched or monitored rather than being engaged with.

I'm afraid that your fears may be well-founded.

A:

Fewer of the houses being built in North Texas are priced under $300,000. To find new homes in that price range you'll need to head to Denton, Grayson or Kaufman counties. - SB


Q:

You have any time, or all your time is work?

A:

Who is your favorite retail reporter in Dallas?


Q:

So I was just listening to a continuing legal education course, and it talked about the importance of engaging in self-care and taking time for yourself.

And I thought I actually do a pretty good job of that. I would say that I work hard and play hard, so my life is pretty full, but I try to find a good balance.

A:

Talk about self serving question! - SB


Q:

What have they done to prove they don't care about HIV/AIDS?

A:

30 oz looks like. I got a red one with a handle. Theyre awesome for cold drinks too!


Q:

Please see this answer to user Exmak: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6kiq3g/live_im_scott_schoettes_1_of_6_members_of_pacha/djme7dm/

Other than that, what evidence do you need? Would they need to slap a person living with HIV/AIDS in the face?

A:

It was a giveaway from the folks at the Crescent with their anniversary. -SB


Q:

What are the up and coming neighborhoods where you can still get a deal in Dallas? Asking for a friend.

A:

Oak Cliff, Dallas' near south side and parts of Northeast Dallas are still priced below the area median. - SB


Q:

Hi Steve. What were your deciding factors in choosing the place you live now? Favorite person you've interviewed? Thanks!

A:

I moved into the M Streets area 30 years ago and have stayed put. It's a great location. My favorite interview of all time was with the architect Philip Johnson who was designing the Crescent at that time. - SB


Q:

What suggestions would you have for a for a first time homebuyer in Collin County?

A:

The best pricing will be east of U.S. 75. -SB


Q:

So I'm currently looking for a house in the Dallas market. I keep getting told that the market will cool down soon because all the new housing being built will catch up with the market. What are your thoughts? Wait or get in now?

A:

A couple of years ago I told folks to wait. That didn't work out so well. There will not be enough new houses built in this cycle to catch up with demand. So if you need to buy a house you should go for it. - SB


Q:

What is your favorite neighborhood or street in Dallas?

A:

Have to say Tokalon in Lakewood. Swiss Avenue a close second. - SB


Q:

What are your thoughts on tech companies entering the real estate market (i.e. OpenDoor)?

A:

Real estate is still largely a local business. I expect it will stay that way when it comes to homes. - SB


Q:

What got you into becoming a real estate editor?

A:

I always was interested in classical buildings and architecture. Stumbled into this 40 years ago. Never took a formal real estate or business class. - SB


Q:

How did you get into real estate reporting?

A:

The only place you could do this job for 40 years is in Dallas, NYC or Chicago. I was lucky. - SB


Q:

Do you think city place will ever build the second tower across 75? I really like mutts so I hope they don't!

A:

They won't build the second 42-story tower but eventually something will be built there. Land prices are too high for a dog park. Sorry dogs. - SB