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Santa Monica Rent Board Delays Trailer Park Development
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
April 15th, 2013
Santa Monica's Rent Board has delayed making a decision that would allow the closure of a trailer park with 99 rent-controlled units. The Board is concerned that the replacement units will not fully compensate for the units lost.
Controlled Rents in Santa Monica Highest in 14 Years, Report Says
by Jason IslasSanta Monica Lookout
April 8th, 2013
Santa Monica rents have climbed to $3,000 a month, as vacancy decontrol allows landlords to increase rents when tenants move. Rents have risen much more quickly than the rate of inflation.
San Francisco Aiming to Ease Rent-Hike Jolts from Seismic Upgrades
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner
April 2nd, 2013
Rent-controlled tenants in San Francisco will be forced to pay the entire cost of seismic upgrades for their buildings, but will be able to apply for hardship exemptions.
Rent ordinance approved in American Canyon
by Rachel Raskin-ZrihenTimes-Herald
August 18th, 2011
City Council gives preliminary approval to the Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Final approval is expected Sept. 6.
Parkmerced Residents Speak Out
BeyondChron
February 10th, 2011
Tenants Together compiled the following video to counter allegations that "few residents" oppose the demolition of their homes.
Goleta Mobile Homeowners Win Again
by Matt KettmannThe Santa Barbara Independent
January 27th, 2011
Judge Denise de Bellefeuille rules that owners of a mobile home park in Goleta cannot convert to condominiums. The decision is a major victory for Goleta tenants, who continue to fight to protect their homes.
California's Trailer-Parks War: Owners vs. Renters
by Matt KettmanTime Magazine
January 15th, 2011
Mobile home owners fight the threat of increased rents for the spaces their homes sit on.
Parkmerced Rebuild May Not Add Up
by Zusha ElinsonThe Bay Citizen
January 12th, 2011
City report questions the financials of the massive redevelopment of the sprawling housing complex.
Landlords Upgrade Rent Monitoring
by Dawn WotapkaThe Wall Street Journal
January 4th, 2011
Computer programs help landlords monitor interest and competition in rental markets and adjust rents accordingly.
Republican who wants to overturn rent control pumps $200,000 into district elections
by Sarah PhelanSan Francisco Bay Guardian
October 22nd, 2010
In the November 2008 election, Thomas J. Coates gave $1 million to Prop 98, a statewide measure that would have eliminated rent control in California. More recently, Coates has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to certain causes and candidates in the local SF election. Ted Gullicksen of the SF Tenants Union is quoted.
National Community Renaissance allegedly overcharged for rent control
by Eric Piercethe Downey Patriot
October 4th, 2010
The city of Downey has a contract with a developer the Los Angeles Times says overcharged another California city for affordable housing.
Documents: CalPERS' $100 million Page Mill loss
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
September 28th, 2010
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard recently ordered CalPERS to release documents describing its failed $100 million investment in a shady East Palo Alto real estate scheme. The First Amendment Coalition posted the documents. Click the article to read correspondence between Page Mill Properties and CalPERS.
Dorchester House tenants' fight highlights issues with D.C. rent-control law
by Derek KravitzThe Washington Post
September 22nd, 2010
Dorchester House, once an affordable apartment complex, has been the source of landlord-tenant disputes in D.C. for decades. In addition to fighting off illegal rent increases, the complex has undergone submetering to pass the cost of utilities on to tenants, and has been purchased by speculators with the intent of converting the units from rent-control to market rate.
Dorchester House tenants' fight highlights issues with D.C. rent-control law
by Derek KravitzThe Washington Post
September 21st, 2010
In the 35 years they have been protected by rent control, Washington, D.C. tenants have still had to fight for their rights.
Could Rent Control Die by Decade's End?
by The Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal
September 20th, 2010
The Wall Street Journal zeroes in on statistics listed in a New York Post story about elders in rent-controlled apartments.
Oceanside Council denies mobile home subdivision request
by Aaron BurginSan Diego Union-Tribune
September 1st, 2010
Council majority found the move to be an attempt to circumvent the city's rent-control ordinance
Proposed rent increase upsets seniors at T.O. mobile home park
by Teresa RochesterVenturaCounyStar.com
August 24th, 2010
Fixed-income seniors at Thousand Oaks mobile home park could face 80 percent rent increases.
Walter Lembi dies - led real estate empire
by Andrew S. RossThe San Francisco Chronicle
August 19th, 2010
Infamous San Francisco mega-landlord Walter Lembi died of cancer on Tuesday.
Mobile home park residents prevail in conversion dispute
by Kevin McCallumThe Press Democrat
August 12th, 2010
The Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted to protect mobile home residents by rejecting the owner's plan to sell rather than rent spaces. Members of the planning commission believed a goal of the conversion was to avoid rent control, thus eliminating much of the city's low-income housing for seniors.
MetLife on the hook for $215 million in illegal rent at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village
by Jose MartinezThe New York Daily News
August 6th, 2010
Predatory landlord MetLife, which sold its properties to Tishman Speyer during the 2006 real estate boom, owes millions of dollars to its tenants whose apartments were illegally taken out of the rent regulation program. The apartments were illegally marked up to market rate while the owners were receiving a J-51 tax abatement from the city.
Council votes to create rent control ordinance
by Justine FrederiksenThe Ukiah Daily Journal
August 5th, 2010
The Ukiah City Council voted to create an ordinance for rent control based on a Santa Rosa ordinance. A draft of the ordinance is expected to be ready for the council to review in the fall.
SLO County wants more protection for mobile-home parks
by April CharltonSanta Maria Times
July 27th, 2010
San Luis Obispo County is working to create incentives for owners of mobile home parks to preserve affordable housing.
Tenants’ Convention Nominates Rent Board Candidates
by Steven FinacomThe Berkeley Daily Planet
July 26th, 2010
Berkeley tenants convened to nominate slate for the Rent Board.
City won't modify rent control ordinance
by Philip RileyArgus-Courier
July 26th, 2010
The Petaluma City Council took steps to protect renters by refusing to make changes to the current ordinance.
SMRR endorsements done for dirt cheap
by Bill BauerSanta Monica Daily Press
July 26th, 2010
This Santa Monica Daily Press opinion piece addresses the upcoming convention, hosted by Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, and local election endorsements.
Mobile home parks are invisible pawns in battle over Saltworks project
by Dean PrestonMercury News
July 16th, 2010
Tenants Together director wrote this Op-Ed on the impact of a massive Cargill development on nearby mobilehome residents in Redwood City.
Renter protections may reach ballot
by Kevin HerreraSanta Monica Daily Press
July 15th, 2010
The Santa Monica City Council takes steps towards strengthening protections for renters by increasing the amount of time a tenant has to respond to minor violations before being served with a three-day notice to vacate. The Council will look at a draft ballot measure next week.
Brokers’ Entrance Into Market Bodes Ill for Renters
by Scott JamesThe New York Times
July 1st, 2010
"In Armistead Maupin’s beloved novel “Tales of the City,” Anna Madrigal personified the archetypal San Francisco landlord — a caring, free-spirited matriarch to the colorful residents of a quirky, old building."
Goleta’s Rent-Control Case Gets Full-Panel Hearing
by Sonia FernandezNoozhawk
June 24th, 2010
"Goleta’s rent-control ordinance got another day in court on Tuesday, this time with the full panel of 11 judges."
Montgomery holds off on rent control, other housing proposals
by Brian HughesThe Examiner
June 23rd, 2010
"Montgomery County officials are resisting extensive changes to housing policies -- primarily rent control -- presented in a report Tuesday that outlines ways to keep renters from being priced out of the wealthy suburb."
Carson mobile home residents see hope in ruling
by Sandy MazzaContra Costa Times
June 19th, 2010
"Residents of Carson's mobile home parks may now have a small glimmer of hope in their long, mostly unsuccessful battle to maintain low rents."
Two percent rent hike OK'd
Santa Monica Daily Press
June 5th, 2010
"The Rent Control Board on Tuesday approved a 2 percent rent increase for apartment units that fall under its jurisdiction."
Council delays rent control discussion
by JUSTINE FREDERIKSENThe Ukiah Daily Journal
June 4th, 2010
"The Ukiah City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to postpone discussions and further action on a proposed rent-stabilization ordinance for mobilehome parks."
Rent Control Preserves Affordabilty
by John PetroThe Huffington Post
June 3rd, 2010
"When Governor Paterson proposed changes to the city's rent regulation laws, criticism poured in from both tenants' groups and landlords."
Rent Control Board wants powers expanded
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 3rd, 2010
"CITY HALL — In a bid to significantly broaden the scope of tenant protections in Santa Monica, the Rent Control Board wants to bolster rules that protect against evictions and extend those protections to cover all tenants in the city, rather than just those who live in rent-controlled apartments."
L.A. council blocks rent freeze, triggering protests
by Phil Willon and Joel RubinLos Angeles Times
May 22nd, 2010
Police clear unruly crowd after demonstrators disrupt meeting. Lawmakers' 10-5 vote cleared the way for a 3% increase on July 1.
Lawsuits over Petaluma rent control ordinance settled
by Lori A. CarterThe Press Democrat
May 18th, 2010
Petaluma has settled two lawsuits involving the city's mobile home rent control ordinance.
City taking second look at mobile home rent control
by TIFFANY REVELLEThe Ukiah Daily Journal
May 13th, 2010
Ukiah city council considers rent control for mobilehome parks
Tenant Advocates Back One-Year Rent Freeze in Los Angeles
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
May 4th, 2010
Tenant advocates are taking aim at rent control provisions that allow rent increases during sharp economic downturns. In Los Angeles, City Council member Richard Alarcon has called for the passage of a one-year moratorium on rent increases for more than 600,000 apartments across the city.
City says rent control costs are necessary
by PHILIP RILEYARGUS-COURIER
April 30th, 2010
Petaluma city officials say legal defenses against mobile home park owners have been necessary to protect mobile home park residents from rent increases.
Assembly bill targets 'predatory equity' schemes
by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 26th, 2010
Spurred by the recent implosion of Page Mill Properties' East Palo Alto portfolio, California's elected officials are considering barring state pension funds from investing in companies that rely on displacing tenants to turn a profit.
Scandals drive Democratic pension reforms
by Ed MendelCalpensions
April 26th, 2010
Scandals at CalPERS, including its investments in predatory equity schemes, have driven the call for reform.
Pushed out for profit revisted
by Ayla AlbayrakMission Loc@l
April 26th, 2010
Documentary film maker Charles Bolton caught the angst of renters in pre-rent control San Francisco in the 1978 film “Pushed Out For Profit.” In the interest of reminding readers of the Mission’s neighborhood's history, Mission Loc@l has edited seven short clips from “Pushed Out For Profit” that will appear over the next week.
Assemblyman Feuer introduces bill
by SAMANTHA YOUNGSan Jose Mercury News
April 25th, 2010
A bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, would help dwellers in rent-controlled buildings whose landlords have defaulted on their mortgages. It would enable a public entity to postpone the property's sale by 60 days
Calpers’ Board Approves Policy Shift to Protect Rent Control
by Michael B. MaroisBusiness Week
April 20th, 2010
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest U.S. public pension, said it will stop investing in real-estate projects that would eliminate rent-regulated apartments.
CalPERS changes policy on real estate investing
by CATHY BUSSEWITZAssociated Press
The nation's largest pension fund on Monday changed its policy on investing in real estate to balance its socially responsible investment philosophy with its quest for profits.
CalPERS adopts tenant-oriented rental policy
Central Valley Business Times
April 20th, 2010
The nation’s largest pension fund – the California Public Employees Retirement System – has adopted a new policy for its real estate investments that forbids “excessive” increases in rents and the involuntary displacement of low-income households.
CalPERS Bans Real Estate Investments that Displace Tenants
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
April 20th, 2010
CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund, has adopted a policy to ban investments in real estate deals that are premised on displacing tenants
California’s public pension funds: Is internal reform enough?
by Chris LundCapitol Weekly
April 19th, 2010
East Palo Alto tenant activist, Chris Lund, questions in this opinion piece whether or not CalPERS' internal reform will be enough to guarantee that the pension fund will not get entangled in future predatory equity schemes.
City Councilman Richard Alarcón wants a freeze on rent increases
by Rick OrlovDaily News Los Angeles
Citing high employment and the weak economy, City Councilman Richard Alarcón called Wednesday for a one-year moratorium on increases for rent-controlled units.
Alarcon: Stop increases on rent-controlled units for a year
by Rick OrlovDaily News Los Angeles
Citing high unployment and the weak economy, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon called Wednesday for a one-year moratorium on increases for rent-controlled units.
CalPERS to revise housing policy
by Dale Kasler Sacramento Bee
April 13th, 2010
CalPERS and CalSTRS are moving to prohibit controversial real estate investments that rely on raising rents on housing units that had been subject to rent-control laws.
Page Mill investors sue firm over millions:
Investors claim Palo Alto company committed fraud, misled them in East Palo Alto 'scheme'

by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
April 2nd, 2010
Former East Palo Alto landlord, Page Mill Properties (David Taran), committed securities fraud, misled its investors and engaged in an illegal and "morally offensive" plan to gentrify a portion of East Palo Alto, a group of Page Mill's investors is alleging in a lawsuit against the beleaguered real-estate company.
Investors in Page Mill's East Palo Alto apartments sue landlord
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 25th, 2010
Piles of papers filed in two Santa Clara County lawsuits suggest Predatory Landlord Page Mill Properties (David Tarin) planned to convert some of its 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units to condominiums and capitalize on "gentrification" under way in the city to yield hefty profits for itself and investors.
Nonprofit to hold community meetings on Page Mill buildings' future
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 22nd, 2010
Bridge Housing, a San Francisco nonprofit tasked with devising a plan for 1,800 East Palo Alto rental units that reverted to bank ownership earlier this month, will hold two community meetings in the next week.
1,200 tenants meet to fight for their homes
by Paddy Colligan Workers.org
March 21st, 2010
Twelve hundred tenants from Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York City, the victims of a predatory equity scheme invested in by CalPERS, met in March to prepare a housing battle that can impact on tenants of all incomes throughout city.
East Palo Alto council approves revised rent law
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
March 10th, 2010
The East Palo Alto City Council voted last night to put a proposed ordinance on the ballot that would make changes to the city's rent control law.
East Palo Alto seeks to revise its rent-control law
by Gennady SheynerPalo Alto Online
City to host meeting tonight to discuss new ordinance, which is headed for June 8 ballot
Page Mill Properties Go Back To Bank
by Sharon SimonsonThe Registry
March 5th, 2010
A bold redevelopment play in East Palo Alto spearheaded by Bay Area developer David Taran and funded by CalPERS, has reached its anticipated end: The bank has foreclosed on the 101-property portfolio.
Where landlords, developers, and cars are king
San Francisco Bay Guardian
March 3rd, 2010
According to the editors of the Guardian, the Ellis Act has been responsible for thousands of San Franciscans losing their homes — and a new twist has been developing in the city's Chinatown-North Beach neighborhood.
Wells Fargo aquires half of East Palo Alto rentals
KGO-TV San Francisco
March 3rd, 2010
About half the rental housing in East Palo Alto - some 1,800 units formerly owned by Page Mill Properties - has moved into the hands of Wells Fargo as a result of a foreclosure auction Tuesday.
Wells takes over East Palo Alto portfolio
San Francisco Business Times
March 3rd, 2010
Wells Fargo & Co. took title to 101 properties in East Palo Alto through trustee sales on Tuesday. The previous owner was Page Mill Properties, which bought the complex for just under $270 million. Wells Fargo has bid the property at $142 million.
Wells Fargo now biggest East Palo Alto landlord:
Bank becomes city's biggest landlord after foreclosure auction attracts no bids

by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online
March 2nd, 2010
Wells Fargo took ownership of more than 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto's Woodland Park neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, officially becoming the city's largest landlord.
Wells Fargo becomes East Palo Alto's largest landlord
by Shaun BishopSan Jose Mercury News
March 2nd, 2010
Wells Fargo became East Palo Alto's largest landlord on Tuesday, assuming ownership of about 1,800 rental housing units after no one bid on any of the properties at a foreclosure auction.
Newsom Criticizes Rent Measure on Ballot
by Barbara TaylorKCBS Radio
March 2nd, 2010
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is launching an early campaign against a rent control measure on the June 8 ballot that would prevent landlords from raising rents in cases where the tenant is experiencing economic hardship.
Daly Pens Letter Urging Support of Tenant Financial Hardship Measure
by Luke Thomas Fog City Journal
March 2nd, 2010
In a letter addressed to his colleagues on the San Francisco Board of Superviosrs, Chris Daly today urged continued support of a June ballot measure proposal that aims to provide tenants most impacted by the recession temporary relief from rent increases.
Visalia City Council to take up mobile-home rent ordinance
by GERALD CARROLLVisalia Times-Delta
February 13th, 2010
A Visilia space-rent ordinance expires in May and a new ordinance is being drafted by the city council. Mobile-home residents claim that owners of Visalia's 10 mobile-home residential parks routinely gouge new residents while relentlessly pushing up rents on helpless long-term residents on fixed incomes who have no other cost-effective housing option.
E. Palo Alto wins appeal on Page Mill legal fees
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxPalo Alto Daily News
February 6th, 2010
The California Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court's decision awarding East Palo Alto predatory landlord, Page Mill Properties, about $20,000 in legal fees in a case against the city, possibly saving the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in another legal case.
A $5.4 Billion Deal Predicated on Breaking the Law
by Gary WeissSeeking Alpha
February 4th, 2010
A business journalist explains how a predatory equity scheme in New York in which CalPERS invested (and lost) $500M, was predicated on breaking the law in order to turn a profit.
Judge sanctions CitiApartments in city lawsuit
by John CotéSF Gate
February 3rd, 2010
A judge has tagged notorious San Francisco landlord, CitiApartments, and its related companies with a $50,000 fine for failing to turn over to the city legally required information in what City Attorney Dennis Herrera called "elaborate financial shell games."
Newsom's eviction law veto stands
by Rachel GordonSan Francisco Chronicle
February 3rd, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors failed to override Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto of legislation to expand just cause eviction protections to all the city's rental units.
Herrera wins Court sanctions against CitiApartments for ‘obfuscation, delay’
Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco
February 2nd, 2010
San Francisco's city attorney has won Court-ordered sanctions against a labyrinthine web of defendants involved in the operation of CitiApartments and Skyline Realty, the residential property management and investment behemoth first sued by the city in 2006 for an array of unlawful business practices.
Tenant Buyouts: Strategy for Success
by Dave CrowCrow & Rose Blog
February 2nd, 2010
Tenant Attorney Dave Crow explains how tenants can get the best deal from a landlords buying them out of their lease.
Report: Mobile home rent hike is too steep
by Jonathan Randles The Signal
February 1st, 2010
Consultants commissioned by the city of Santa Clarita say Polynesian Mobile Home Park owners are asking too much
Auction of Page Mill's East Palo Alto properties delayed
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
January 30th, 2010
The trustee sale of 1,800 rental units in East Palo Alto owned by Page Mill Properties won't take place Feb. 1 as planned, according to city officials. Meanwhile advocates including Tenants Together insist that the portfolio be sold to a responsible owner at a price reflecting its true value based on rents in compliance with the city's rent control laws.
Landlord Violates Rent Control -- With 'Large Knife'
by Joe EskenaziSF Weekly
January 27th, 2010
Police were called to a San Franciso apartment to intercede in a landlord-renter dispute that culminated when "the landlord wielded a large kitchen knife at the tenant and threatened to kill the tenant."
California pension fund loses big on New York real estate deal
by Dale KaslerMcClatchy News Service
January 27th, 2010
CalPERS' $500 million predatory equity investment in a New York real estate has officially gone by the wayside. CalSTRS wrote off its $100 million investment in the same project months ago.
Renters shouldn't vote, and other pearls of wisdom
by Anna Marie Hibble SF Gate
January 26th, 2010
Commenters on the San Francisco Chronicle's online version, SFGate, who are notorious for offensive remarks, have given rise to the debate on whether renters have as much stake in a community as homeowners.
Fight over Santa Cruz mobile home park housing likely headed back to court
by Kurtis AlexanderSan Jose Mercury News
The long-running showdown between the county and a Soquel mobile home park owner, which is testing the county's authority to preserve rent-controlled housing, appears headed back to court.
Tenant Buyouts: Your Absolute Bottom Line
by Dave CrowCrow and Rose Blog
January 25th, 2010
Attorney Dave Crow explains a San Franciscan rent-controlled tenant's rights regarding statutory relocation payments.
Rent wars: Court says landlord must make poor tenants rich
by Lois BeckettSF Weekly
January 25th, 2010
Last week, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $1.2 million judgment against San Francisco landlord, Edward Litke, in a wrongful eviction case.
Mayor Genser remembered as tenacious
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
January 25th, 2010
As Santa Monica's mayor and longest-serving council member, Genser fought for the preservation of Santa Monica's neighborhoods, the protection of tenant rights, and was instrumental in creating affordable housing.
N.Y. Housing Complex Is Turned Over to Creditors
by CHARLES V. BAGLINew York Times
January 25th, 2010
Tishman Speyer and BlackRock Realty announced they will turn Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village over to creditors. CalPERS stands to lose all of $500 million it invested in this predatory equity scheme.
EPA prepares for Page Mill lawsuit negotiations: City and court-appointed receiver set to begin settlement talks next week
by  by Gennady Sheyner Palo Alto Online StaffPalo Alto Online
January 22nd, 2010
East Palo Alto officials and the city's biggest landlord, a court-appointed receiver that took over for Page Mill Properties, will begin negotiations next week in hopes of settling more than a dozen lawsuits between the two parties.
Tenant Buyouts
by Dave CrowCrow and Rose Blog
January 18th, 2010
A San Francisco tenant lawyer explains what tenant buyouts are, when a tenant can expect them, and how to respond to a buyout offer.
Revamp in the works for eviction protections
by Rachel GordonSFGate
January 13th, 2010
The Board of Supervisors extended eviction protections Tuesday to San Francisco tenants who don't live in units that fall under rent control, but Mayor Gavin Newsom promises veto.
New Tenants Rights Proposal Has Solid Backing
by Rigoberto HernandezMission Loc@l
January 13th, 2010
San Francisco landlords will not be able to impose owner move-in evictions on families with children during the school year, if a new proposal by Supervisor Eric Mar passes the Board of Supervisors as expected.
Stuy Town: What's Next?
by Eliot BrownNew York Observer
January 12th, 2010
As restructuring looms in the predatory equity investment in Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in NYC,tenants and elected officials hold that the historic property should remain permanently affordable.
Ken Genser dies at 59; Santa Monica mayor and councilman
LA Times
January 11th, 2010
Ken Genser, mayor of Santa Monica, supporter of affordable housing, and an active member of Santa Monicans for Renters Rights died at age 59.
'Just cause' eviction legislation wins board approval, faces veto from mayor
by Joshua SabatiniSan Francisco Examiner:
January 10th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 7-3 Tuesday to approve legislation that extends the eviction protections in place for those living in units built prior to June 1979, as they are covered by The City’s rent control ordinance, to those units built afterward
CalPERS partner misses debt payment on N.Y. apartments
by Dale KaslerSacramento Bee
January 9th, 2010
The partnership in control of a New York apartment complex missed a debt payment Friday. Default would likely wipe out the $500 million invested by CalPERS, one of several investors in the project. The California State Teachers' Retirement System already has written off its $100 million investment.
Page Mill's East Palo Alto buildings to hit the auction block Feb. 1
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercuryNews.com
January 6th, 2010
As predatory landlord Page Mill Properties (David Taran) faces foreclosure on it's 1800 units in East Palo Alto, tenants and advocates insist the new owner(s) will have to be dedicated to owning and operating affordable housing.
Foreclosure Fears Lead to Tenants' Conundrum
by Vinnie RotondaroCityLImits.org
January 6th, 2010
Just as tenant advocates had warned, numerous predatory equity investments are now collapsing and the threat of widespread foreclosures is putting many innocent tenants at risk.
Judicial Bias Out of Control in SF Superior Court
by Dean PrestonBeyondChron.org
January 5th, 2010
The recent upholding by the Appellate Panel of the eviction of Susan Suval stands as the latest example of judicial bias against renters in San Francisco’s Superior Courts. Despite its progressive political climate, San Francisco continues to be one of the worst places in California when it comes to judicial bias against tenants.
Re'Anita Burns Looks Back on a Decade of Organizing in East Palo Alto
by Ruth Robertson Bay Area Indymedia
January 3rd, 2010
As 24-year-old Re'Anita enters a second decade of organizing in her community of color, she fights for tenants who need relief from illegal rent increases implemented by predatory landlord Page Mill Properties / David Taran.
Economy top San Mateo County story of '09: Page Mill Properties goes bust
by Will OremusSan Mateo County Times
December 31st, 2009
The collapse of landlord Page Mill Properties / David Taran's predatory equity scheme in East Palo Alto was one of the most important economic stories for 2009 in San Mateo County.
Goodbye Old Year, Good Riddance Page Mill Properties!
by Ruth RobertsonBay Area Indymedia
December 31st, 2009
In one last rally for the year 2009, housing activists said a long overdue "good riddance" to mega-landlord Page Mill. They raised cups of sparkling apple juice and pledged to continue working for rent relief for Page Mill tenants.
East Palo Alto may settle Page Mill lawsuits
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxSan Jose Mercury News
December 29th, 2009
The East Palo Alto City Council is discussing whether to accept a settlement proposal with a court-appointed receiver that would put to rest about 10 active lawsuits with predatory landlord Page Mill Properties/David Taran, city officials said Tuesday. Meanwhile tenant advocates say "many tenants still feel crunched by the high rents and feel there are many questions left unanswered."
How CalPERS strategy backfired: Huge portfolio losses tied to heavy leverage, lack of oversight
by Arleen Jacobius Pensions and Investments
December 28th, 2009
According to Pension and Investments, "behind CalPERS' staggering real estate losses lies a strategy that took on too much risk and lacked adequate oversight." One example is their predatory equity investment with Page Mill Properties in East Palo Alto that not only will likely result in a $100M loss, but also had a devastating impact on the tenants who suffered displacement, harassment and excessive rent increases.
Ventura mobile home park spaces to be offered for sale to renters
by Kevin ClericiVentura County Star
December 26th, 2009
After two years of maneuvering, including a successful lawsuit, owners of the Stardust Mobile Estates mobile home park in Ventura have won approval to sell its spaces to residents instead of renting them out. Residents are concerned they may not be able to afford to stay.

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