News and Views

A group of low-income families who have been occupying seasonal farm worker housing are facing a deadline to vacate the housing for the farmworkers.
  • Sutter
Tenants of a building in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood face displacement through an Ellis Act eviction.
  • San Francisco
In a closely watched case, Court of Appeal upholds Los Angeles' right to control rents at newly constructed units built on property that had previously contained rent controlled units.
April 19, 2009
This San Bernardino Sun article discusses the competition for rental housing in the Inland Empire.
  • Riverside
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  • San Bernardino
A controversial large mixed-use complex, containing more than 200 residential units, will earn California State University, Fresno more than a $1 million annually in rent.
  • Fresno
This week, the Santa Cruz county supervisors will hear the request of mobile home park owners to allow the conversion of spaces to owner-occupied parcels. Residents are worried that the conversion will price them out of the park.
  • Santa Cruz
The Press Enterprise looks at the effects of foreclosures on the rental market in the Inland Empire.
  • Riverside
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  • San Bernardino
Mason Gaffney, a professor of economics at UC Riverside, believes that the foreclosure crisis will turn many former homeowners into renters for the rest of their lives.
  • Riverside
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  • San Bernardino
April 17, 2009
This week the National Low Income Housing Coalition released its Out of Reach 2009 Report. The report compares wages and rents in every U.S. county. California, on average, has the second highest housing costs in the country, after Hawaii. The housing wage (how much an individual would have to earn an hour working full time in order to not have to spend more than 30% of their income on housing) is $24.83 in California. Furthermore, five out of ten of the most expensive metro areas in the U.S. are in California.
Tenants from San Francisco's Central City SRO Collaborative spoke out against the proposal to replace a $5.47 flat rate with an option that would give phone companies the option to raise rates.
  • San Francisco
The Desert Mobile Home Park on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian reservation might be shut down by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs over health and safety concerns. The mobile home park houses over 2,000 migrant workers and their families.
AB 494, introduced by Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) would allow farmers to build more housing for workers on their land.
  • Monterey
Dan Levy and Ari Levy of Bloomberg News have published an important story on renters in foreclosure situations in California.
April 15, 2009
KALW public radio has been doing an extraordinary series on the impact of the economic crisis on people's lives called the "Economic Edge."
This article deals with the tenants of a San Diego condo complex who are dealing with foreclosures.
  • San Diego
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  • San Diego
Page Mill Properties is suing the city of East Palo Alto after the city denied the landlord's application for exemption of a number of units from the city's rent control ordinance.
  • San Mateo
A Bakersfield landlord went into foreclosure, but his tenants who had a rent-to-buy agreement are left without a home and money they invested.
  • Kern
The city of Lancaster has proposed imposing limits on landlords who wish to rent to Section 8 tenants. The proposal has been condemned by the Coalition for Economic Survival and the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles
The Valley News reports on Tenants Together's Tenant Foreclosure Hotline.
  • Riverside
CBS 8 News in San Diego has put out a consumer alert on a local rental listing company, Rent San Diego Properties.
  • San Diego
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  • San Diego

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