News and Views

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
The city of Los Angeles has begun buying foreclosed homes as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Some homes will be used as low-income rental housing and others will be sold to low and moderate income families.
  • Los Angeles
According to the LA Times, apartment rents in Southern California are down by 4% in 2008.
Senator Leland Yee introduced a bill, SB 782, to protect victims of domestic violence from being unfairly evicted.
  • San Francisco
Citing TT's recent report, this article discusses the impact of foreclosure on California renters. The stories of Laura Hecox (Chula Vista) and Genevieve Hilpert (San Francisco) are highlighted. The article also notes that banks are losing over $1 billion annually by not continuing to rent to California tenants after foreclosure.
  • San Diego
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  • San Francisco
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  • San Diego
Researchers have discovered that the allergen which triggers childhood asthma, most common in low-income children, is caused by cockroaches.
Quoting Christian Abasto of Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Larry Gross of Coalition for Economic Survival, this article discusses how renters are victimized by landlords, banks, real estate agents and lawyers.
  • Los Angeles
Tenants Together released a new report today on the impact of foreclosures on California renters.

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