News and Views

November 19, 2008
6:01 p.m.: Our online petition to save the renters' rebate just hit 1250 signatures. The response to the petition has been amazing. Spread the word! 5:05 p.m.: We've obtained an email copy of Assembly Speaker Karen Bass' statement that was read at the LA rally. The Speaker directly addresses the rebate program. Here's what the statement says:
The Contra Costa Times covers a day of action around the renters' rebate.
  • Contra Costa
  • San Francisco
November 19, 2008
Dennis Taylor of the Monterey Herald reports on the statewide day of action to save the renters' rebate.
  • Monterey
November 13, 2008
The Bay Area Reporter looks at the impact of the Renters' Rebate elimination on low-income senior and disabled LGBT renters.
  • San Francisco
Candidates backed by Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights hold all fourteen seats on the School and College Board and all five seats on the Rent Board.
  • Los Angeles
Tenants of a four-unit apartment building were defrauded by their landlord who rented them an apartment in an unhabitable condition days before the building was foreclosed on.
  • San Bernardino
Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a proposal for a 90-day "stay" of foreclosure proceedings to help struggling homeowners.
An Oakland landlord was ordered to pay $5.5 million in punitive damages to his former tenants as a result of wrongly withholding security deposits.
  • San Francisco
  • Alameda
An Orange County judge resigned after a California's Commission on Judicial Review found that the judge failed to disclose, before hearing a tenant/landlord case, that he was himself a landlord. The judge had previously been admonished for using the court's resources to conduct his private business as a landlord.
  • Orange
Tenants of a Palo Alto apartment complex are struggling to defend themselves against a landlord they allege is discriminating against them.
  • San Mateo
The Davis city council passed an ordinance in January allowing tenants to post political signs, regardless of what may be stated in the tenant's rental agreement. Some landlords may not be in compliance.
  • Yolo
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, more and more homeowners struggling to keep making their mortgage payments, are renting out rooms in their houses.
October 31, 2008
This article from the San Joaquin valley tells the stories of several tenants who feel that they have been intimidated by realty companies into leaving their homes before they are legally required to after a foreclosure.
  • San Joaquin
An Alameda County Judge upheld a restraining order against the owners of California Hotel, protecting tenants against evictions by the landlord.
  • Alameda
The San Bernardino Economic Development Agency will be taking over a set of four-plexes and plans to raze them to make room for new development.
  • San Bernardino
October 27, 2008
A Solano County tenant recounts how her former landlord attempted to illegally hold her deposit and how she was able to get her deposit back with some help from Legal Services of Northern California.
  • Solano
When Governor Schwarzenegger used his line item veto on the State budget last month, he saved his harshest cuts for programs that benefit some of California's most vulnerable citizens -- low income seniors and disabled folks. With the stroke of his pen, the Governor eliminated all $150 million of funding for the Renters Tax Assistance Program, a decades-long program which served nearly half a million low income Californians last year. ">

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