News and Views
In this BeyondChron article, Randy Shaw analyzes the defeat of Prop. 98 and the opportunity for a statewide tenants' rights movement.
June 4, 2008
Dean Preston of Tenants Together responds to Matt Smith's article on Prop. 98 in the SF Weekly.
June 3, 2008
California voters overwhelmingly reject Prop. 98, which would have banned rent control.
The Whittier Daily exposes a rising level of homelessness among seniors who cannot afford to pay rents on their apartments.
LA Times reports on Mayor Villaraigosa's proposal to allow landlords to evict tenants who have been convicted of using and possessing illegal weapons and ammunition.
The California Chronicle reports on the passage of Alberto Torrico's bill, AB 2585, in the state Assembly. The bill will aid tenants in foreclosures.
May 29, 2008
The Palo Alto Daily News covers a story of local residents organizing and proposing their own changes to the city rent control ordinance.
May 29, 2008
CNN profiles a single mom of eight in Palmdale who faces eviction from her rental after a foreclosure. A Laguna Hills family who has paid $30K in rent since last August also faces eviction because their landlord failed to make mortgage payments.
May 28, 2008
The Palo Alto Daily features an op-ed piece by Tenants Together director Dean Preston
May 27, 2008
Mike Coit of the Santa Rosa Democrat covers the story of a Santa Rosa family who lost their home in a foreclosure and are now competing in a tightening rental market.
May 23, 2008
A Bakersfield couple faced foreclosures in the last two homes they rented. According to this article, a rental company is under no legal obligation to inform renters whether a house is in default.
Housing Wire reports on a piece of legislation introduced by Raul M. Grijalva (D-Az) that would allow foreclosed homeowners to stay in their homes as renters.
May 22, 2008
Dean Baker critiques foreclosure legislation for not protecting renters.
May 20, 2008
CNN covers the plight of Santa Barbara residents who lost their homes when they could no longer afford to pay rent.
May 16, 2008
The Santa Cruz Sentinel covers a Santa Cruz rally against Prop 98.
May 15, 2008
The Contra Costa Times covers a lawsuit filed by Bay Area Legal Aid on behalf of low-income African-American tenants in Antioch. The tenants allege that the Antioch police department's Community Action Team unfairly targets them as part of a "concerted and unlawful campaign to seek evidence which could lead to the termination of participants' Section 8 voucher benefits."
May 14, 2008
In this Sacramento Bee editorial, Peter Schrag discusses the Howard Jarvis Tax Association in light of Proposition 98.
May 13, 2008
San Francisco's Examiner covers Monday's Board of Supervisors hearing, which addressed tenant complaints against CitiApartments. CitiApartments one of San Francisco's biggest landlords and has been accused of using aggressive tactics to harass long-term rent controlled tenants.
May 12, 2008
The Los Angeles Times announces its endorsements on June state ballot measures. Commenting on the rent control aspect of Prop. 98, the paper wrote: "Statewide abolition of rent control must not sneak its way onto the books as a hidden addendum to an ostensible eminent domain reform. Including it in Proposition 98 is cynical and devious -- and reason enough to reject the measure."
May 10, 2008
The Modesto Bee profiles a Los Angeles renter worried about losing her home if Prop 98 passes.