News and Views

‘Prosecution unit’ proposed for some rule-breakers in Alameda  East Bay TimesAn assistant city attorney would prosecute code violators and some suspected criminals.
Targets of Westminster City Council recall campaign accuse opponents of misleading tactics  Los Angeles TimesWestminster mayor and councilman accuse backers of recall campaign of "bait and switch" tactics.
East Bay tenants face eviction as developer converts units to affordable housing  San Francisco ChronicleA developer is turning apartments in the East Bay and North Bay into affordable housing, which the area sorely needs. But as the company acquires the ...
Oakland sued by disabled renters being excluded by the Rent Adjustment Program  SF Bay Area IndymediaOn August 28, 2019, plaintiffs Ian Smith, Sunday Parker, and Mitch Jeserich sued the City of Oakland on behalf of themselves and other Oakland renters that ...
Letter to the Editor: Landlords need to be held accountable  Fairfield Daily RepublicIn an article by Salvo, a Los Angeles newspaper, recent tenants' struggles in the area were reported. The struggles go on and renters are having a difficult time ...
Alameda briefs: Revised rent ordinance may protect Section 8 tenants  East Bay TimesAt its Sept. 3 meeting, the Alameda City Council will consider a revised rent-control ordinance including: extending eviction protections to Section 8 voucher ...
Collapse of a coalition - News - Local Stories - August 22, 2019  Sacramento News & ReviewBy Scott Thomas Anderson. Has political orthodoxy and the threat of big money broken up Sacramento's grassroots renters' alliance? Published on August 22, ...
Long Beach Renters See Rent Hikes, Evictions Days Before New Law  Gazette NewspapersCatherine Yang has walked into the same metal, gated entrance of her two-story apartment building, squeezed between rows of wooden garages painted ...
Lawsuit: San Jose failed to record closed meetings about Google  East Bay TimesWorking Partnerships USA and the First Amendment Coalition allege San Jose officials did not keep required meeting recordings.
Dozens rally in downtown Santa Rosa in support of immigrants  Santa Rosa Press DemocratAbout 40 people rallied to denounce Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso and this week's deportations in Mississippi.
Original owner wanted to preserve mobile-home park  Palo Alto OnlineThe Glory Mobile Home and RV Park, now long out of the Averells' hands, now faces potential closure. City officials determined it is undergoing a change of use ...
The Governor Wants Rent Caps  Fox and Hounds DailyCalling for a rent cap bill for all California, Governor Gavin Newsom said such a measure is long overdue. While Newsom sees this as a temporary solution.
‘Put in a corner,’ El Cerrito scraps just-cause eviction law  East Bay TimesThe 25000-person town of El Cerrito was the latest target for a deep-pocket California landlord interest group, which shelled out more than $30000 to kill a ...
July 31, 2019
Over 80 tenant-leaders and organizers from around the Southern California region including Santa Clarita, Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Anaheim, San Diego, Palm Springs and more gathered together for a two-day bootcamp on tenant counseling and how to integrate counseling and organizing. Facilitation was led by Tenants Together staff and hotline counseling volunteers, as well as member organization Strategic Action for a Just Economy (SAJE) and allies Disability Rights Advocates and Latino Health Access.  
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Inside the Wildly Popular Forum Where Landlords Plot to Screw You Over  VICEIt's a terrifying window into the tenant/landlord power dynamic—and a national housing hellscape.
Santa Maria explores potential model lease, rent stabilization for mobile home parks  Santa Maria TimesSince last fall, the city of Santa Maria has worked to facilitate talks between mobile home park residents and park owners in an effort to preserve affordable living ...
Meet the eviction defenders helping to keep tenants at home  The Christian Science MonitorA San Francisco program that guarantees legal counsel to renters reflects a reconsideration of the balance between landlords and tenant rights.
Lawsuit seeks to stop L.A. from seizing and discarding homeless people's belongings  Los Angeles TimesA law allows sanitation crews in Los Angeles to seize and destroy property kept by homeless people on city sidewalks. A new lawsuit challenges that practice.
Larkspur to consider tenant protection laws  Marin Independent JournalA series of new laws aimed at protecting renters from displacement is under consideration in Larkspur, officials said Wednesday.
Oakland women’s shelter faces eviction after 75 percent rent hike  East Bay TimesOAKLAND — As the Bay Area's homelessness crisis grows more intense, one small East Bay shelter — and all its residents — are facing eviction after a ...

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