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  [más abajo en español]   With Assembly Bill 3088 set to expire February 1, 2021 and stay-at-home orders sweeping California as COVID-19 infections skyrocket, tenant advocates are renewing the fight to close loopholes that allow unjust evictions to proceed. AB 15 & 16, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and backed by Tenants Together & Housing Now!, both large statewide coalitions representing scores of tenant, housing, education, and labor groups across the state.  
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Tenants Together and our coalition of members are proud to endorse three ballot measures. Click on each one to learn more, and sign up to volunteer and support!   Yes on Measure C will create rent control and just-cause for eviction in the city of Sacramento.   Yes on Measure RC will create rent control and just-cause in the city of Burbank.  
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With California courts poised to restart eviction and foreclosure proceedings on September 1, Governor Gavin Newsom has scrapped Assembly Bill 1436 in favor of an eleventh-hour legislative deal that may still lead to waves of eviction and displacement during the coronavirus pandemic.  
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  With California courts poised to restart eviction and foreclosure proceedings on September 1, Assembly Bill 1436, the last hope in the State Legislature to prevent a catastrophic displacement crisis, faces a steep challenge. AB 1436, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), would prevent foreclosures and evictions for inability to pay rent in full during the COVID-19 pandemic and for a year thereafter. The bill must clear the State Senate and the Assembly by Monday, August 31, the last day of the legislative session.   
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A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled Friday to pull a citizen’s initiative charter amendment from the ballot after the City of Sacramento sued to remove it. The ballot measure, which would have enacted rent control in Sacramento if approved by voters, was validated by over 50,000 signatures from Sacramento residents.
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As a staff and coalition of housing justice organizations rooted in BIPOC communities, we are crushed & angered by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, David McAtee, Sean Monterrosa, George Forbes, Rayshard Brooks, Rem’mie Fells, Riah Milton, & so many more, and by the unending brutality that police have inflicted on Black Lives Matter protests all over the country.
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S.F. must lease 8,250 hotel rooms for homeless, frontline workers under emergency ordinance  San Francisco Chronicle
Alameda Attorney’s Office: Island eviction bans explained  East Bay Times
Sup. Preston calls for permanent ban on evictions due to COVID-related rent debt  48 Hills
Opinion: Why San Diego Tenants Should Join a Rent Strike on May 1  Times of San Diego
Santa Ana Freezes Rent Increases for Residents  VoiceofOC
Inside the national rent-strike movement: Red thermometers, tenant manuals & more  The Real Deal
LA’s coronavirus renter protections little comfort to many tenants  Curbed LA
In the face of corporate bailouts, rent strikers demand relief - Waging Nonviolence  Waging Nonviolence
Rent Strikes Gather Steam As Campaigners Call For Payments To Be Waived  Newsweek
Laguna Beach may ask landlords to defer rent and evictions through May  Los Angeles Times
Fremont Enacts Eviction Moratorium, Other Emergency Measures  NBC Bay Area
Activists Staged a 'Car Caravan' Protest at the Mayor's House  LA Magazine
Mountain View enacts urgency eviction moratorium for tenants  KTVU San Francisco
How Governor’s Eviction Order Fails: Critics  Pacific Sun

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