News and Views

This Sacramento Business Journal article reports that rental unit vacancies and new unit construction are down, while rents are increasing.
  • Sacramento
  • Yolo
June 23, 2008
Paul Krugman examines America's emphasis on homeownership and concludes that renters can and should share in the "American dream."
June 22, 2008
Two East Palo Alto landlords have paid $25,000 as a settlement in a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging that the landlords discriminated against black men in not responding to their rental applications and favoring white women.
  • Santa Clara
This San Francisco Chronicle article examines the rising costs of San Francisco housing and its implications.
  • San Francisco
This article offers a closer look at tenants in foreclosures in Southern California.
  • San Bernardino
This article reports on efforts in Ventura county to use foreclosed homes as housing for homeless and low-income people who cannot afford to rent or buy homes.
  • Ventura
Front page New York Times article reports that the number of renters is on the rise, while homeownership rates saw the largest decline in twenty years.
A Fresno landlord was ordered to pay $16,000 for failing to disclose lead-based paint presence in his eight units.
  • Fresno
The city of San Diego is tasked with balancing the housing needs of low-income families after withdrawing from the federal low-income housing program.
This article looks at legislation in California intended to deal with the foreclosure crisis.
Coalition for Economic Survival's Larry Gross sees a reinvigorated tenant rights movement in the light of Prop. 98's defeat.
  • Los Angeles
According to this San Diego Union Tribune article, apartment vacancy rates and rental rates have both increased over the past year. This article attributes both increases to the rising number of foreclosures.
  • San Diego
  • San Diego
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.
  • San Francisco
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.
  • Los Angeles
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
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.

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