News and Views

April 22, 2008
The Sacramento Bee reports that former Governor Pete Wilson has publicly opposed Proposition 98.
The Sacramento Bee looks at the business side of California's rental market. With more and more Californians becoming tenants, rents in California have been steadily increasing, as much as thirty percent over three years in some areas. According to the article, one exception is Sacramento, where availability of apartments is still keeping up with the demand. This is due, in part, to newly foreclosed homes being put on the rental market.
  • Sacramento
The Modesto Bee profiles an elderly tenant struggling to get her security deposit back from the new owner after losing her home during a foreclosure.
Mortgage News Daily reports on a study which found the no one earning minimum wage in California is able to afford a decent rental unit.
The San Francisco Examiner cites statistics on California's rising rents.
April 9, 2008
David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times covers the plights of LA renters being priced out of their homes.
  • Los Angeles
San Francisco and San Mateo have the fourth highest rents in the country, according to a new nation-wide study.
  • Contra Costa
  • Monterey
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Alameda
The Orange County Register covers the rent control battle on the June ballot. Tenants Together's director points out that Prop. 98 is an attack on all renters, not just those protected by rent control
  • Orange
A Santa Monica Chronicle article discusses the status of Assembly Member Alberto Torrico's bill that would help renters in foreclosure situations.
March 27, 2008
Giselle Acevedo and Paul Freese call on leaders to address the lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles by supporting rent control, regulating condo conversions, and creating permanent funds dedicated to affordable housing.
  • Los Angeles
This Chronicle article covers efforts to protect tenants from utility shutoffs in foreclosure situations.
  • Alameda
CBS5 reports on a federal court ruling on the constitutionality of a rent control ordinance in San Rafael.
Ventura county passes a law that would prohibit condo conversions for mobile parks, unless majority of tenants vote to approve plans for conversion.
  • Ventura
Beyond Chron exposes the rhetoric of an apartment owner association.
The Oakland Tribune covers Saturday's rally in Oakland against Prop. 98.
In Los Angeles, a wide coalition of groups came together to call on Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council to accept Housing LA's three-point affordable housing proposal, which includes taking measures to protect existing affordable housing at risk of demolitions and condo conversions.
  • Los Angeles
SF Chronicle publishes letter to the editor from Tenants Together
This article in the L.A. Times describes lender harassment to evict tenants, including how a lender stopped paying the water bill in a bid to evict tenants from an Oakland duplex.
March 5, 2008
Landlord Landmark Equities must pay $10 million in fines and restitution to tenants!

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