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Rally to Roll the Rents Back in East Palo Alto
by R. Robertson
Wednesday Nov 4th, 2009 7:05 PM
Today's rally was the the launch of weekly actions until rents are rolled back in East Palo Alto. Page Mill Properties, with their financial mismanagement and blatant disregard for the city's rent stabilization ordinance, is at the core of the problem. Now that Page Mill is in receivership and may go belly up, court-appointed Ward Realty is in control. Even with new management, the tenants see little relief in site.

A petition passed around at the rally asked Ward Realty to roll the rents back to 2006 rates, respond to maintenance requests in a timely manner, intervene with property management staff so they treat tenants with respect, and remove the additional fees that Woodland Park Management has imposed, including parking fees.

The rally was organized by Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) and supported by tenants and community activists.
§Anthony of YUCA and fellow organizers get ready to lead the rally
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§Flyer for Change
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Midge Dorn, chair of East Palo Alto's Rent Stabilization Board at left, gave a short speech updating the crowd that at its peak reached about 100
§Crowd starts to gather
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§Raging Grannies arrive
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§Many people came forth to describe their experiences as tenants
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§Chants and songs
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§Parents and kids came
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Petition being passed around seen on the right in this photo. Many people signed, many testified as to the problems they experience as tenants, and all participated in chants to encourage success in the struggle.
§Pyramid "tents" represented people whose rents were increased...
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...way beyond limits established by legal Rent Control Ordinance
§Sun sets on the rally
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Everyone chants: We'll be back! This was just the first of scheduled weekly actions until the rents are rolled back.