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EBALDC targets African-American tenant protester with restraining order and eviction - by Lynda Carson
According to court documents, from August 20 through August 25, and according to Mark Johnson, he has been protesting in front of EBALDC's main corporate office, and has been holding up various picket signs during his five days of protesting against EBALDC's policies, poor living conditions, harassment and mistreatment!
Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:29AM
Taking the next step- Remembering Lynn Graham - by Kelly Borkert
On October 18th a memorial gathering celebrating the life and activism of Lynn Graham will take place in Fresno at Roeding Park's Eucalyptus Grove. Please join us to recognize and remember this outstanding community member.
Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:31AM
Report from SCPD Corner - by Robert Norse
After some lively debate, the HUFF meeting voted to endorse a "mellow" but visible presence on the corner of Laurel and Center Streets in front of the SCPD parking lot. We wanted to go forward with the presence near the SCPD to encourage the rest of the community that our police are not above criticism and accountability--or should not be at any rate. And that we and others should not be afraid to expose the nightly abuse homeless people suffer and the racial profiling that many blacks & Lat...
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:55PM
Gimme Shelter: Counting Down to 90 - by TJ Johnston for Street Sheet
How effective has the 311 phone system been in providing San Francisco's homeless population access to long-term shelter reservations? A client staying at a shelter does the math.
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:17PM
Tenants Together Releases Guide for Tenants Victimized by Napa Earthquake - by Tenants Together
Today, Tenants Together is releasing a guide for tenants impacted by the Napa earthquake. Renters in Napa are discovering the hard way that they don’t know their rights following last month’s earthquake. Hundreds of homes have been red-tagged and many tenants have been unable to return because of earthquake damage. In Napa’s tight and expensive real estate market, this has meant major hardship for tenants who are displaced. Local nonprofits have been struggling to keep up with the...
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:18AM
Creation of Affordable Housing in the New Economy - by Steve Pleich
Affordable Housing Development, Like Affordable Housing, Needs a Plan
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:50PM
Santa Cruz Needs "Shelter First" Model for Homeless Community - by Steve Pleich
Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:19PM
Paula Gregoire: Save Paula's Cottage (video/mp4 70.4MB) - by Bradley Allen
On September 9, 2014, Paula Gregoire, her mother also named Paula, and her daughter Isabella, spoke before the Santa Cruz City Council against the city's inhumane rental inspection program. The cruel and invasive ordinance was pushed through in August 2010 in a 5-1 vote by the gentrifying forces of the Santa Cruz City Council with pressure and backing from UC Santa Cruz.
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:05PM
Oakland tenants to Rent Board: don't give landlords free ride - by Mike Lee
Tenant input needed on criteria for rent increases.
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 10:22PM
HUFFing around at the Association of Faith Communities Friday - by Robert Norse
HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) showed up in numbers at the annual get-together at the Calvary Episcopal Church urging immediate commitment to providing Simple Housing for 1000 people. Raven Davis was designated speaker for HUFF but was never allowed to speak, all the time being taken up by ponderous preachers and pretentious politicians. Few if any homeless people were invited to speak before the conclave. Here are two speeches we would have given, had we the chance, an...
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 12:31AM
Will St. Andrews Plaza be the first to be stung by WOSP? - by FireWorks
Police raided the St. Andrews encampment at 34th and San Pablo directly after the West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP), leaving some wondering, is this the start of the hammer coming down?
Posted: Thu Sep 4, 2014 8:15PM
Huge Win as Benito Santiago's Ellis Act Eviction Rescinded Due to Direct Action Organizing - by Eviction Free San Francisco
Eviction Free San Francisco is overjoyed to announce the rescinding of Benito Santiago's Ellis Act Eviction, as well as the evictions of other tenants at 149-151 Duboce. The tenants in the four units there - Benito, as well as Eduardo Santana, Rhani Remedes and Scott Evans - received their Ellis Act eviction notice on December 20, 2013, by Pineapple Boy LLC. As Benito says, "When I received the Ellis Act notice, I thought we had to be out immediately. I couldn't fathom it. I've been living th...
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 11:51AM
Longtime Santa Cruz Residents Forced Out of Town by City and UCSC - by via Save Paula's Cottage
A City of Santa Cruz program backed by UCSC to red-tag and evict residents of "accessary dwelling units" (granny units) are driving longtime residents out of Santa Cruz!
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 11:19AM
Eviction Without Reason - by Aimee Inglis
If it was your eviction, Bruce would have your back. He has fought hard for other tenants in his community, now he's facing eviction. Send a letter now to demand his eviction notice be withdrawn. http://bit.ly/MercedJustCause
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 10:21AM
Ralph Nader comes to the Berkeley Post Office! (video/quicktime 87.5MB) - by Bill Carpenter
The struggle to save the Berkeley Post Office adds Ralph Nader to its ranks! Nader spoke on July 29, 2014.
Posted: Tue Sep 2, 2014 9:35PM
Rally Targets Real Estate Speculation, Serial Speculator Elba Borgen - by San Francisco Tenants Union
The San Francisco Tenants Union protested real estate speculator Elba Borgen today, August 29, during a rally in support Proposition G, the anti-speculation tax, in the Panhandle as the campaign to stop real estate speculation begins in neighborhoods across San Francisco.
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:02PM
Berkeley Housing Authority faces termination if a merger occurs - by Lynda Carson
It's probable that the BHA may be gobbled up and merged with the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA). The OHA is an experimental MTW housing authority, which means that Berkeley's section 8 tenants (Housing Choice Voucher Program tenants) would lose many of their existing rights as section 8 tenants if the merger takes place, or if Berkeley's section 8 tenants do not rise up in anger to block the merger from happening!
Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:02AM
Greedy nonprofit housing developers have minimum income requirements - by Lynda Carson
Meanwhile, many executives in the so-called nonprofit housing industry are raking in some hefty salaries and wage compensation at the same time they discriminate against the poor with their minimum income requirements!
Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:03PM
Mission Tenants Demand Their Stolen Money Back and Their Right to Remain in their Homes - by Eviction Free San Francisco
On August 20th, tenants being evicted via the shady collusion of landlord Thomas Aquilina and property manager German Moldonado gathered outside their home at 26th and Lucky in San Francisco's Mission District, demanding their stolen money back and the right to remain in their home.
Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:39PM
ACLU Santa Cruz Brings Statement of Principle to Board of Supervisors - by ACLU Santa Cruz
ACLU Calls for Board Consideration of Moratorium on Camping Ban
Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:14PM