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Tense Meeting on Minimum Wage in Mountain View Ends in Victory - by R. Robertson
A tense meeting in Mountain View city council chambers ended in victory for workers yesterday. The decision to raise the minimum wage came after contentious appeals from restaurant owners who wanted exceptions that would allow them to pay less than minimum wage to those earning tips and to teenagers.
Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:19PM
California Moves to Keep Whales Out of Crab Gear - by Center for Biological Diversity
OAKLAND, Calif.— A state-convened working group is recommending a series of important initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:42PM
Raging Grannies Question Facebook's "Sustainability Guru" at Climate Rally - by Raging Grannies Action League
The Raging Grannies questioned the role of hi tech in the climate movement at a rally held next door to Google headquarters this week. They spoke with Bill Weihl who said he is Sustainability Guru for Facebook. His previous title was Green Energy Czar when he held a similar position at Google. The Grannies stated they find both titles pretentious. Weihl said they are "fun".
Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:39AM
Students, Unions Cite Hi Tech for Increase in Inequality at Climate Rally - by R. Robertson
On October 14th, high school students and union members said the hi tech industry is fueling the climate crisis and economic injustice. They were at the People's Climate Movement rally in Mountain View. Top photo: Kian Martin of San Jose's Lincoln High School. Kian said that, "As a queer second generation Iranian-American youth, I feel it is my duty to fight for climate justice".
Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:57PM
Registrar of voters allegedly certified petition blocking Richmond’s renter protections - by Lynda Carson
Now the CAA and it’s 13,000 members are targeting numerous council members and are meddling in the affairs of 4 other Northern California cities, in an effort to block renter protections from taking effect. Those cities include San Jose, Santa Rosa, Mountain View, and San Mateo. Additionally, renters in Healdsburg have also been pushing for renter protections in their city!
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:51PM
Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day - by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Leatherback Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California, Hawaiian Longline Fisheries & Gear Entanglements
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:49PM
Raging Grannies to McDonald's: Stop Pesticide Drift Pt. II (video/mp4 96.5MB) - by Raging Grannies Action League
On a national day of action, in solidarity with rural residents of northern Minnesota affected by pesticide drift from potato farms, the Raging Grannies sang in front of the Palo Alto, California McDonald's.
Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:23PM
Raging Grannies to McDonald's: Stop Pesticide Drift! - by Report from Palo Alto, CA
There were 43 actions across the US today all at McDonald's fast food restaurants. At issue: The fast food company’s 2009 pledge to reduce pesticides goes unfulfilled.
Posted: Tue Oct 6, 2015 9:33PM
Indicted for bank fraud, property manager Scott Safadi blames owners for mass evictions - by Lynda Carson
On behalf of the renters being displaced, Terry Nagel the Mayor of Burlingame, stated that she wants to have a meeting with Scott Safadi regarding the mass evictions occurring at 1111 Douglas Avenue. According to Jay H. Grossman a resident of 1111 Douglas Avenue, who is a former real estate broker, there is to be a meeting in front of the building at 1:00pm on Sunday, with Mayor Terry Nagel, who will try to mediate on behalf of the renters with Scott Safadi and the new owners. The plan is for...
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:15PM
Indicted for bank fraud, landlord Scott Safadi is evicting many renters in Burlingame - by Lynda Carson
A search of records with the Secretary of State for Scott Safadi Property Management, does not turn up any records, in addition to the search that did not turn up any records for a corporation named Cal Bay Property Management, owned by Scott Safadi in California!
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:15PM
In 2015 over 700 families displaced by no-cause evictions in San Mateo - by Lynda Carson
As reported in The Daily Journal for San Mateo: Rent increased $227 during the 4th quarter in the past year, leaping to $2,572 (according to Real Answers, a group compiling apartment data). “During the fourth quarter in San Mateo, studio apartments increased by an average of $193 from last year, to $1,762 per month, marking a 12.3 percent increase. One-bedroom apartments with one bathroom increased by 10.3 percent on average to $2,332 per month, up $218 from 2013. And two-bedroom, one-bathr...
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:51PM
Nonprofit Quarterly brings national attention to Richmond & San Mateo rent battles - by Lynda Carson
Presently, housing and tenant activists are urging everyone possible to appear at the September 21 Special Hearing in San Mateo, and to contact the San Mateo City Council to propose a humane solution to the eviction-for profit-system by passing a renter protection ordinance that includes rent control, and just cause eviction protections!
Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:51PM
San Mateo needs rent control & just cause eviction protections - by Lynda Carson
On September 21, a special hearing will be held by the council at San Mateo City Hall in an effort to discuss possible solutions to save affordable housing, including rent control, and just cause eviction protections that may be beneficial to renters, and honest landlords not involved in the eviction-for profit-system!
Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:38AM
In bizarre perverse twist of fate, anti-tenant group CAA partners with United Way - by Lynda Carson
In a bizarre perverse twist of fate, the anti-tenant organization California Apartment Association (CAA) an organization that has been attacking renter protections that assist community members from displacement and homelessness in Richmond, while attacking renter protection proposals in Santa Rosa and San Mateo in recent weeks, has entered into a partnership with the United Way to help out the homeless!
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:12PM
CAA pressures San Mateo to stall just cause renter protections - by Lynda Carson
Councilman David Lim and other council members have been targeted by the CAA and CAA Tri-County for proposing a just cause eviction protection ordinance to keep families from being displaced by unfair and unjust no-cause evictions in San Mateo. This is known as the eviction-for profit-system!
Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:08PM
CAA is meddling in San Mateo efforts to protect renters - by Lynda Carson
Now that the CAA just blocked renter protections from taking effect in Richmond, the CAA is targeting San Mateo! Councilman David Lim has been targeted by the CAA and CAA Tri-County for proposing a just cause eviction protection ordinance to keep families from being displaced by unfair and unjust no-cause evictions in San Mateo!
Posted: Wed Sep 9, 2015 4:03AM
Women in Black - by Inge Etzbach
I am trying to start a Women in Black group for Peace and Justice in Midtown Redwood City. If you would like to participate and have ideas regarding times and locations, please leave a note at womeninblackRWC@gmx.com. For more information read the articles below.
Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2015 5:40PM
Third March for Rent Stabilization in Mountain View - by Ruth Robertson
La renta sube, sube ....El pueblo sufre, sufre! Members and allies of the Mountain View Tenants Coalition chanted as they marched passed City Hall to the intersection at El Camino Real where they waved signs for passing motorists to see. This was their third Friday evening march during rush hour.
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:07PM
Mountain View Tenants Call for Rent Increase Moratorium - by Ruth Robertson
"Pay is low, rents are high...what can we do to get by?" Members and allies of the Mountain View Tenants Coalition chanted as they marched passed City Hall to the intersection at El Camino Real where they waved signs for passing motorists to see. Their goal was to bring attention to the upcoming City Council meeting on September 8 where they will propose rent stabilization measures.
Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2015 2:49AM
Coast Dairies National Monument? - Not So Fast - by via Friends of the North Coast
A petition has been initiated by the group Friends of the North Coast calling on Representative Eshoo and Senator Boxer to complete a detailed environmental review and develop a "regional approach" for managing the properties proposed for National Monument protection in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The project is currently being called, "Coast Dairies National Monument." "National Monument status will not add any legal protections that do not already exist, and the resulting overuse could seriou...
Posted: Tue Aug 4, 2015 4:21PM