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Oakland Mayor Schaaf and housing chief Rachel Flynn engage in war against renters - by Lynda Carson
Double-crossing Oakland renters with her nomination of pro-eviction real estate broker Kevin Skipper to the Oakland rent board as a pro-tenant Commissioner, is tantamount to a declaration of war against renters. In total contrast to her nomination that is connected to a serial-evictor, in the not to distant past, Mayor Schaaf declared that her top priority is preventing tenants from being displaced from their housing. It appears that Mayor Schaaf has been trying to hoodwink Oakland renters in...
Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:53AM
Corporate Economics and Development - by Steve Martinot
Market rate housing is a political category. It stands opposite affordable housing and rent control. Given the nature of corporate economics, and the dependence on a debt structure, corporate developers will not be willing to build projects including both market rate and affordable units. It violates what resides at the foundation of their economic structure. If a city builds market rate housing, the result will be massive dislocation. Only if it builds affordable housing will housing be prov...
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2015 11:26AM
Contra Costa County begins counting Richmond anti-rent control petition signatures Oct. 5 - by Lynda Carson
[[[Apparently, recently Therrence James who is a signature gatherer (independent contractor) collecting signatures for Alex Arsenault, stood before the Richmond City Council and gave testimony that he was instructed to lie to people about the petition that blocked renter protections, as a way to trick them into signing it!]]]
Posted: Tue Oct 6, 2015 7:37PM
Stop Oakland Monopoly!! - by Daron A.
We are a group of motivated and inspired youth activists who have come together around the True People Collective and Bookshop in the Temescal area. We aim to confront the continued gentrification of Oakland, and through our work we aspire to spread and produce knowledge from within our community, and to create a space in which youth can come together to create, collaborate, and organize.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 6:08PM
Berkeley Police Department Data Reveals Stark Racial Disparities - by National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area
Newly released data on police stops confirms local activists' and communities' of color charges of racial profiling in Berkeley. Data on police stops in Berkeley from January 18, 2015 to August 12, 2015, collected by the Berkeley Police Department and disclosed in response to a Public Records Act (PRA) request, reveals a pattern of discriminatory conduct against African American and Latino civilians.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 5:31PM
Court: EPA Failed to Protect U.S. Waters From Aquatic Invasive Species - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— In a 3-0 decision that has ramifications for waters across the country — from Long Island Sound to the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico to San Francisco Bay — the U.S. Court of Appeals’ 2nd Circuit today ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect U.S. waters from aquatic invasive species introduced by ship’s ballast water discharge. Ballast water invaders cost citizens, businesses, industry an...
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 4:52PM
Author Anita Wills announces release of book, A Nation of Flaws JustUs in the Homeland - by Anita L Wills
Author Anita Wills announces the release of her book, A Nation of Flaws JustUs in the Homeland. The book is an indepth look at the state of the American Justice System and its treatment of African Americans.
Posted: Sun Oct 4, 2015 5:55PM
Capitalism, Monopoly, Capitalism - by Daron A.
We are a group of motivated and inspired youth activists, aspiring to continue the growth of knowledge and confront the continued gentrification amongst our community. Oakland’s urban environment and culture is being diminished and possibly to be monopolized, by "Nautilus Group" raising rent and displacing locals from their homes,friends,jobs,urban environment.
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 5:19PM
Over-income public housing tenants make the housing crisis worse for the poor - by Lynda Carson
When a recent audit revealed that more than 25,000 over-income households presently reside in public housing, in response HUD officials cited the importance of reducing concentrated poverty in public housing with higher income renters, while not creating disincentives to self-sufficiency!
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:16AM
The City of Oakland is facing a serious affordable housing crisis - by Posted by Lynda Carson
The City of Oakland is facing a serious affordable housing crisis, with numerous residents being displaced from their homes. We have a hearing scheduled on the housing crisis on September 30th 2015 - 5:30pm, at Oakland City Hall (click this link for agenda calendar: https://oakland.legistar.com/calendar.aspx ). I believe it is essential that we take action to protect residents who are at risk of losing their homes, and need affordable housing.
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:59PM
Another report on Sawant & Hedges meeting - by John Reimann
A socialist perspective on the meeting with Sawant, Hedges & McGloughlin in Oakland last Saturday. Among other things, the meeting provided an interesting view of the difference between Sawant and Hedges. The latter is well to the left of Sawant.
Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:30PM
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
Petition to repeal Richmond’s renter protections may not be valid - by Lynda Carson
The petition turned in by Pacific Petition, Inc., and the California Apartment Association (CAA) on September 3, 2015 with around 7,100 collected signatures to repeal Richmond’s renter protections may not be valid. This is based on public records, on file with the Secretary of State, in California!
Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:11AM
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
Prime Wildlife Habitat in Bay Area Spared From Urban Sprawl - by Center for Biological Diversity
LIVERMORE, Calif.— More than 30 acres of biologically rich grasslands, including critical habitat for the endangered vernal pool fairy shrimp in the Bay Area, won’t be developed — at least for now — following the Livermore City Council’s unanimous vote to deny the Garaventa Hills housing development. The council’s decision on Monday not to certify the final California Environmental Quality Act approval of the development plan came after the Center for Biological Diversity urged th...
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:26PM
ACLU Files PRA Lawsuit Against Hayward PD Over Body Camera Footage - by ACLU of Northern California
San Francisco - In the midst of a national conversation about police transparency and accountability, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the Law Offices of Amitai Schwartz filed a lawsuit today against the City of Hayward and its Police Department (Hayward PD) for charging the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) unlawful and excessive costs as the price of disclosing body worn camera footage requested under the California Public Records Act (PRA).
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:06PM
Richmond progressives respond to CAA petition blocking renter protections - by Lynda Carson
On September 11, RPA member Mike Parker said: “The filing of petitions to suspend the City’s rent control/just cause ordinance does not stop the need for tenant protections in a city where almost half the residents live in rented housing!"
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:08PM
KPFA Host/PNB treasurer Brian Edwads-Tiekert Grabbing More Air Time On KPFA/KPFK As Pacifi - by repost
KPFA Host And PNB treasurer Brian Edwads-Tiekert Grabbing More Air Time On KPFA/KPFK As Pacifica Forces Sonali Kolhatkar Off Air
Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:18PM
Syrian Refugees Call Israel Their Main Enemy - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:45AM
100,000 Poets, Musicians & Visual artists for Change in the Town - by Marilyn Becchetti
Oakland area poets, musicians, dancers and visual artists participate in worldwide 100,000 Poets for Change, with hundreds of events in over 100 countries.
Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:00AM