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The California Apartment Association (CAA) has placed medical marijuana users in its crosshairs, including recreational marijuana users if voters approve marijuana for legalization in November. The CAA is sponsoring a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, and on April 26 the bill advanced to the Assembly floor. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) is the author of AB 2300.
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)New Fees to Be Charged to Subsidize Delta Tunnels
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)Santa Clara Valley Water Rates to Increase Without a Public Vote to Support "Cal WaterFix"
Attendees at the April 14 public meeting of the Santa Clara County Water Commission's Board of Directors in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels. Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their own wells.
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)State of Mexico Riot Police Raid San Francisco Xochicuautla
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)New Attack Against Otomí Community and Its Forest Arouses Widespread Repudiation
On Monday, April 11, 2016, around 800 State of Mexico riot police at the service of Grupo Higa laid siege to the Otomí community of San Francisco Xochicuautla, destroyed the camp set up in defense of the forest, used heavy machinery to illegally tear down the house of Dr. Armando García Salazar, and violently dragged out at least 25 men, women and children who were inside the house, including 64-year-old Isabel Hernández, a member of the Supreme Indigenous Council of Xochicuautla.
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 05/08/16)Housing State of Emergency Declared in Oakland
Tue Apr 12 2016 (Updated 05/08/16)City Council Passes 90-Day Rent Increase Limit But Fails to Pass Temporary Eviction Freeze
Oakland renters have been facing nearly 1,000 evictions per month. Rents have skyrocketed and the median rent is currently $3,000 per month. Housing activists have been pushing for a temporary freeze on evictions and rent hikes to protect tenants from the massive upheaval. On April 6, the Oakland City Council responded by voting unanimously to support a 90-day moratorium on rent increases, but failed to pass a temporary freeze on evictions.
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)San Francisco Police Execute Homeless Man
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Despite SFPD Deescalation Claim, Jose Luis Gongora Shot Down in Under 30 Seconds
On April 7, a homeless man, Jose Luis Gongora, allegedly brandishing a knife, was executed by SFPD. Surveillance camera video shows police cars rolling up, cops getting out and approaching Jose Luis off-camera. Police claimed they attempted to deescalate the situation, but the video shows two cops approaching Jose Luis with a shotgun pointed at him and shouting at him. The cop with the shotgun can be heard firing four "less lethal" bean-bag rounds at Jose Luis before at least one of the cops shoots and kills him. On April 9, SFPD raided a nearby tent encampment on Shotwell Street, knocking over objects with sticks, including several memorial candles that lined the front of Jose Luis' tent which is still at the scene.
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Justice Coalition Pushing for Radical Change at the Ballot Box
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Grassroots Effort Under Way for New Oakland Police Commission, Tenant Rights, $20 Min Wage
Community activists working independently on separate ballot measures have come together under the umbrella of the Oakland Justice Coalition. Together, the three measures they propose would radically transform police accountability, renters' protections, and the minimum wage in Oakland. On March 24, Oakland Justice Coalition members made a formal announcement of their intentions in front of Oakland City Hall. The canvassing kickoff will be held on April 2.
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)City Bulldozes Beach Flats Community Garden for Seaside Company
Tue Mar 29 2016 (Updated 04/19/16)Beach Flats Gardeners Remain Committed to 2016 Planting Season Despite Losing Land
A bulldozer rumbled into the Beach Flats Community Garden early Thursday morning, March 24, tearing out mature fruit trees and nopales plants that city staff had earlier promised would not be touched, and damaging an already strained relationship between the City and community. Despite the loss of land, fruit trees, and nopales, the Beach Flats Gardeners are committed to making the best of the 2016 planting season.