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Oakland Rally and Press Conference Against Prop 98

Saturday, March 15, 2008
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
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The Greek Orthodox Church
4700 Lincoln Ave. (Oakland Hills)

Dozens of Angry Bay Area Seniors, Renters and Community Activists Protest Outside Apartment Owner Meeting in Oakland.

Blast Apartment Owners for Trying to Trick Voters Into Abolishing Rent Control Through Prop. 98
The Landlords' Hidden Agendas Scheme

Dozens of seniors, tenants and community rights activists from Oakland/Bay Area will protest and march outside the Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County (RHA) convention on Saturday, March 15 at 11:00AM, 4700 Lincoln Ave, Oakland (in front of Greek Orthodox Church on the sidewalk.)

The RHA represents apartment building owners. The organization supports Proposition 98 on the June 3 statewide ballot. Inside, apartment owners will be scheming to trick voters into passing the deceptive Proposition 98 which abolishes rent control and jeopardizes important renter protections. Even though Prop. 98 was written by landlords, for the sole financial benefit of landlords, the proponents of this measure are trying to trick voters into believing their initiative is all about eminent domain reform. Opponents of Prop. 98 will urge voters to read the fine print, warning voters "don't be deceived."

Dean Preston, Executive Director of Tenants Together and Co-Chair of the Coalition to Protect California Renters
Jim Forsyth, California Alliance for Retired Americans

Also in attendance: Elected officials, Just Cause Oakland, Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League, and other San Francisco tenants organizations

Visuals: Dozens of renters, elected officials, seniors, mobilehome park tenants and tenants' rights advocates picketing with signs, banners, in front of RHA convention. Sherlock Holmes will be roaming the crowd "investigating" the deceit and deception in Prop. 98. The group will also unveil a giant magnifying glass - a symbol to voters to "read the fine print" of Prop. 98 so voters are not deceived by the landlords' scheme.

BACKGROUND: Supporters of Prop. 98 deceptively claim they want to reform eminent domain, yet the funding trail shows that more than 85% of the campaign contributions to Yes on 98 came from apartment owner interests and mobile home park owners who want to end rent control so they can get rich while seniors, veterans, the disabled and low income Californians will be on the losing end.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 3:36PM
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