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text Scott Sternberg of Beverly Hills is behind Richmond’s mass evictions by Lynda Carson
According to records with the Secretary of State in California, Scott Sternberg the owner of Creekview Condominiums, has a brokers license that has expired. Thats right. Scott Sternberg, has not had a valid real estate license in California since 8/3/1992, according to records. However, he is evicting people by the hundreds at Creekview Condominiums in Richmond, without a valid real estate license!...
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:45PM
calendar Freedom SleepOut #59 as RV Rights Struggle Continues by Keith McHenry (story by Norse)
City Hall sidewalk across from the Main Library as well as in the City Hall Courtyard. Food Not Bombs will serve vegan food along with literature and good cheer throughout the afternoon until early evening. The protest disperses on Wednesday morning around 8 or 9 after coffee....
Event Date: Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:00PM
Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:10AM
text Hacker houses are proliferating in the Bay Area by Lynda Carson
Some of the better known hacker houses have included Chez JJ in San Francisco, Startup Embassy in Palo Alto, Casa Hacker in San Jose, 939 Makers Club in Walnut Creek, Colliding Club (3 houses in San Francisco), and 20 Mission in San Francisco!...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:34PM
text Danny Haber and Alon Gutman target tenants with eviction and higher rents by Lynda Carson
Indeed. During 2015, in a report from 48Hills.org, it mentioned “The “Evictions Profiteers of the Year” award, which was given out to mock “Danny Haber” and “Alon Gutman,” for finding opportunity in the wake of a devastating Soma fire,” in San Francisco!...
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:06PM
text James Kilpatrick is sued by China Town tenants and Oakland City Attorney by Lynda Carson
According to public records, James Kilpatrick of 475 14th Street, Suite 700, in Oakland, has had problems in the past, and has a brokers license that was suspended in 2009, and in 2012....
Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:23AM
text Rent control is coming to Santa Rosa by Lynda carson
The renter protections, taking effect September 15, will require landlords to prove “cause” in court or before a political body every time they try to evict a resident or family, in an effort to displace them from the community!...
Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:23PM
image Grand Jury Releases Report on 2015 Jail Death of Krista DeLuca; Family Sues County 480_krista_deluca_1.jpg by Santa Cruz County News
In June, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its report on the death of 23-year-old mother Krista DeLuca, who died in the main jail on September 29, 2015. (see PDF file) Shortly after the release of the Grand Jury report, DeLuca's family filed a civil lawsuit against the County of Santa Cruz. (see PDF file) Besides the County, the lawsuit lists as defendants the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff-Coroner Jim Hart, Under-Sheriff Jeremy Verinsky, Chief Deputy Jeff March, Lieutenant Kelly Kent, and...
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:23PM
text HUD policies threaten poor, elderly, disabled, and low-income people with eviction by Lynda Carson
There are around 300,000 renters in California who receive Section 8 voucher rental assistance. As of March 2016, in Berkeley there are around 1,935 section 8 units. Richmond has around 1,851 section 8 units. San Francisco has around 9,238 section 8 units. Alameda has around 1,845 section 8 units, and Alameda County has around 6,312 section 8 units. Marin County has around 2,153 section 8 units, and Contra Costa County has around 6,887 section 8 housing units....
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:15PM
image Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment Continutes to Help Medical Marijuana Defendants in Federal Court 480_judge-o-scannlain_1.jpg by Americans for Safe Access
An opinion today (August 16, 2016) issued in the federal 9th Circuit by a three-judge panel has found that federal prosecutions of medical cannabis defendants may not proceed unless there is a violation of state law. In the opinion of U.S. vs. McIntosh, written by 9th Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, the court held that the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment prohibits the federal prosecution of conduct that is allowed by the state's medical cannabis law....
Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:12PM
image Sin Barras Issues Letter Concerning Medical Care at the Santa Cruz Jail sin_barras_santa_cruz.jpg by via Sin Barras
On August 12, the organization Sin Barras issued a letter that calls for the County Health Services Agency to resume responsibility for medical care in the Santa Cruz Jail....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:37PM
text Oakland landlords rip off renters with high rents in high crime areas by Lynda Carson
According a recent report from Zumper rents in Oakland are the fifth highest in the nation with one bedroom prices rising 11.6% on the year to $2,210 per month, and two bedrooms rising 13.8% on the year to $2,730 per month to rent!...
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:02PM
text Rent increases in least expensive apartments show need for rent control by Lynda Carson
Massive rent increases in the least expensive rental markets and apartments reveal why there is a real need for strong renter protections including real rent control, and just cause eviction protections to help stabilize families, and our communities!...
Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:57PM
text Is Matt Sridhar the owner of Bay View Apartments in Alameda a slumlord? by Lynda Carson
In addition to being involved in mass evictions that are displacing families from their housing at the Bay View Apartments in Alameda, people are also wondering if Matt Sridhar (aka Madhu Sridhar) who resides in a very fancy home in Saratoga on Deer Trail Ct., is a slumlord?...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:52PM
text An Open Letter to the Santa Cruz City Council by Steve Pleich
Time to Revisit RV Safe Spaces Program...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:09AM
text The MacArthur Tranist Village Developers -- Researching Boston Properties by The Occupy Research Insitute
The proposed MacArthur Transit Village is being worked through the approval process in Oakland. The structure, to be constructed adjacent to MacArthur BART, was the subject of an Oakland Design Review Committee meeting on August 10th. The transit village, which would become the tallest building in North Oakland, has drawn civic argument (both pro and con) regarding the height, environmental and aesthetic impacts, and the number of affordable housing units. While the building is the subject...
Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:53AM
document Unexpected Victory at Coastal Commission Overturning Nighttime RV Ban notes_for_a_coastal_commission_speech__final_flyer.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
The Coastal Commission today found by an 11-1 vote that the City's midnight to 5 PM RV ban involved a "substantial issue" and so would require a new hearing in the months to come. Unimpressed with Assistant City Manager Scott Collins's flimsy if not false claims that Santa Cruz provides RV alternatives, is dealing with an RV "crime crisis", and is only duplicating what other cities have done....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:08AM
text Renter protections are on the ballot for 6 cities in November by Lynda Carson
No matter how hard the landlords and the California Apartment Association are trying to stop the renters movement, tenant advocates across the Bay Area are urging renters to vote on strong renter protections during the upcoming November elections in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View. The activists are urging people to vote against any weak proposals placed on the ballot by the City Council in Alameda, and Mountain View!...
Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:54PM
calendar Sidewalk Struggle Continues: Freedom SleepOut #57 Tonight by Keith McHenry (post written by Norse)
Ye Olde City Halle Sidewalke along Center St. across from the main library between Locust and Church Actual duration time is longer: Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning...
Event Date: Tue Aug 9, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Tue Aug 9, 2016 4:30PM
image Fear and Loathing in Berkeley 480_img_0015_1.jpg by ntuit
There can be nothing but disgust for the current way of running things in Berkeley....
Posted: Mon Aug 8, 2016 10:51PM
calendar Say No to the Nighttime RV Ban at the Coastal Commission Hearing coastal_rv_fight_flier_really_final.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley 6001 La Madrona Dr. Staff advises that the item (#16e on the Agenda) may not be heard until 10 AM or later, but suggests people come at 9 AM "to be sure". They also warn that meetings may take until mid-afternoon or even evening. However 10-11 AM was the estimated (extremely approximate) time....
Event Date: Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:00AM
Posted: Mon Aug 8, 2016 9:26PM