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image Oakland Privacy Working Group Wins Round One vs BART Spying 480_macarthur-bart_sci-arc_alumni_lowney_1.jpg original image (1500x836) by Labor Solidarity Committee
On Thursday, April 28th, 2016, The BART Board of Directors stopped, at least temporarily, the BART Police plan to install Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) at MacArthur BART – a pilot program to surveil all those entering and exiting the parking group.
Posted: Mon May 2, 2016 8:58PM
calendar Signature Gathering for more Oakland renter protections by Posted by Lynda Carson
CJJC office @ 3268 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 94608
Event Date: Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:30AM
Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:58PM
text California Apartment Association targets medical marijuana users by Lynda Carson
The California Apartment Association has sponsored a bill (AB 2300) that allows landlords to prohibit renters from smoking medical marijuana in their apartments, that advanced yesterday from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Jim Wood (D- Healdsburg) is author of AB 2300.
Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:18PM
image Mayor Schaaf’s “Plantation-Style” Approach Leaves Oakland Community No Seat at the Table 480_schaaf-mug_1.jpg original image (600x600) by Oakland Post Staff
The Oakland post holds regular Salons at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle at 410 14th Street. The Post Salon on April 24 featured Congresswoman Barbara Lee and former San Quentin inmate Troy Williams. Topics included overcoming barriers for the formerly incarcerated to vote and find jobs, as well as the housing moratorium, a local voter registration drive, and the crisis of jobs and job training programs in Oakland
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:15PM
image Farm defenders occupy the Gill Tract again to halt construction indefinitely 480_otf_earth_day_1_1_1.jpg original image (2048x1154) by Occupy the Farm
Albany, CA—Celebrating Earth Day and the 4th year anniversary of the first occupation, about 30 farm defenders occupied two acres on the south side of the Gill Tract and vow to stay on the land to halt construction indefinitely. The group is making three demands: 1)STOP THE DEVELOPMENT, 2)PRESERVE THE LAND FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, 3) CREATE A COMMUNITY PROCESS FOR DESIGN & STEWARDSHIP OF GILL TRACT.
Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:15PM
text For-profit affordable housing developers target the Bay Area by Lynda Ccarson
It is of great concern to some that out of the 50 largest so-called affordable housing developers across the nation that only 7 of them are so-called nonprofit corporations, because the for-profit corporations are generally placing higher income renters in their so-called affordable housing projects!
Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:11PM
text Oakland double-crosses tenant and affordable housing activists by Lynda Carson
In a vote of 7 to 1, the council passed a motion that allows $2.4 million from the affordable housing trust fund to be divided into four different pots of money. The money may be used differently from the original intended use of building so-called affordable housing units for low-income, and very low-income renters!
Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 2:17AM
text Oakland proposal to redefine affordable housing harms the poor by Lynda Carson
Redefining the definition of affordable housing, and transferring $800,000 in funds from the affordable housing trust fund to middle class income earners making as much as $110,350 a year, is an obscene way to ignore the fact that Oakland is in the midst of a housing crisis!
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:49PM
text Statement from First They Came for the Homeless on the Berkeley Post Office Eviction by Mike Zint
A Statement from First They Came for the Homeless on the Berkeley Post Office Eviction
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:07PM
image A young man's housing battle against Landlords in a growing Bay Area housing crisis 120_forced_landlord_evictions.jpeg original image (670x496) by Katalina Mendoza
This story highlights the increasing terror that is being utilized to remove long term residents, or below market rate tenants from their homes. The drive for profits are creating traumas that have larger implications in the health and well being of society as a whole. In a time of societal break down, this may be an indication of the down fall of the United States of America, as there are many similar parallels to the Roman Empire. Great populist movements are sprouting up across the US to c...
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:19AM
text GOP attack on Lifeline budget will hurt Oakland’s poor & millions more by Lynda Carson
The Republicans are scheming to cut off phone service to millions of the poor, elderly, and disabled by attacking the Universal Lifeline Program with H.R.4884.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:48PM
image What Housing Moratorium Means for Oakland’s Tenants and Landlords 120_housingemergency-oaklandpost-sjk_1090-620x414.jpg original image (620x414) by Oakland Post
The Housing State of Emergency adopted at the Oakland City Council’s Tuesday meeting went into effect immediately upon its passage.
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:53PM
text EVICTED! First They Came for the Homeless Forcefully Removed from Berkeley Post Office. by JP Massar & Mike Wilson
At 5:00AM this morning, US Postal Police and Inspectors, with support from the Berkeley Police Dept., arrived at the Main Berkeley Post Office, 2000 Alston Way, and literally dragged protesters out of their tents, seized all their belongings, and tore down the information tent, the shelter for our 17-month occupation.
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:49PM
calendar Berkeley Fight for $15 Victory Celebration! by Steve Gilbert
Berkeley City Hall Steps 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
Event Date: Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:00PM
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 1:48PM
text Denying renters housing due to a criminal record may be illegal by Lynda Carson
According to HUD, as many as 100 million U.S. adults, or around one-third of the population have a criminal record of some sort that makes it difficult for many formerly incarcerated individuals to secure housing, including public and other federally-subsidized housing because of their criminal record.
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 11:09PM
image Dirks Erection Project on UC Berkeley campus today 4/7/16 120_img_0984.jpg original image (3264x2448) by Hank Chapot
This sign and installation was put up on the UC Berkeley campus today, calling out the current Chancellor for his handling of serious issues at UC in a rather clever fashion. It was taken away rather quickly but I got these pics... gold-plated!
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 5:59PM
text Oakland City Council approves 90 day moratorium on rent increases by Lynda Carson
Due to the housing crisis, Oakland renters are facing a bit less than 1,000 evictions per month. There are around 11,150 eviction termination notices on file with the Rent Stabilization Board from January 1, 2015 through March 2016. Additionally, there were around 10,910 evictions filed in 2013 in Oakland, and around 13,000 or more evictions filed in 2014.
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 3:40AM
image Vulture Capitalist Randall Smith's Hedgefund Alden Global Capital Shuts Oak Tribune 120_cwa_media_workers_news_matters_.jpg original image (640x480) by Labor Video Project
Vulture Capitalist Randall Smith's Hedgefund Alden Global Capital/Digital First Media/East Bay News shut down the 142 Year Old Oakland Tribune on April 4. Newsguild CWA members protested and spoke out against the layoffs and also the attack on community news and information by these "greed heads".
Posted: Tue Apr 5, 2016 10:42AM
text Oakland’s brutal eviction for profit system must end by Lynda Carson
After seeking a clarification from the City of Oakland, today I was advised that there are about 11,050 eviction termination notices on file with the Rent Stabilization Board from January 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016 and about 100 additional notices were filed for March 2016. My apologies for any misunderstanding.
Posted: Mon Apr 4, 2016 9:53PM
text Alameda County Residents to Urge Planning Commission to Support Fracking Ban Ordinance by Center for Biological Diversity
HAYWARD, Calif., April 4, 2016 — Members of Alameda County Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch and the Center for Biological Diversity will attend a county planning commission meeting tonight to urge commissioners to support an ordinance that would ban fracking and other extreme oil and gas extraction techniques.
Posted: Mon Apr 4, 2016 3:20PM