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text Oakland tenants are drowning in high rents and facing eviction by the thousands by Lynda Carson
Eviction stories are all over the news wires lately, revealing that the majority of people being evicted from their housing all across the nation are women with children. According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, there is a shortage of 7.2 million affordable housing units across the nation.
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 7:16PM
text Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On by Robert Norse
Last chance to make a cry of outrage at the City Council'slaw to outlaw all handicraft vending in the downtown and wharf-beachfront areas. Follow-up by saying no to a cop-heavy budget (social services take up less than 3% of the budget compared to police & rangers (42%). Finally the Food-Not-Bombs supported Freedom Sleepers will resume their principled civil disobedience on the sidewalk and city hall courtyard that night for the 46th week.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:58PM
text Ed Lee's SF Sheriff Hennessey Goes After Tenant Activist Who Exposes Corruption By Soriano by repost
Ed Lee's SF Sheriff Hennessey Goes After Tenant Activist Who Exposes Corruption By Mohammed Soriano-Bilal Who Is Backed By London Breed
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 10:17PM
text Alameda Renters Coalition to deliver more than 8,000 signatures to City Hall on May 24 by Posted By Lynda Carson
Please join us at 2PM tomorrow at City Hall to celebrate the delivery of more than 8,000 pre-screened petition signatures for the ballot measure we have been promoting. We needed only 6,240 verified signatures; so we are confident we will qualify for the November ballot! Please come and join the celebration. We can all be enormously proud of our role in making this historic moment possible. Celebrate loudly. Then let’s get busy getting voters to the polls in November!
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 5:22PM
text Oakland CED Committee to Consider Protect Oakland Renters Act On Tuesday May 24 by Posted By Lynda Carson
On Tuesday, May 24th, at 1:30pm in the Sgt. Mark Dunakin Room – Hearing Room 1, the Oakland City Council Community and Economic Development Committee will hear a report on the Protect Oakland Renters Act Ballot Measure and give recommendation on the Ballot Measure.
Posted: Mon May 23, 2016 2:38PM
text EBRHA hires so-called hired gun to counter Oakland’s renters movement by Lynda Carson
The East Bay Rental Housing Association has hired Singer Associates to go after the Oakland renters movement because the landlords are concerned about all of the bad press they have been receiving due to so many people being evicted, including the massive rent increases displacing thousands from their housing! Singer Associates is owned by Sam Singer of Berkeley who is known as a so-called hired gun for corporations and Big Money!
Posted: Sat May 21, 2016 10:27PM
text Mike Rotkin Addresses ACLU Board Concerns About Bus Route Reduction by Steve Pleich
Increased Federal Funding and Gas Tax Will Help Balance the Transit System Budget
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:07PM
text New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, May 20th, 2016 — A report commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom (see PDF) recommends reducing “the extensive and unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture” in order to curb the global spread of infections. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance released its final report this week, calling for quick movement to ban or restrict the use of antibiotics in animals that are vital for human health, among other measures.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:37PM
text The Language of Neoliberalism by Sebastian Friedrich
Knowledge enables people to interpret reality. Metaphors and pictures give things a new meaning and can change reality when people act accordingly. Capital isn't so frightened and isn't the same as a deer. Different forms of capital must be distinguished. The financial crisis is compared to a thunderstorm that is not man-made. The term "sleek state" implied in the demand for "more market and less state" is physical or bodily. Costs for the population rise parallel to the trimming of the s...
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 5:58AM
text California Announces Plan to Allow Oil Industry to Pollute More Underground Water by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12, 2016 — California oil regulators today proposed exempting another underground water source from protection under state and federal laws. If approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the proposed “aquifer exemption” would allow the oil industry to inject waste fluid into the Round Mountain aquifer in Kern County.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:31PM
text Stupid Bowl 50 Police State Cost Taxpayers $11.6 Million for 0 Benefit by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
On May 9, 2016, the San Francisco Controller’s Office issued a report itemizing how the San Francisco Democratic Party spent $11.6 million of our tax dollars on the 4 block Stupid Bowl 50 ...
Posted: Wed May 11, 2016 8:43AM
text The Class Nature of the “Density Bonus” by Steve Martinot
The state of California's law granting what it calls a "density bonus" to developers does three things. It allows corporations to disregard zoning regulations in cities, thus suppressing local democratic decisions about neighborhoods. It fosters market rate housing while pretending to require the inclusion of affordable housing, which it does minimally on a class basis. And it discriminates against low income families.
Posted: Tue May 10, 2016 12:07PM
text Lawsuit Filed Against Google In Superior Court. Plaintiffs Seek To Hire Jury Presentation by Google Rights Group
Lawsuit Filed Against Google In Superior Court. Plaintiffs Seek To Hire Jury Presentation
Posted: Fri May 6, 2016 2:06PM
text California Apartment Association bill targeting medical marijuana users passes in Assembly by Lynda Carson
Earlier today on Thursday May 5, AB 2300 was approved by the state Assembly on a vote of 74-0, and heads to the state Senate for consideration next.
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 8:42PM
text EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore., May 2, 2016 — An EPA analysis relying heavily on unpublished, industry funded studies has determined that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The EPA determination, released to the public on Friday, stands in sharp contrast to a finding last year by the World Health Organization’s cancer-research arm that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 3:08PM
text Chernobyl + 30 by Michael Steinbertg
Thirty Years after the nuclear cataclysm at Chernobyl, the disaster continues.
Posted: Mon May 2, 2016 3:52PM
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
text Eminent Domain for the Gardeners by Steve Pleich
Progressive Council Could Support Civil Action
Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:05AM
text Nepal Struggles to Rebuild One Year After Massive Earthquake by Greg
Nepal faces significant humanitarian challenges one year after its devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:07PM
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