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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
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 Puerto Rico's Humanitarian Crisis Deepens as Congress Debates Legislation by Greg
As Congress debates legislative solutions for Puerto Rico's financial crisis, new reports indicate that the island's child poverty rate is worse than previously feared and that migration is increasing.
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:23AM
text The Steep Cost of Tax Dodging by Jasmine Tucker
Supports to a bridge crumble in Iowa City, Iowa, in a photo taken on September 15, 2014. The long-deteriorating infrastructure of the United States is repaired and maintained with tax funds, much of which are currently being withheld in offshore accounts by large corporations long-overdue in paying their share.
Posted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 6:52AM
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 San José is in a housing crisis and needs your help!!! by Lynda Carson
On April 19, San Jose City Council will VOTE on changes to the current San Jose Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO). This vote comes after more than a year of renters and community groups calling for meaningful protections to renters (See the Silicon Valley Renters' Rights Coalition position HERE) that has resulted in a research study, preliminary recommendations and community input. You can help by sending emails to the Mayor & City Councilmembers in support of strong renter protections!!!
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:33AM
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
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
text Another man killed by Sacramento Police by S.T. Ruiz
Despite any offense the deceased man may have committed, this case fits the pattern of increasingly militarized cops escalating the use of violence when other means are available. This incident is another reflection of a racist system that alienates people of color by using violence to deal with them instead of trying to deescalate the situation.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:02AM
text The Financial Market Crisis in the Light of the Social Market Economy by Jorge Althammer
The global financial market crisis had its beginning in the crisis of the American mortgage market, the sub-prime crisis, In 2007 and 2008 the US housing market almost completely collapsed. The crisis was brought about by a combination of state- and market failures. The failure of the capital markets was a result of extensive deregulation. The principle of liability was violated. Failure risks were passed on without making transparent the actual risk of a security for the buyer. The rating a...
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:16AM
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
text USDA Proposes Organic Animal Welfare Regulations by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, April 7th, 2016 — Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule that would hold organic livestock producers to a high standard of care for rearing food animals. Animal welfare and public health advocates say the move is a good first step toward ensuring that USDA certified organic meat and poultry products live up to the integrity and the intention of the national organic standards.
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 6:08PM
text The Relative Merits of a Task Force on Homelessness by Steve Pleich
Scope, Composition and Duration Are Keys To Success
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 12:57PM
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
text AWI Statement on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations for the Certified Organic Label by via Animal Welfare Institute
April 7, 2016 - The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for proposing requirements for the welfare of animals raised under the Certified Organic label. AWI generally supports the proposed regulations, which are based on the recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory body to the USDA’s organic program.
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:40PM
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