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text Proposed budget cuts threaten millions of HUD subsidized low-income renters by Lynda Carson
In the Bay Area according to HUD, the Oakland Housing Authority has 13,422 federally subsidized housing units in it’s section 8 inventory, and 2,122 units in it’s low rent inventory, formerly known as public housing units....
Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:14PM
text Another victory for Richmond rent control against the California Apartment Association by Lynda Carson
In a quote from Richmond Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, she said, “I’m delighted that the Judge ruled against the CAA's motion for a preliminary injunction. This is another victory for the voters of Richmond who passed Measure L with a 2/3 vote, understanding the importance of protecting Richmond tenants and stabilizing our neighborhoods with this sound, constitutional ordinance.”...
Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:55PM
text A Public Bank for Oakland: An Idea Whose Time is Coming. by JP Massar
Public banks are financial institutions owned by the people through their representative governments at city, county or state levels. Public banks differ from private banks in that they are mandated to serve the public interest....
Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:52AM
text San Francisco, Sanctuary City, Closes McCoppin Hub by San Francisco Food Not Bombs
An update on the now closed McCoppin Hub in San Francisco....
Posted: Thu Feb 9, 2017 6:36PM
text The Cruelty of Medical Debt. by Emily Wheeler
Massive medical debt is still with us and about to get much worse. It's time to end the insanity....
Posted: Tue Feb 7, 2017 5:09PM
text People's Park Development Plan Headed to Regents For Approval by People's Park Defense
Despite continued public support for the preservation of People's Park, the administration of UC Berkeley will be submitting a development plan for the Park during the March meeting of the UC Regents. Most of the Park will be converted into housing. A sliver of open space will remain as a Memorial to Free Speech, as if to suggest the Free Speech is dead. The UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor told a Daily Cal reporter, “The next steps are being started. We’ll move as quickly as we can.” Along wi...
Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:39AM
text Thousands evicted in Oakland during 2016 by Lynda Carson
According to the New York Times, Oakland’s median rent during December 2016, is among the highest in the nation, just short of the median rent in Manhattan!...
Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:28PM
text Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto's Toxic Pesticides by Center for Biological Diversity
Illegal Approval of Dicamba Use on Engineered Crops Will Harm Farmers, Environment...
Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:53PM
text The Descent Society by Oliver Nachtwey
A society of social descent, precariousness and polarization has emerged out of the society of ascent and social integration. For a long while, the pillars of social integration have been eroding below the surface of the seemingly stable society. The modern age continues developing but backward. The social state was the institutional form of the counter-movement and is a de-commodifying institution since it socializes risks....
Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:43AM
text Lighthouse Bank Vice Chairman Involved In Assault On Richmond & Mountain View Voters by Lynda Carson
According to Lighthouse Bank, the bank was founded in October 2007 by approximately 350 local residents, professionals and small business owners. During 2014, Stephen D. Pahl had 91,768 shares of Lighthouse Bank common stock, presently worth around $16.00 per share according to the Wall Street Journal!...
Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:24AM
text Post Office Uses Leaf Blowers to Harrass Homeless at 6AM by Free Speech Matters
In the dark of 6AM no less than three contractors use leaf blowers to "clean" the area in front of the Post Office....
Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:46AM
text CAA and Pahl & McCay retaliate against voters for approving rent control in Richmond by Lynda Carson
As part of their on-going notorious efforts to meddle in the affairs of Richmond, the California Apartment Association (CAA) continues with it’s brutal campaign to deny renters their rights under local, state and federal law, as the pro-landlord organization ignores the will of the people!...
Posted: Mon Jan 9, 2017 9:06PM
text Judge denies TRO against Measure L - renter protections in Richmond by Lynda Carson
In a huge victory for the voters and renters of Richmond, earlier today Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Judith S. Craddick rejected a temporary restraining order (TRO), sought by the California Apartment Association (CAA) to block rent control and just cause eviction protections that were passed by the voters on November 8, 2016!...
Posted: Fri Jan 6, 2017 8:13PM
text Richmond rent control under attack again by the California Apartment Association by Lynda Carson
The notorious California Apartment Association (CAA) is planning to file a temporary restraining order against the City of Richmond with the Contra Costa County Superior Court regarding Richmond’s Measure L, rent control and just cause eviction protections!...
Posted: Thu Jan 5, 2017 5:30PM
text ‘First They Came For The Homeless’ – Why Are We Here? A Berkeley Homelessness FAQ by First They Came for the Homeless
WHAT IS 'FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE HOMELESS' ? First They Came for the Homeless (FTCftH) is a group of unhoused people who have organized ourselves on the streets of Berkeley both for mutual support and to promote a political message regarding homelessness, homeless people, income inequality and the privatization of the commons in the United States....
Posted: Mon Jan 2, 2017 8:47AM
text KPFA General Manager McCoy Pushes The "Fake News" Line Despite Protests From Listeners by repost
KPFA General Manager McCoy is pushing the "fake news line" despite protests from listeners that this is the line being used by corporate media to cover up their own lies....
Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:02PM
text Disgraced former HUD Secretary vouches for Ben Carson to run HUD by Lynda Carson
In the Bay Area, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Oakland Housing Authority has 13,422 federally subsidized housing units in it’s section 8 inventory, and 2,122 units in it’s low rent inventory, formerly known as public housing units!...
Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:32PM
text San Francisco X Mess Warehouse Eviction Resistance by Michael Steinberg
Residents of a San Francisco warehouse that they fixed up themselves and have been paying rent to live in for years are resisting efforts by city officials and real estate speculator interests to evict them in this "season of sharing."...
Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:02PM
text The Generations Manifesto by www.openculture.com
Neoliberalism turns the world upside down so egoism, avarice, enrichment and ruthlessness become virtues and solidarity, sharing and the social state become pre-modern threats to the right to absolute free property. Adjusting to the market is stylized as a survival necessity as the super-rich steal away from taxes and financing social necessities - as if all personal and corporate achievement did not depend on social spending....
Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:34AM
text How Berkeley Struck Out - An Apocalyptic Tale That Doesn't Have to Be. by JP Massar
Yesterday, 12/19/16, at 5:00 PM, the First They Came for the Homeless encampment at Oregon & Adeline (across from Berkeley Bowl) in Berkeley was given notice of cause for eviction (for the 12th time, all from different locations they have taken up). They have been at this location a couple of weeks now. As of this morning, no raid had taken place....
Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:13AM