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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 The Unending Story of the Achievers by Bruno Rossmann and Joerg Reitzig
All personal and state success depended on state investments in schools, roads, hospitals, community centers, airwaves, food safety, and water quality. The achievers' myth ignores this, Austrian researcher Bruno Rossmann explains. The neoliberal redefinition of justice from sharing and distribution justice to rewarding achievers helps justify exploding inequality and tax injustice. In the 1960s, John Kenneth Galbraith decried the public squalor alongside private opulence....
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:44AM
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
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
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
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
text Strong renter protections are needed in Oakland and other Bay Area cities by Lynda Carson
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!...
Posted: Mon Aug 8, 2016 1:55AM
text Preacher to Call SCPD Music Critics to Account? by Robert Norse
The Santa Cruz Urinal (also known as the Sentinel) published a front-page story yesterday. Donald Harman is suing the City government, SCPD Chief Vogel, and a variety of police underlings for selectively enforcing MC 9.36.020 and 9.40.010 repeatedly without legal justification. This follows a somewhat questionable victory, a few years ago, by an earlier street preacher. The City's repressive "Unreasonably Disturbing Noise" law has long been used to harass activists and musicians playing m...
Posted: Sun Aug 7, 2016 8:23AM
text Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Turn California Aquifer Into Dump for Oil Waste by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., August 3, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today sued California regulators for supporting a so-called “aquifer exemption” plan to turn underground water in the Price Canyon area of San Luis Obispo County into a permanent disposal site for oil wastewater and other fluids. There are at least 100 water supply wells for drinking water and crop irrigation within a mile of this aquifer....
Posted: Wed Aug 3, 2016 11:38PM
text Women Demand Dignity, Win Santa Rita Jail Policy Changes After Civil Disobedience Arrests by Plaintiffs & Yolanda Huang
Settlement of Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit against Santa Rita Jail on the treatment of Women In Custody...
Posted: Wed Aug 3, 2016 11:12PM
text Opposition To SB 503 Is Growing In The Bay Area by Lynda Carson
SB 503 is an insidious bill that people need to know about, because if it is passed into law it would strip people of their constitutional right to make end-of-life decisions, and it would make it difficult for people to keep from being chemically restrained by nursing homes, and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), according to California Advocates For Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)!...
Posted: Wed Aug 3, 2016 8:13PM
text UFW will ‘sound the alarm’ on suspected heat deaths of farm workers in Kern County area by via United Farm Workers
Bakersfield, Calif.—Amid reports of multiple suspected deaths of farm workers from the heat in and around Kern County, United Farm Workers leaders will “sound the alarm” on proactive steps all employers should immediately take to prevent fatalities and illness when temperatures hit triple digits. The UFW and UFW Foundation are actively investigating reports of as many as three recent fatalities involving farm workers in the Kern County region....
Posted: Tue Aug 2, 2016 11:49PM
text Are skilled nursing facilities serving their patients well in Oakland, and California? by Lynda Carson
Sometimes a skilled nursing facility (SNF) may be run by a for-profit corporation, and others may be run by a so-called nonprofit corporation. At some facilities in Oakland, if you did not have insurance it may cost as much as $271.00 or more a night just to sleep in a single room with 2 other room mates, and that does not include any services that will cost extra!...
Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:46AM
text Santa Cruz Sentinel Reporter Leaves Questionable Voicemail by Tannery Concerned
A phone call from a Santa Cruz Sentinel staff reporter left a sting and insulted a friend of the mother of Maddy Middleton this week. He left his name and intention and the phone message is included with more. This was the year anniversary of the tragedy that happened last year at Tannery....
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:09PM