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textOakland ‘Closes the Loophole’ on Tenant Inequality by Posted by Lynda Carson
At a late-night session, on Tuesday June 4, 2019, the Oakland City Council by a unanimous 6-0 vote (1 excused; 1 recused), adopted an ordinance to “Eliminate [Rent Increase] Exemptions for Owner-Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes....
Posted: Wed Jun 5, 2019 2:51PM
textBerkeley's KPFA is a Private Radio Club by Doug Buckwald
KPFA used to operate like a true community radio station, but now it has devolved into little more than a private radio club for the same handful of paid program hosts who have occupied the airwaves for decades....
Posted: Sat May 25, 2019 3:45PM
textOakland Hotel Travelers Tenants Settle Wrongful Eviction Suit by Posted by Lynda Carson
Plaintiffs Peter Howe, Joshua Daniels, William Prather and Orlando Chavez (through his successor) have settled their lawsuit for tenant harassment and wrongful eviction against the owners and management of Oakland’s Hotel Travelers, including defendants Danny Haber, Dion Ross and Alon Gutman, for a total payment of $575,000!...
Posted: Tue May 14, 2019 9:37PM
textAmid Surprise Jail Closure Announcement, Calls for Alameda Sheriff Accountability Grow by Danny Thongsy
Oakland community members demand a financial and performance audit of the Sheriff’s office as budget shortfalls, civil lawsuits, and reports of substandard jail conditions continue to mount....
Posted: Fri May 3, 2019 11:05AM
textHUD moves to force undocumented immigrants from public housing by Lynda Carson
In an effort that pits public housing tenants against one another, reportedly last Wednesday evening on April 17, 2019, the Trump administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a new proposal to force undocumented immigrants from our nation’s public housing units!...
Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:35AM
textU.N. blames Blackstone Group for making housing crisis worse in U.S. by Lynda Carson
3093 Broadway in Oakland, is a 423 unit apartment complex that is unaffordable to low-income renters in Oakland that is being developed by City View and the Blackstone Group, and is scheduled for completion in 2019....
Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:48PM
textEBALDC is soon to go smoke free in its residential rental buildings by Lynda Carson
Regardless of the pros and cons of smoking, or not smoking in EBALDC’s residential buildings in Oakland. Or the threats of eviction that may come in the form of a change in the terms of a lease that bans smoking in one of EBALDC’s rental properties, renters in Oakland who are covered (protected) by Oakland’s Just Cause eviction protection ordinance can refuse to sign, and do not have to sign a new lease that materially changes the terms of their existing lease!...
Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:04PM
textStrike Debt Bay Area: We're Gonna Eliminate Millions in Medical Debt 4 Bay Area Residents! by JP Massar
A little bit can go a long way towards removing the burden of crippling medical debt......
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:30AM
textMajority stake owner of Peet’s Coffee & Tea admits to Nazi past by Lynda Carson
Are the good liberal and radical folks of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco spending their hard earned dollars at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, to buy their coffee and tea from a multi-billion dollar company that has past ties to the Nazis and Hitler, when they could be spending their money somewhere else that does not have past ties to the Nazis? Yes indeed, it appears that this may be the case!...
Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:09AM
textOakland Housing Authority Executive Director Eric Johnson Announces His Retirement Plan by Lynda Carson
In an email earlier today from Eric Johnson, the Executive Director of the Oakland Housing Authority, he announced his plan to retire after 11 years with the Oakland Housing Authority!...
Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:52PM
textCalifornia Apartment Association’s campaign contributions’ corrupting influence by Lynda Carson
Some say, that one way to fight back against the California Apartment Association (CAA) and the corrupting influence of the rental housing industry would be for renters throughout California to appear at the CAA’s Legislative Conference in Sacramento on May 29, between 9:00AM & 4:00PM, to protest against their activities. The CAA’s Legislative Conference in Sacramento is being held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, in the Grand Nave Ballroom!...
Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:42PM
textSB 529, a bill to protect renters during rent strikes by Lynda Carson
Just try to imagine how life may be for the renters of Oakland being oppressed by bad landlords and slumlords if they formed "tenant associations" in an effort to conduct “rent strikes" without fear of eviction!...
Posted: Thu Mar 7, 2019 7:01PM
textOakland students oppose sellout of teachers strike, plan to continue fight by Genevieve Leigh and Kayla Costa (WSWS Repost)
To defend public education, Oakland students are organizing to fight back against the union sellout of the recent teacher strike....
Posted: Wed Mar 6, 2019 10:43PM
textOakland, California school board passes devastating budget cut following union sellout by Evan Blake and Gabriel Black (WSWS Repost)
The entire experience of the strike demonstrates that the greatest obstacle to the unity of all teachers, parents and students are the unions themselves, which do not “represent” teachers but are the tools of the corporate and political establishment and its relentless drive to cash in from the destruction of public education....
Posted: Tue Mar 5, 2019 5:11AM
textUnion pushes contract in effort to shutdown Oakland teachers’ strike by Joseph Santolan (WSWS excerpt and link))
Vote “no” on sell-out agreement!...
Posted: Fri Mar 1, 2019 11:28PM
textOakland teachers continue strike as Kentucky teachers launch statewide sickout by Joseph Santolan (WSWS Repost)
The issues which teachers confront across the United States are shared ones. Hundreds of teachers, parents and students on Wednesday afternoon shut down an Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) board meeting! Teachers from San Francisco and Berkeley are initiating a wildcat sickout in support of Oakland teachers! Two of the largest school districts in Kentucky will close as a result of over 40 percent of their teachers reporting sick! Teachers in Oakland have formed a rank-and-file strik...
Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:27AM
textOakland teachers form rank-and-file strike committee by Ben McGrath (WSWS Repost)
To carry their struggle forward, Oakland teachers have announced the formation of a rank-and-file strike committee, independent of the pro-corporate unions and in opposition to all budget cuts, teacher layoffs, and school closures....
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:59AM
textFremont, California teachers stage sick-out by Jonathan Burleigh (WSWS Repost)
On Tuesday, February 19, teachers in Fremont, California, who have been working without a contract for the entire 2018-2019 academic year, staged a sick-out. The sick-out has been blacked out in the local media....
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:53AM
textUnions, Democrats rush to end strike by Joseph Santolan (WSWS Repost)
The OEA and CTA are preparing to sell out the Oakland teachers strike. To prevent this betrayal, teachers must form rank-and-file strike committees to take the conduct of the strike and negotiations out of the hands of the unions....
Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:35PM
textGrowing calls for nation-wide struggle by Joseph Santolan (WSWS Repost)
The attack on public education is part of the broader onslaught against the rights and living standards of the working class across the United States and around the world. It is this global attack that produced the series of teachers strikes across the United States. The only way in which the striking teachers can carry out their fight to defend public education is by forming rank-and-file committees independent of the union and building for a nationwide strike....
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:44PM