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textSkyrocketing rents reveal need for strong rent control protections by Lynda Carson
As recent as Monday October 24, 2016, it was reported by the Palo Alto Weekly that the owner of the Stanford Garden Apartments and his son were arrested for harassing the tenants at the rent controlled building at 1735 Woodland Avenue, in East Palo Alto, in an effort to frighten them out of their housing so they could raise the rents!...
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:44PM
textRenter protections on the ballot in November to look for by Lynda Carson
As recent as Thursday October 13, tenant activists around the Bay Area joined together outside the Hayward regional office of the California Apartment Association (CAA) to protest against the lies and deceit of the CAA being used to fight against renter protection ballot measures in the cities of Richmond, Alameda, San Mateo, Burlingame, and Mountain View. The activists also filed a complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Commission against the CAA!...
Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:01PM
textSenator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award by Joanna McWilliams
Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:33AM
textTenants & advocates rally for families and renter protections in Burlingame by Lynda Carson
Douglas N. Robertson is planning to evict and displace a minimum of 8 families from their longtime housing at 117 Anita Road before the voters of Burlingame can vote on renter protections in November, including just cause eviction protections and rent control!...
Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:45PM
textDo NOT Vote for David Canepa for San Mateo County Supervisor! by Peace Witch
Do NOT vote for David Canepa for San Mateo County supervisor!...
Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:46AM
textRenter 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
textBART Creates a New Way to Become a Criminal. The Vicious Crime of Seat Hogging. by JP Massar
In April, the BART Board passed a law making it illegal to occupy two seats during rush hour on a BART train. The law was not to take effect until the BART police presented their implementation strategy. At the most recent BART Board meeting the BART police presented how they intend to enforce the new law....
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:42PM
textSan Mateo may enact just cause eviction protections & emergency rent control by Lynda Carson
It is crucial for renters to appear early at the Monday, April 4th - 7:00pm meeting at the San Mateo City Hall, 330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo, so the Council Members can hear directly why this proposal is so important for the communities of San Mateo!...
Posted: Fri Apr 1, 2016 7:30PM
textBlatantly disregarding public will, Coastal Commission votes to fire executive director by via Surfrider Foundation
Morro Bay, CA, February 10 – Today, more than 1,000 concerned citizens, elected officials, former commissioners, staff members, and environmental and social justice advocates attended the Coastal Commission hearing in Morro Bay. Every single speaker emphasized the importance of the Commission’s independence, and urged the Commission to retain Executive Director Charles Lester, a trusted leader that has championed the public good over special interest. In a show of willful disregard for the wi...
Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:14PM
textFeds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE, January 25, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a five-year review of endangered southern resident killer whales, which are down to just 84 orcas, to assess whether they are properly protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Fisheries Service last year announced plans to expand existing critical habitat protections from the killer whales’ summer habitat in Puget Sound to include 9,000 square miles of their winter foraging habitat along the West Coast so...
Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:18PM
textPeninsula Tenants Urge your elected official to ENACT RENT CONTROL and TENANT PROTECTIONS by M Hennings
Tenants across California are begging elected officials for Tenant Protections and Rent Control. We've heard enough promises. It's time for action. Write your elected official NOW...
Posted: Thu Jan 7, 2016 1:14PM
textRegistrar of voters allegedly certified petition blocking Richmond’s renter protections by Lynda Carson
Now the CAA and it’s 13,000 members are targeting numerous council members and are meddling in the affairs of 4 other Northern California cities, in an effort to block renter protections from taking effect. Those cities include San Jose, Santa Rosa, Mountain View, and San Mateo. Additionally, renters in Healdsburg have also been pushing for renter protections in their city!...
Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:51PM
textOct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day by Joanna Nasar
Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard California Leatherback Sea Turtles from the Driftnet Fishery off California, Hawaiian Longline Fisheries & Gear Entanglements...
Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:49PM
textIndicted for bank fraud, property manager Scott Safadi blames owners for mass evictions by Lynda Carson
On behalf of the renters being displaced, Terry Nagel the Mayor of Burlingame, stated that she wants to have a meeting with Scott Safadi regarding the mass evictions occurring at 1111 Douglas Avenue. According to Jay H. Grossman a resident of 1111 Douglas Avenue, who is a former real estate broker, there is to be a meeting in front of the building at 1:00pm on Sunday, with Mayor Terry Nagel, who will try to mediate on behalf of the renters with Scott Safadi and the new owners. The plan is for...
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:15PM
textIndicted for bank fraud, landlord Scott Safadi is evicting many renters in Burlingame by Lynda Carson
A search of records with the Secretary of State for Scott Safadi Property Management, does not turn up any records, in addition to the search that did not turn up any records for a corporation named Cal Bay Property Management, owned by Scott Safadi in California!...
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:15PM
textIn 2015 over 700 families displaced by no-cause evictions in San Mateo by Lynda Carson
As reported in The Daily Journal for San Mateo: Rent increased $227 during the 4th quarter in the past year, leaping to $2,572 (according to Real Answers, a group compiling apartment data). “During the fourth quarter in San Mateo, studio apartments increased by an average of $193 from last year, to $1,762 per month, marking a 12.3 percent increase. One-bedroom apartments with one bathroom increased by 10.3 percent on average to $2,332 per month, up $218 from 2013. And two-bedroom, one-bathroo...
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:51PM
textNonprofit Quarterly brings national attention to Richmond & San Mateo rent battles by Lynda Carson
Presently, housing and tenant activists are urging everyone possible to appear at the September 21 Special Hearing in San Mateo, and to contact the San Mateo City Council to propose a humane solution to the eviction-for profit-system by passing a renter protection ordinance that includes rent control, and just cause eviction protections!...
Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:51PM
textSan Mateo needs rent control & just cause eviction protections by Lynda Carson
On September 21, a special hearing will be held by the council at San Mateo City Hall in an effort to discuss possible solutions to save affordable housing, including rent control, and just cause eviction protections that may be beneficial to renters, and honest landlords not involved in the eviction-for profit-system!...
Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:38AM
textIn bizarre perverse twist of fate, anti-tenant group CAA partners with United Way by Lynda Carson
In a bizarre perverse twist of fate, the anti-tenant organization California Apartment Association (CAA) an organization that has been attacking renter protections that assist community members from displacement and homelessness in Richmond, while attacking renter protection proposals in Santa Rosa and San Mateo in recent weeks, has entered into a partnership with the United Way to help out the homeless!...
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:12PM
textCAA pressures San Mateo to stall just cause renter protections by Lynda Carson
Councilman David Lim and other council members have been targeted by the CAA and CAA Tri-County for proposing a just cause eviction protection ordinance to keep families from being displaced by unfair and unjust no-cause evictions in San Mateo. This is known as the eviction-for profit-system!...
Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:08PM