Tag Archives: gentrification

Sandré Swanson

Senate Candidate Swanson Looks at Negative Impact of Costa-Hawkins Act

Former Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, who is running for State Senate District 9, is examining the way state laws undermine the availability of affordable housing in the East Bay as he campaigns to become an elected [...]
Renderings of Uber's headquarters in downtown Oakland by Steelblue.

Open Letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Dear Mr. Kalanick,   When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Jan. 12, he said, “Today, technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line, but any job where work can [...]
Local leaders met last week to discuss efforts to pressure Uber to step up to fulfill its social responsibility to the Oakland community. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Oakland Must Stop Giving Uber a Free Ride, Say Community Groups

A number of local leaders and nonprofit organizations in Oakland are kicking off a public discussion about how to “pull Uber over to the side of the road” – to demand that the global corporation [...]
Lailan Huen of the Block by Block Organizing Network
said the Chinatown Coalition needs more time to negotiate community benefits with developers. Photo by Sydney Johnson.

Oakland Chinatown Residents Demand Community Benefits from Market Rate Housing Development The Oakland Planning Commission delayed its decision, saying the community and developers need more time to negotiate

Oakland Chinatown affordable housing advocates achieved a short reprieve Wednesday when the Planning Commission voted for a two-week delay on the approval of a 416-unit development project known as W12.
Sinorti Iris Stegman (right), a college student and intern at the Dellums Institute for Social Justice whose family was once homeless in Oakland, urges the City Council on Tuesday to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Renter Protection Going to Oakland Voters in November “This is a fight for the soul of Oakland,” say housing advocates, gearing up for a voter registration drive

In an historic win for tenants’ rights advocates and Oakland’s most vulnerable residents, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday morning after seven hours to place the strongest renter protection initiative that the city has [...]
Housing activists occupied City Hall during a rally for rent control in June. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Activists Kick Off Campaign to Recall Mayor Libby Schaaf

Activists kicked off a campaign this week to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf, criticizing the mayor for an explosive series of scandals in the police department and concerns over her lack of willingness to counter the [...]
“The City Council needs to put this measure on the ballot (and not change it), and let the people decide,” said Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, one of the speakers at a press conference Thursday calling on the council to vote next week for the Protect Oakland Renters Act. Speaking for the measure at the press conference were Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland City Council Will Vote Tuesday on Renter Protection, Police Commission Ballot Measures Rebecca Kaplan’s proposal would protect Oakland renters immediately if approved by voters in November

The Tuesday, July 19 Oakland City Council meeting is one of the last chances for council members to place progressive measures on the November ballot.   The council is scheduled to decide whether to place [...]
Councilmembers Abel Guillén (right) and Noel Gallo opposed each other on selling the E12th St. public parcel to private developers. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Sells E12th St. Land Despite Neighbors’ Pleas There is no guarantee that affordable housing will remain in the project

In a last-minute change to the city’s decision to lease the controversial, publically-owned East 12th St. parcel by Lake Merritt to a private developer, the City Council voted on Tuesday instead to sell the land [...]
James Vann

Op-Ed: Housing Moratorium Ends, Council Must Approve Kaplan’s Renter Protection Proposal

By James Vann   After weeks of testimony at City Council meetings of exorbitant rent increases, cruel evictions, and neighborhood disrupting displacement, on April 5, with over 600 residents crowding City Hall, Oakland’s City Council [...]
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to reform Costa-Hawkins in 2013. He owns an Oakland property that went up for sale this year at $2,595,000. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Oakland Calls for Repeal of State Law Restricting Renter Protections Costa-Hawkins law prohibits rent protections for housing built after 1983

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to support a resolution urging state lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown to repeal or modernize the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prohibits rent protections for housing built [...]