Tag Archives: housing

Op-Ed: A Call to Overhaul Oakland’s Planning Department

By Pamela Drake   A diverse coalition of Oakland residents, artists and small business people has been demanding a change in the way the city Planning Department does business with developers whose giant projects severely [...]
Oakland homeless encampment. Photo courtesy of East Bay Express.

Oakland Infrastructure Bond Delayed to Include Housing for the Homeless

The City Council was set Tuesday night to pass what seemed to be an uncontroversial law to enact the Measure KK Affordable Housing and Infrastructure Bond, which was approved by voters last week.
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SF City Attorney Sues Developer, Fails to Tell Home Buyers That Millennium Tower Was Sinking

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today has filed a lawsuit against the developer of the high-rise, residential Millennium Tower, alleging that the developer knew the 58-story building was sinking further and faster than expected but did [...]
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Report: Rise in Housing Costs Leads to Poorer Health in Bay Area Increased housing costs cause higher rates of asthma, hypertension in affected communities

Harmful effects of displacement and rising housing costs are not limited to physical displacement. According to a recent survey by Alameda County health workers, serious negative health impacts have resulted from the Bay Area’s housing [...]
Rebecca Kaplan (left) and Roseann Torres.

Oakland Voters Hit with Fake Polls and Negative Campaigning Negative political polls aim at Rebecca Kaplan, Renter Protection, School Boardmember Roseann Torres

In the past week Oakland residents have been receiving an anonymous voter survey attacking Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and falsely claiming that one of her opponents for the at-large city council seat—Peggy Moore— has the endorsements [...]
Photo courtesy of the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters.

“Yes on Measure JJ” Campaign Kicks Off to Protect Oakland Renters

The “Yes on Measure JJ” campaign kicked off last Saturday at Lake Merritt, as dozens of community members and local leaders gathered to show their commitment to making sure renter protection passes in Oakland this [...]
Liliana Villalpado (left) and her family were sharing a two-bedroom home with another family of four before they found out that their landlord had skipped town and the house had been foreclosed on in 2014.

Two SF Families Being Evicted After Landlord Skips Town

Ten tenants living in a home in San Francisco’s Excelsior district are facing eviction and possible life on the streets after their landlord skipped town without telling them that her home had been foreclosed on [...]
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 [...]