Tag Archives: housing

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 [...]
Rebecca Kaplan (left) and Lynette Gibson McElhaney.

Oakland Community Backs Kaplan’s Renter Protection Proposal McElhaney’s version delays tenant protections for one to two years, says Kaplan

    The City Council is poised to place a renter protection measure on the November ballot, but housing advocates and community members are unsure what the measure will look like and if it is [...]
Cortney Glenn (in yellow) and Paula Beal (to her right), backed by community members,
speak to Mayor Schaaf’s Chief of Staff Tomiquia Moss at the front desk of the mayor’s office on Thursday. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Evicted Family Tells Oakland Mayor Schaaf: “Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures”

Family members, along with their children and supporters, packed into the lobby of the office of Mayor Libby Schaaf in City Hall Thursday afternoon, demanding that the mayor take steps to provide emergency relief for [...]
Photo by Tulio Ospina.

How to Protect Oakland Renters After Emergency Housing Moratorium Ends on July 5

Oakland has operated under a housing state of emergency for the past two months. This ordinance has stopped hundreds and perhaps thousands of Oakland renters from having their rent raised above 1.7 percent (per year) [...]
Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Considers Adopting Its First Public Lands Policy The policy could lead to more affordable housing developments on city-owned land

Oakland City Councilmembers began a discussion at Tuesday’s Community and Economic Development Committee meeting that could ultimately lead to adopting a policy that would govern how to utilize over 1,000 parcels of publically-owned land.