Tag Archives: housing

Oakland, CA.

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 [...]
Dozens gathered at Lake Merritt to distribute window signs and to talk to community members about voting Yes on Measure JJ. 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 [...]
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 [...]