Tag Archives: James Vann

Students urge the City Council in July to place the renter protection measure onto the November ballot. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Small Property Owners, Tenants Disapprove of Rent Control Changes

Both small property owners and tenants spoke out against Oakland city staff’s proposals for changes to the city’s rent laws on Tuesday night, which City Council unanimously supported during their first of two votes. &
L to R: Pastor Ken Chambers speaks while Post publisher Paul Cobb, Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Noel Gallo, and Bishop Bob Jackson sit as panelists at the Jan. 4 community forum on safe and affordable housing. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland Community Forum Hears Solutions for Affordable Housing, Renter Protection Bishop Bob Jackson keynotes packed City Hall forum seeking solutions for affordable housing

Community members packed Oakland City Hall chambers Wednesday evening for a forum led by a panel of community leaders to discuss can be done to stop the tidal wave of displacement that is pushing long [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Housing activists say a prayer before City Council considers passing the affordable housing impact fees. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Oakland’s New Developer Fees are “Too Low and Too Slow,” Say Housing Activists Affordable housing funds can now go to households earning $110,000 a year

Oakland will finally start charging developers impact fees that will go towards building affordable housing after City Council voted 7-1 to pass an ordinance that several other Bay Area cities have had in place for [...]
Photo courtesy of the Oakland Justice Coalition.

Disappointed by Council Members, Housing Activists Organize to Put Rent Protection on Ballot

The City Council’s Rules and Legislation Committee voted last week to delay a decision that could have put one of the most important rent protection initiatives directly onto the November ballot, bypassing the need to [...]