Pretty much everyone in Oakland recognizes that commercial and residential rents are running out of control, and longtime residents are being forced out of the city at alarming rates.
There may be a small window of opportunity for community members and elected officials to take immediate and forceful action to keep the city from becoming a pricey bedroom community of San Francisco.
So far, the Oakland City Council has taken some small steps, but no Council member has introduced a state of emergency to stop rent increases and evictions which the smaller City of Alameda has already adopted.
The council has also been unwilling thus far to back rent control that would protect the homes of the 60 percent of city residents who are renters.
And the council has not been willing to back the principle that public land should be reserved for public use.
Many residents are calling for immediate implementation of a simple set of steps to protect their ability to stay in Oakland. Speakers at this month’s Post Salon will propose such steps, seek input and urge adoption by individuals and organizations.
Speakers will include:
James Vann of the Oakland Tenants Union, a long time housing rights activist who is working to put rent control on the November ballot;
Tia Hicks and Brytanee Brown of the East 12th Street Coalition, which successfully opposed the city’s proposed sale of public land at Lake Merritt to build a luxury apartment building;
Robert Maurice Arnold, J.D. is a strategic management consultant with over 20 years of experience in financial planning and business development. He will discuss the use of the Land Trust to create affordable housing that is protected from skyrocketing rent increases.
The Post Salon will be held Sunday, Jan. 24, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th St. in downtown Oakland. For information call the Post News Group at (510) 287-8200.