Alamedans will vote on landlord-backed rent measure in 2018

A petitioner on Park Street in Alameda lastJuly seeking a signature for a landlords-backed ballot measure.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILOver the past 18 months, Alameda has seen a number of rent-related ballot measures come and go. Some, like two competing rent control measure last November actually made the ballot, while other proposals have fizzled early or failed … Continue reading Alamedans will vote on landlord-backed rent measure in 2018

In a surprise, Alameda repeals its just cause ordinance at the behest of local renters group

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILOver the past month, members of the Alameda Renters Coalition had been toying with a counterintuitive proposal. Instead of fighting a costly election campaign sometime next year to oppose a referendum offered by Alameda landlords to roll back just cause protections for renters that was approved in May, maybe it was time to … Continue reading In a surprise, Alameda repeals its just cause ordinance at the behest of local renters group

Alameda landlords file charter amendment petition, possible second ballot measure

Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie at apro-renters rally at City Hall on June 16.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILOver the past weeks, as a wave of unruly signature-gatherers from outside of Alameda have been pushing a landlord-backed petition to roll back just cause protections for renters, another petition seeking a possible second ballot measure may soon be hitting the … Continue reading Alameda landlords file charter amendment petition, possible second ballot measure

‘The time for Just Cause is now’: Alameda is poised to enact stronger tenant protections

Alameda renters rallying last fall for greatertenant protections.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILDuring a Alameda City Council meeting in April, island renters thought they were nearing approval for one of their top objectives over the past two years, enacting Just Cause eviction protections for tenants in Alameda. It didn't happen after Councilmember Jim Oddie, believed to be on … Continue reading ‘The time for Just Cause is now’: Alameda is poised to enact stronger tenant protections

‘Just Cause’ eviction protections back on the table in Alameda

Various tenants' groups rally for changes toAlameda's rent ordinance at City Halllast Tuesday.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILJust over 48 hours since failing to gain a majority vote in favor of prohibiting Alameda landlords from evicting tenants without cause, a consensus on the Alameda City Council formed Friday evening that directs city staff to form the framework of … Continue reading ‘Just Cause’ eviction protections back on the table in Alameda

No cause evictions nearly banned by Alameda City Council

Alameda renters groups at a rally before Tuesdaynight's City Council meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda’s new progressive city council majority fell a vote short early Wednesday morning of banning evictions without cause, an issue hotly-debated by island voters during last fall’s election.Tuesday night’s agenda featured the first annual review of Alameda’s rent stabilization ordinance passed by the … Continue reading No cause evictions nearly banned by Alameda City Council

As Alameda revisits its rent ordinance, advocates on both sides want changes

Tenants at the Bay View Apartments on 470 Central Avenue in November 2015.ALAMEDAFor  tenant advocates, the turmoil at Alameda’s Bay View Apartments symbolizes the plight of renters on the island. This week, families at the property known colloquially as 470 Central Avenue celebrated a victory over the San Jose-based landlord who had once previously attempted to … Continue reading As Alameda revisits its rent ordinance, advocates on both sides want changes

2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

JANUARY>>>During a frigid Alameda City Council meeting that lasted until 4 a.m., struggling renters win an extension for a moratorium on rent increases that will lead the way to an ordinance approved in March.“If the NRA wants guns to be easily stolen, then they don't care about safety--just about selling more guns--even if people die.”-Oakland … Continue reading 2016 EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW, PART 1 – Primary races begin to heat up; Ray McDonald fiasco blows up in Hayward; rents continue to rise

Moratorium on holiday evictions in Alameda is unlikely

Alameda renters urge for a moratorium on evictionsbefore the Nov. 22 council meeting at City Hall.PHOTO/Zac GoldsteinALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |A push by an Alameda renters group urging for a moratorium on evictions during the holidays isn't needed, says Alameda's city manager, because the rent stabilization ordinance passed last March is working.Between April—when the ordinance was … Continue reading Moratorium on holiday evictions in Alameda is unlikely

Alameda’s rent control Measure M1 fails mightily; rival Measure L1 passes

East Bay renters advocates gather last monthin Hayward.ALAMEDA | RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |After nearly two years of activism, Alameda's more stringent rent control initiative performed miserably at the polls Tuesday night.Island voters rejected Measure M1, which would have limited annual rent increases to a percentage of the Consumer Price Index, while also indicating support … Continue reading Alameda’s rent control Measure M1 fails mightily; rival Measure L1 passes

EBCampaign: GLAZER’s anti-union schtick spreads; ALAMEDA renters’ group needs cash; HONDA’s first ad

32 DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY |State Sen. Steve Glazer's anti-BART strike rhetoric has created a cottage industry in the moderate to conservative Outer East Bay. Nevermind that the issue is more than two years in the rearview mirror and a new contract extension was signed last spring. But like-minded Glazerites running for office in bordering … Continue reading EBCampaign: GLAZER’s anti-union schtick spreads; ALAMEDA renters’ group needs cash; HONDA’s first ad

Push poll, possibly backed by landlords, has Alameda renters group on alert

Alameda renters at the Bay View Apartments.ALAMEDA | RENT CONTROL |A potentially nasty campaign against Alameda's rent control initiative appears to have begun. In the past few days, some Alamedans have reported a telephone survey seeking responses, they say, that include a bias against the rent control initiative appearing on the November ballot.The sponsor of … Continue reading Push poll, possibly backed by landlords, has Alameda renters group on alert

Alameda councilman questions whether rent control measure can be defeated

Is Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog reallyfearful of the rent control measure passing or justgiving its proponents a false sense of security?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |With two rent measures now slated for the ballot--down from a possible four a few weeks ago--the next three months will be crucial for both sides.The Alameda Renters Coalition's already formidable grassroots … Continue reading Alameda councilman questions whether rent control measure can be defeated

Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on fall ballot

Alameda renters from the Bay View Apartmentsat a press conference Monday afternoon at City Hall to oppose the City Council's rent initiative.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda residents will have two rent-related ballot initiatives to ponder this November after the city council voted Monday night to place a competing measure on the fall ballot.The city’s measure, based on … Continue reading Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on fall ballot

Alameda County Democrats endorse Alameda’s rent control initiative

Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan addressesthe Alameda County Democratic Central CommitteeWednesday in San Leandro.ALAMEDA | The bid to bring rent control to Alameda received the backing of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Wednesday. The endorsement by the progressive group of elected leaders allows proponents of the rent control initiative to begin using the notable endorsement … Continue reading Alameda County Democrats endorse Alameda’s rent control initiative