In a bind, Hayward tables long-standing plan for city to boot Bunker Hill tenants from homes

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILFor a Hayward City Council that has voiced strong support over the past few months for helping stave off its burgeoning affordable housing crisis, the optics of evicting up to 40 families from their homes put city officials in a political bind Tuesday night. Instead, the council voted, 5-2, to postpone for one … Continue reading In a bind, Hayward tables long-standing plan for city to boot Bunker Hill tenants from homes

Renters at infamous Alameda apartments received evictions five days before Christmas

Assemblymember Rob Bonta, left, and AlamedaCouncilmember Malia Vella, right, listen toconcerns Friday from tenants at the Bay View Apts.ALAMEDA"Everyday I open my door to check and see if there's a eviction notice," said Alameda renter Julia Balthasar. Just five days before Christmas, Balthasar found an unwanted holiday delivery--a 60-day eviction notice affixed to her front door, … Continue reading Renters at infamous Alameda apartments received evictions five days before Christmas

With Alameda just cause ordinance on pause, notorious landlord issues eviction notices

Renters and housing activists at Alameda'sBay View Apartments.ALAMEDAResidents at Alameda's Bay View Apartments on Central Avenue have stood as the symbol of the island community's struggle with rising rents and a lack of affordable housing for more than two years.On Wednesday, just days before the start of a new school year, three families received 60-day … Continue reading With Alameda just cause ordinance on pause, notorious landlord issues eviction notices

‘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

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

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 City Council’s decision on rent ordinance could be pivot point for issue

Tenants at 470 Central Avenue in Alameda, whichbecame the epicenter of the city's rent crisis last year.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | With Alameda’s 65-day moratorium on rent increases and evictions set to expire next week, the City Council will begin the New Year seeking a permanent ordinance to slow the housing crisis. Tuesday night’s debate over … Continue reading Alameda City Council’s decision on rent ordinance could be pivot point for issue

Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter is skepticalabout rent control despite a chorus of speakersMonday advocating for greater protections.SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL | After months of public comment and vetting, the San Leandro City Council approved this week new regulations for its Rent Review Board. The changes include lowering the threshold for tenants to protest rent … Continue reading Palpable fears of rising rents and evictions move to San Leandro

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with guest Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie

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Alameda City Council may strike exploited loophole from rent moratorium

Renters at Bay View Apartments in Alameda last Saturday. Earlier this month, its new owners issued a 60-day eviction notice.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | A loophole in Alameda’s recently passed 65-day moratorium on rent hikes and evictions was quickly exploited by at least one landlord to evict 33 families from their apartments. As a result, the Alameda City Council … Continue reading Alameda City Council may strike exploited loophole from rent moratorium

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with special guest Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog

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Renters’ fears continue to rise in Alameda

One Alameda council member called testimony Tuesday from renters the most emotional in years.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Alameda officials, who have long asked for hard data to gauge whether the island’s renters are being gouged by exorbitant rent increases and forced out of their homes by evictions, appear to be realizing the problem is more widespread than … Continue reading Renters’ fears continue to rise in Alameda