Hayward continues slow track toward easing growing housing crisis

Hayward Councilmember ElisaMarquez pushed for a moratoriumon rents Tuesday, but gained onlytepid support from her colleagues.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThe Hayward City Council gave direction to staff Tuesday night to study a menu of new protections for the city's renters, including non-binding mediation to resolve rent increases and possibly a moratorium, also on rent hikes. It was … Continue reading Hayward continues slow track toward easing growing housing crisis

Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL--ELECTION 2018--A push poll, suspected by many, to have originated from Alameda landlords' groups, is probing and testing potential attack lines against a lengthy list of potential progressive candidates for the city's mayoral and city council elections this fall. The existence of the poll portends for another heated political season coming to Alameda.It … Continue reading Alameda push poll is dishing dirt on potential mayoral, council candidates, but not all of them

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

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

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 1-7 | ALAMEDA to end dispensary moratorium, selects just cause elex date; SAN LEANDRO tenant relocation $$; Piedmont rages

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 1-7As far as the dreaded August council recess period goes this was awful. Nothing much happened because the players in politics took some time to relax. Many went of vacations, near and far. I even saw one Oakland councilmember on my own vacation earlier this month.But those on a staycation in … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 1-7 | ALAMEDA to end dispensary moratorium, selects just cause elex date; SAN LEANDRO tenant relocation $$; Piedmont rages

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

Bonta urges Alameda to disqualify landlord referendum accused of violating election law

Assemblymember Rob Bonta18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAssemblymember Rob Bonta wants the Alameda City Council to investigate and potentially disqualify a pending ballot referendum brought forth last month by local landlords after a raft of complaints that signature-gatherers intentionally misled residents.The landlords' petition seeks to overturn Alameda City Council's decision last month to add a just cause amendment … Continue reading Bonta urges Alameda to disqualify landlord referendum accused of violating election law

Alameda signature-gatherers hired by landlords could face criminal charges

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILThe city of Alameda has received 51 affidavits alleging signature-gatherers paid by local landlords illegally misrepresented a proposed ballot measure intended to rollback recently-approved just cause tenant protections. The city is taking the charges seriously. According to a statement Tuesday from the city, it is consulting with the Alameda County District Attorney's office … Continue reading Alameda signature-gatherers hired by landlords could face criminal charges

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

Alameda landlords readying possible ballot measure to roll back new Just Cause restrictions

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL Amendments to Alameda's rent stabilization ordinance that will includes just cause protections for tenants is not yet officially law, yet local landlords are already plotting a strategy to rescind the rules slated for a final reading at Tuesday night's city council meeting.Members of two landlords-backed groups, the Alameda Housing Providers Association and Alamedans for Fair Rent Control, … Continue reading Alameda landlords readying possible ballot measure to roll back new Just Cause restrictions

Alameda mayor trolls for votes from parents disgruntled over school closing

ALAMEDAElected officials don't usually weigh-in on controversial subject matter under the purview of another group of  officials within the same city. It's uncommon and almost verboten in local politics. Yet, Alameda’s unconventional Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer did so last week during a highly-charged Alameda school board on the indefinite closing an elementary school.The controversy at Lum Elementary is a somewhat … Continue reading Alameda mayor trolls for votes from parents disgruntled over school closing

Alameda City Council approves Just Cause tenant protections; targets actions by rogue landlord

Supporters for Just Cause at an Alameda CityCouncil meeting on Tuesday night.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCILAlameda is the latest Bay Area city to add Just Cause protections that restrict landlords from evicting renters without a specific reason. The Alameda City Council voted, 3-2, early Wednesday morning to amend its rent stabilization ordinance, passed more than a year … Continue reading Alameda City Council approves Just Cause tenant protections; targets actions by rogue landlord

‘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