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

‘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

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

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

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

Clockwise from left: Alameda Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Tony Daysog; Lena Tam, Malia Vella, and Jennifer Roloff are seeking two open seats this November. MEET THE CANDIDATESThis five-person race is led by the incumbents. Councilmember MARILYN EZZY ASHCRAFT was easily the leading vote-getter four years ago with nearly a quarter of the vote. She supports smart … Continue reading ALAMEDA CITY COUNCiL PREVIEW: A tipping point for Alameda’s future

20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella.1. Alameda City Council candidate Malia Vella is by far the most impressive non-incumbent running in any race in the East Bay this November. Her election could be the beginning of a long and successful political career. First, there was Rob Bonta. Now possibly another upwardly mobile politician in Vella coming … Continue reading 20 THINGS I THINK ABOUT THE 2016 EAST BAY GENERAL ELECTION

Renters’ groups file FPPC complaint against landlord lobby’s deceptive mailers

Tenant activists from Alameda, Richmond, andOakland speak in front of the East Bay Rental Housing Association offices in Hayward.RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |Renters' groups representing the six Bay Area cities slated to vote on various forms of rent control this November filed a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Thursday claiming a mailer … Continue reading Renters’ groups file FPPC complaint against landlord lobby’s deceptive mailers

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

‘Real Rent Control for Alameda’ group is backed by island’s top property manager

Alameda voters received this mailer over theweekend opposing Measure M1, the more stringent rent control initiative on the fall ballot.ALAMEDA RENT CONTROL |ELECTION 2016 |Thousands of renters in Alameda know the understated storefront on Webster Street belonging to island property management firm, Gallagher & Lindsey. If not, because many of them drop their rent checks through a … Continue reading ‘Real Rent Control for Alameda’ group is backed by island’s top property manager

Is Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog a Republican in Democratic clothing?

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog, alongwith Jennifer Roloff, at an endorsement meeting in August for the Alameda Democratic Club.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |ELECTION 2016 |Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog owns a Web domain named “Moderate Democrat,” but some Democrats in Alameda and the county central committee are doubting his allegiance to the party, all together.An email from June, obtained by … Continue reading Is Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog a Republican in Democratic clothing?