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

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

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

San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCIL |  A third dispensary permit in San Leandro in just over a year was formally approved Monday night, but it may be the last for some time after a councilmember raised the possibility of moratorium on any further dispensaries. The San Leandro City Council moved to schedule later this month a … Continue reading San Leandro may ‘pump the brakes’ on dispensaries, but only after three

Marathon Alameda council meeting ends with 60-day extension of rent moratorium; no ordinance until mid-February

Tuesday's council meeting was moved to nearbyKofman Auditorium for the expected large crowdof landlords and renters' advocates.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | After eight hours of public testimony and deliberation, the Alameda City Council on Wednesday morning voted to extend the city’s current moratorium on rent increases and evictions for another sixty days. The council, however, did not … Continue reading Marathon Alameda council meeting ends with 60-day extension of rent moratorium; no ordinance until mid-February

Despite rent moratorium in Alameda, it’s all leading to ballot fight over rent control

ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | ANALYSIS | It may have taken more than three hours to pin down the details, but Alameda’s immediate 65-day moratorium on rent increases and evictions will keep renters in their places through the holiday season. What comes next for alleviating growing fears across the island of brutal rent hikes and 60-day … Continue reading Despite rent moratorium in Alameda, it’s all leading to ballot fight over rent control

Urgency moratorium on rent increases, evictions may be coming to Alameda

Members of the Alameda Renters Coalition last monthin front of City Hall. PHOTO/@AlamedaRentersALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Fears of rising rents and evictions in Alameda over the past year are being heard by City Hall. The Alameda City Council may approve a 65-day temporary moratorium on rent hikes and evictions Wednesday evening at a long-anticipated special … Continue reading Urgency moratorium on rent increases, evictions may be coming to Alameda

Hayward may back Bonta’s dispensary bill, but still doesn’t want them in their city

A Hayward councilmember said last monthhe wants no "marijuana stores" in the city.City backs local control aspect of regulatory billHAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Medical marijuana dispensaries in Hayward have long been viewed by city leaders with great disdain. Hayward councilmembers, in the past, have labeled them the bane of public safety and a potential corruption … Continue reading Hayward may back Bonta’s dispensary bill, but still doesn’t want them in their city

A New Website in SD-10: Down Ballot, 5 Days to Election Day

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 10 The pantheon of negative campaign websites grows. Mary Hayashi’s campaign released FrackBob.com today. The latest entry follows MugShotMary and BobProtectedRapists. The site, however, is solely issue based (other than the web address) on Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski’s opposition to a state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. The issue is very timely. … Continue reading A New Website in SD-10: Down Ballot, 5 Days to Election Day

Hayward Tries to Kick the Habit with ‘Timeout’ on Tobacco, E-Cigs Business

A woman with a version of an e-cigarette.HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | HEALTH | It is too easy to buy a pack of smokes in Hayward, says city staff, and the number of e-cigarette retailers and hookah lounges in the city has risen starkly in recent months. Seven of Hayward’s eight e-cigarette establishments have opened its … Continue reading Hayward Tries to Kick the Habit with ‘Timeout’ on Tobacco, E-Cigs Business

The Skinny: Hayward City Council Preview, Jan. 14, 2014

Hayward City Council Preview777 B StreetTuesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.[FULL AGENDA HERE] Twitter hashtag: #haymtg.Twitter handles: Francisco Zermeno @FranciscZermeno; Mark Salinas @hwdcouncilman; Al Mendall @AlMendall>>> REASON TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER’S CARDMORATORIUM ON SMOKE SHOPS City staff recommends issuing a 45-day moratorium through Feb. 28 on the establishment of new tobacco and e-cigarette retailers, along … Continue reading The Skinny: Hayward City Council Preview, Jan. 14, 2014

Hayward Becomes Latest To Crack Down On Internet Sweepstakes Businesses

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Ron Doyle’s Internet café is located in the shadows of Hayward City Hall, but the owner says those inside are doing more than hovering over his business. A countywide bid to shut down businesses like Doyle’s that offer Internet sweepstakes has been simmering for months with emergency ordinances popping up from the … Continue reading Hayward Becomes Latest To Crack Down On Internet Sweepstakes Businesses