EBC AGENDA: May 25-31 — OAKLAND pension strategy; ACTransit supports unions ahead of SCOTUS ruling

Also: San Leandro's own city manager scandal could be heating up again on Tuesday night.

Up for re-election, three Hayward officials seek to help renters as landlords fund their campaigns

Powerful landlord interests are making early bets on Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday, Councilmembers Mark Salinas, Sara Lamnin.HAYWARD CITY COUNCILThree Hayward officials received nearly maxed-out contributions from the powerful pro-landlord California Apartment Association (CAA) and affiliates last year, according to campaign finance reports released earlier this month.At a special Hayward council meeting last week focusing on rental housing … Continue reading Up for re-election, three Hayward officials seek to help renters as landlords fund their campaigns

Costa-Hawkins repeal bill fails in committee; Bonta votes yes

Assemblymember Rob Bonta at a Housingand Development Committee hearing Thursday in Sacramento.18TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICTAssemblymember Rob Bonta, and throngs of rental housing advocates from Oakland, Alameda and across the state, were ready for a fight Thursday in favor of an Assembly bill that would have repealed a more than two decades-old state law that restricts rent control … Continue reading Costa-Hawkins repeal bill fails in committee; Bonta votes yes

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

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

Fremont City Council, except one member, fell under the spell of powerful landlord interests

Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon said lastweek that a city rent board ordinance will donothing for renters. He supports rent control.FREMONT CITY COUNCIL--PUBLIC COMMENT--Appointed Fremont Councilmember David Bonaccorsi hid behind modest change while striking populist tones. His collegaues on the council meanwhile merely acknowledged the problems associated with rising rents before supporting the creation of five-member … Continue reading Fremont City Council, except one member, fell under the spell of powerful landlord interests

EBC AGENDA | SEPT 15-21 | OAKLAND public bank; FREMONT rent review ordinance; HAYWARD shuttle study; KHANNA town hall

THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15-21Without a doubt, affordable housing is the biggest issue facing the East Bay. Last week, the state legislature delivered some help to alleviate the crisis, but only time will tell if the wisdom of allowing developers a quick path to building more housing was ultimately pan out. The potential loss of … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | SEPT 15-21 | OAKLAND public bank; FREMONT rent review ordinance; HAYWARD shuttle study; KHANNA town hall

Tenant relocation payments finally approved in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILA proposed tenant relocation payment program in San Leandro has for more than a year shuttled back and forth between the City Council and its rules committee without resolution, worrying tenants and angering landlords who have balked at added rent restrictions.Despite approving Tuesday night, what is now called the "Tenant Relocation Ordinance," … Continue reading Tenant relocation payments finally approved in San Leandro

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

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

San Leandro tenant relocation payment ordinance stymied, sent back to Rules Committee

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILFor the second time in as many weeks, a proposed tenant relocation payment program in San Leandro has failed to move forward. The San Leandro City Council sent back to committee, 5-2, Monday night a second iteration of the the program intended to compensate renters who are evicted through owner-initiated relocations.The council … Continue reading San Leandro tenant relocation payment ordinance stymied, sent back to Rules Committee

EBC AGENDA | JUNE 30-JULY 6 | Tenant relocation payments return to SAN LEANDRO; ALAMEDA Point Site A; Sheriff AHERN in HAYWARD; ‘MERICA!

THE WEEK OF JUNE 30-JULY 6Every week the EBC AGENDA describes a "very busy week in East Bay government." Unless White House press secretary Sean Spicer is offering the agenda this week, using this phrase would be a total lie! City Councils in San Leandro and Alameda bookend the Fourth of July holiday. Important issues, … Continue reading EBC AGENDA | JUNE 30-JULY 6 | Tenant relocation payments return to SAN LEANDRO; ALAMEDA Point Site A; Sheriff AHERN in HAYWARD; ‘MERICA!

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

San Leandro City Council adds landlord exemptions to proposed tenant relocation payments

SAN LEANDRO CITY COUNCILIt’s taken more than a year for the San Leandro City Council to formulate a tenant relocation payments amendment to its existing rent review ordinance. But following a number of additions to the proposal, some that benefit small-time landlords in San Leandro, the amendments will have to wait another two weeks for … Continue reading San Leandro City Council adds landlord exemptions to proposed tenant relocation payments