‘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

EBC AGENDA – April 7-13 — Budget season begins – URBAN SHIELD concerns – OAKLAND non-profits – EDEN dissolution?

THE WEEK OF APRIL 7-13When Richmond Assemblymember Tony Thurmond officially (finally!) threw his hat into the ring for state superintendent of instruction this week, he basically informally set in motion the 2018 election cycle in the East Bay. Thurmond's announcement was no surprise. He had basically been telling people he was going to run for … Continue reading EBC AGENDA – April 7-13 — Budget season begins – URBAN SHIELD concerns – OAKLAND non-profits – EDEN dissolution?

Five candidates on the ballot for two open Alameda City Council seats

ALAMEDA | The ballot is set in Alameda. Five candidates, including two incumbent city councilmembers will vie for a pair of seats on the Alameda City Council this November. In addition, races for city auditor and treasurer will be in play this fall.Unlike most parts of the East Bay where the filing deadline for candidates … Continue reading Five candidates on the ballot for two open Alameda City Council seats

Alameda councilman questions whether rent control measure can be defeated

Is Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog reallyfearful of the rent control measure passing or justgiving its proponents a false sense of security?ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |With two rent measures now slated for the ballot--down from a possible four a few weeks ago--the next three months will be crucial for both sides.The Alameda Renters Coalition's already formidable grassroots … Continue reading Alameda councilman questions whether rent control measure can be defeated

Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on fall ballot

Alameda renters from the Bay View Apartmentsat a press conference Monday afternoon at City Hall to oppose the City Council's rent initiative.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda residents will have two rent-related ballot initiatives to ponder this November after the city council voted Monday night to place a competing measure on the fall ballot.The city’s measure, based on … Continue reading Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on fall ballot

Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on the fall ballot

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer and CouncilmemberTony Daysog at Tuesday night's meeting.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL |Alameda’s rent control initiative now has a roommate on the November ballot after the city council voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a version of its recently passed rent stabilization ordinance on the November 8 ballot. The council's measure joins the already … Continue reading Alameda City Council places competing rent measure on the fall ballot

Alameda readies for second, more landlord-friendly, proposed ballot measure

Alameda's infamous "spite house."ALAMEDA | A second rent-related ballot measure in Alameda might be coming to the November ballot. Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog filed a proposed charter amendment that would roll back recently approved relocation fees paid by landlords to tenants after evictions of any kind.The intent to circulate a petition was filed by Daysog … Continue reading Alameda readies for second, more landlord-friendly, proposed ballot measure

It’s 3am, do you know what the Alameda City Council is doing? City staff isn’t sure

Alameda Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraftreviewed the nine-hour Jan. 5 meeting andconcluded she looked "punch drunk."ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | After more than five hours of public testimony at the Jan. 6 Alameda City Council meeting, Mayor Trish Spencer called for a 10-minute break. At 12:35 a.m., and with little evidence the council's deliberations over three proposed … Continue reading It’s 3am, do you know what the Alameda City Council is doing? City staff isn’t sure

Endgame in Alameda: Rent Control?

The mass evictions at the Bayview Apartmentshave become so infamous that its address is usedas shorthand for Alameda's rental crisis. ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Before the 33 families residing at Bay View Apartments received a 60-day eviction notice in early November, the last fight at the complex occurred last spring. For the big Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather … Continue reading Endgame in Alameda: Rent Control?

Alameda’s ‘Landlord-In-Chief’ could lose real estate license following complaint

ALAMEDA | Don Lindsey, who is one of Alameda’s most powerful landlords and is a leader among property owners strongly opposed to rent control on the Island, is under investigation by the California Bureau of Real Estate for alleged financial improprieties. A state investigator is accusing Lindsey of failing to provide proper accounting for various … Continue reading Alameda’s ‘Landlord-In-Chief’ could lose real estate license following complaint

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

YEAR-IN-PREV16W: TOP 5 ‘OUT THERE’ EAST BAY POLITICAL PREDICTIONS

The stars are aligned in Oakland: The Raidersstay; A's will move to Howard Terminal.YEAR-IN-PREV16W | Sadly, predicting political races in the East Bay is very easy. With a high- percentage of certainty, the candidate with the most fundraising will win. If you add strong union and Democratic Party support, the likelihood is almost 100 percent. … Continue reading YEAR-IN-PREV16W: TOP 5 ‘OUT THERE’ EAST BAY POLITICAL PREDICTIONS

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

JULYHayward city workers finally get a new contract.>>>With its political implications to be determined in the 2016 city council election next year, the City of Hayward and more than 300 city employees finally agree to a new contract. The acrimonious two-year labor standoff that included a wage imposition results in employees receiving a 4.5 percent … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: July-September 2015

‘Rent Control in Alameda–Ridiculous’ says notorious landlord

ALAMEDA | The Alameda landlord who has become the face for greater rent control restriction after he issued notices of eviction to 33 families in the Bay View Apartments last month, sent an inflammatory letter to city leaders strongly opposing regulations that support tenants’ rights. Matt Sridhar, the CEO of San Jose-based Sridhar Equities, LLC, … Continue reading ‘Rent Control in Alameda–Ridiculous’ says notorious landlord

Rise in Ellis Act evictions in Oakland is a trend, says city staff

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The number of Ellis Act evictions in Oakland has more than doubled in the past six months, according to the city’s rent adjustment program manager. And without greater compensation awarded to tenants to relocate to another apartment in Oakland, renters may not be able to afford to remain in the city.Last … Continue reading Rise in Ellis Act evictions in Oakland is a trend, says city staff