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

Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

HAYWARD CITY COUNCILA week after Hayward elected officials roundly turned away a developer's bid to build a slew of market-rate housing units on Mission Boulevard, councilmembers continued to voice a newfound pledge for more affordable housing in a city currently being racked by displacement and rising rents.Every member of the City Council signaled to developers … Continue reading Hayward officials voice strong support for affordable housing; state concern over rising rents

‘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

Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

Alameda Community Developement DirectorDebbie Potter at Tuesday's council meeting.ALAMEDA | RENTS | Alameda voters will have a chance this fall to decide whether to enact rent control on the Island. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office on Wednesday certified the renters-backed measure for the November ballot, setting the stage for a contentious fall campaign … Continue reading Alameda rent control measure, backed by tenants, qualifies for November ballot

San Leandro mayor highlights city’s rapid rebirth while grappling with growing pains

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter following herstate of the city address Monday.SAN LEANDRO | It could be argued that San Leandro, Oakland's often overlooked neighbor to the south, is in the midst of prosperity and excitement not seen in generations. At least, San Leandro Mayor Pauline Cutter made the argument Monday evening during her State … Continue reading San Leandro mayor highlights city’s rapid rebirth while grappling with growing pains

Memo shows Alameda landlords want to work with councilmember on counter measure to rent control

Alameda Councilmember Tony Daysog has beenopen about putting a second rent measure on theNovember ballot, but a memo shows landlordsare interested in helping his cause.ALAMEDA | While one ballot measure advocating for rent control in Alameda is in the early petition stage, a second measure to roll back some new rent protections approved by the … Continue reading Memo shows Alameda landlords want to work with councilmember on counter measure to rent control

Alameda group seeks to place rent control measure on November ballot

Alameda renters protesting rising rents at arally in front of City Hall last year.ALAMEDA | A day before the Alameda City Council is set to finalize approval for a modest set of new protections for struggling renters, a local grassroots organization will present a ballot measure Monday asking voters for stronger controls on rising rents."We … Continue reading Alameda group seeks to place rent control measure on November ballot

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

Alameda renters group opposes city’s proposed ordinances on rents, evictions

Members of the Alameda Renters Coalitionprotesting rising rents last year.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | Ahead of Tuesday night much-anticipated Alameda City Council debate over possibly enacting new restrictions on rent increases and evictions, the Alameda Renters Coalition, a local group that has driven the issue over the past year, says it will oppose all three potential … Continue reading Alameda renters group opposes city’s proposed ordinances on rents, evictions

Alameda City Council’s decision on rent ordinance could be pivot point for issue

Tenants at 470 Central Avenue in Alameda, whichbecame the epicenter of the city's rent crisis last year.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | With Alameda’s 65-day moratorium on rent increases and evictions set to expire next week, the City Council will begin the New Year seeking a permanent ordinance to slow the housing crisis. Tuesday night’s debate over … Continue reading Alameda City Council’s decision on rent ordinance could be pivot point for issue

YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

YEAR-IN-REV15W | This may not have been the most eventful year in East Bay politics, but aside from some ill-mannered moments, 2015 was totally positive. Activists fighting for social justice and fair housing registered major victories. On several occasions, a few of the year's biggest news stories appear destined to act as opening acts for … Continue reading YEAR-IN-REV15W: TOP 10 EAST BAY POLITICAL NEWS STORIES

YEAR IN REV15W: BEST EAST BAY POLITICAL QUOTES OF 2015

2015 YEAR-IN-REV15W | Over the past six years, the annual East Bay Citizen collection of the best political quotes have shown a distinct pattern in odd years--notably, non-election years like this one. The most unique utterance often leans toward the absurd. This year's top quote (revealed below) absolutely fits the bill and encompasses one East … Continue reading YEAR IN REV15W: BEST EAST BAY POLITICAL QUOTES OF 2015

EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: October-December 2015

OCTOBERThe Assemblymember Rob Bonta-led effortto add regulations to medical cannabis dispensaries is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. >>>Assemblymember Rob Bonta's medical cannabis dispensary reform bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation adds needed regulations to the greatly expanding industry in the state. >>>The much-anticipated race in the Ninth State Senate District loses one prominent candidate when … Continue reading EAST BAY POLITICAL YEAR-IN-REVIEW: October-December 2015

Alameda City Council omits eviction loophole; Tenants affected vow to stay

Alameda Councilmembers Jim Oddie and MarilynEzzy Ashcraft meeting with residents last monthat the Bay View Apartments in Alameda.ALAMEDA CITY COUNCIL | A loophole exploited by an Alameda landlord in the days after an Alameda City Council approved a moratorium on rents and eviction was closed Tuesday night. But the action does nothing to help the 33 … Continue reading Alameda City Council omits eviction loophole; Tenants affected vow to stay

LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with guest Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie

//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/3986009/height/300/width/450/theme/legacy/direction/no/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie addressesthe island's housing crisis.EPISODE 15 | The unlikely new epicenter of the East Bay housing crisis is Alameda. On this week's East Bay Citizen Show podcast, Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie said the move by a South Bay landlord to exploit a section of the city's recently approved 65-day moratorium on rents … Continue reading LISTEN! East Bay Citizen Show with guest Alameda Councilmember Jim Oddie