Hayward: Plan to lower annual rent increases moves ahead

Hayward renters could see their annual rent increases lowered from a current five percent cap to as low as two percent, according to a proposed revision to the city's Residential Rent Stabilization Ordinance. The three-member Hayward Housing-Homelessness Task Force moved forward a staff proposals last week that could tie rent hikes to increases in the … Continue reading Hayward: Plan to lower annual rent increases moves ahead

San Leandro tenants group is organizing citizens-driven ‘fair rent’ ballot initiative

While East Bay tenants activists have changed the political landscape in recent years in Oakland, Alameda, and Hayward, by forcing stronger housing protections, their achievements have largely sidestepped implementation in San Leandro. A newly formed San Leandro tenants group is planning a citizens-driven "fair rent" ballot initiative to remedy the lack of new renters protections … Continue reading San Leandro tenants group is organizing citizens-driven ‘fair rent’ ballot initiative

Alameda’s city prosecutor could go after businesses that don’t comply with AB5

Just prior to the State Legislature approving a landmark bill last week that reclassifies gig-workers and freelancers as employees, it was amended to include language that could bolster the authority of Alameda's new city prosecutor to go after violators of the law expected to be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Assembly Bill 5 sailed through … Continue reading Alameda’s city prosecutor could go after businesses that don’t comply with AB5

Skinner on rent control bill

I don’t want any more to be displaced. My heart can’t take it.-State Sen. Nancy Skinner on the landmark rent control bill that was approved by State Senate on Tuesday. AB 1482 caps annual rent increases at 5%.

Alameda places 2.8 percent cap on annual rent increases

Alameda renters scored a major legislative victory late Tuesday night when the Alameda City Council approved an ordinance that places a cap on annual rent increase. The change amounts to a reduction in annual increases from up to five percent under a previous ordinance to 2.8 percent for many Alameda renters, starting on Sept. 1. … Continue reading Alameda places 2.8 percent cap on annual rent increases

‘It’s more than what we have’: New rent protections coming to Hayward

After decades of landlords slowly whittling away the number of units protected by a city rent ordinance to as low as 1,000 through vacancy decontrol, the Hayward City Council  voted late Tuesday night to repeal and replace the ordinance with a more stringent menu of renters protections. Vacancy decontrol measures allow a landlord to raise … Continue reading ‘It’s more than what we have’: New rent protections coming to Hayward

Alameda approves just-cause protections for renters

For now, the fight for and against just-cause renters' protections in Alameda appears over. The renters have won. The Alameda City Council approved adding a regulation Tuesday night long sought by local renters that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without a specific reason. "Housing is basic human right. Period. End of sentence. Stop," Alameda Councilmember … Continue reading Alameda approves just-cause protections for renters

Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

An Alameda City Council, buoyed by a November election that built upon its progressive majority while trouncing a landlords-backed ballot initiative, moved forward Tuesday night with a menu of sweeping new protections coming soon for struggling Alameda renters. The council directed its staff to prepare a just-cause ordinance for possible approval next month, a regulation … Continue reading Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

Hayward leans toward renters’ protections

After several years of incremental action to limit the rise of rents in Hayward, the City Council last week indicated a preference for enacting a number of rent protections, including binding arbitration to resolve rent increase disputes, an end to vacancy de-control, and possibly tenant relocation payments for renters forced out of their units. Few … Continue reading Hayward leans toward renters’ protections

Hayward landlords are taking advantage of the housing crisis, says report

Nearly half of all Hayward tenants spend 35% or more of their monthly income on rent.

FPPC won’t investigate litany of complaints against San Leandro slate

Former councilmember and top landlord had previously alleged 238 campaign finance violations

Alameda: Will voting against popular minimum wage increase hurt Spencer’s re-election?

Time and again, especially in the East Bay, raising the minimum wage has proven to be an extremely popular proposition. But unlike, most neighboring cities, Alameda has done little to accelerate the march toward $15 an hour mandated statewide by 2022. Earlier this month, the Alameda City Council voted to increase its minimum wage to … Continue reading Alameda: Will voting against popular minimum wage increase hurt Spencer’s re-election?

STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY–Ep 12: The political consultant scam revealed; Interview with San Leandro renter John Busch

Every election cycle I notice the discrepancy between how individual campaigns perform in public and the amount of money they pay political consultants. In the East Bay, the going rate appears to be around $8,000 a month. That's a ripoff. On the Steve Tavares Is Angry podcast I break down the political consultant scam. Spoiler: … Continue reading STEVE TAVARES IS ANGRY–Ep 12: The political consultant scam revealed; Interview with San Leandro renter John Busch