Bay Area / California

Vivian Thorp testifies at a Capitol hearing: “I believed in having a family.”

What’s Behind the Repeal Movement

Posted August 18, 2015 by Judith Lewis Mernit

Vivian Thorp was 28 years old when she ripped a ligament in her knee lifting heavy freight at Walmart in Vallejo, California. Until then, she’d liked her job and was good at it. “I was always strong and agile, and
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Top 5 Anti-Rent Control Lies

Posted August 3, 2015 by

The movement for rent control is back. In response to steep rent increases, Richmond, Santa Rosa, San Jose, and Stockton are among California cities considering the enactment of rent control and just cause eviction laws (Richmond’s measure has already passed). 
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Overflow crowd at Richmond rent control hearing

Richmond 1, Gentrification 0

Posted July 24, 2015 by

The Bay Area city of Richmond made history Tuesday night, as the City Council voted 4-1 to enact rent control and just cause eviction laws. It is the first time a city has passed rent control in thirty years. It
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Richmond Passes Rent Control

Posted July 22, 2015 by Tenants Together

By a 4-1 vote, the City of Richmond passed a rent control law Tuesday night, prompting celebration among the broad coalition of tenants, labor allies, homeowners, and progressive community groups that packed the hearing chambers all night. Landlords turned out
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Tenants Together celebrates the victory

CalHFA Chair to Leave Over Ellis Act Evictions

Posted July 16, 2015 by Tenants Together

On July 14, the Chairman of the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) announced his departure following a two-month campaign by tenant activists demanding his ouster. Matthew Jacobs, the head of a state affordable housing agency, was himself doing mass evictions
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