Bay Area / California

Senator Tony Mendoza opposed bill stopping Ellis evictions of teachers, Latinos

Beyond Ellis Act Reform

Posted April 20, 2015 by

Last week was not a good one for backers of state Ellis Act reform. Senator Mark Leno’s SB 364 got an unexpectedly rocky reception at its April 14 committee hearing, losing by a 6-5 vote. While Leno can have the
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CalChamber’s ‘Job Killers’ List Returns

Posted April 16, 2015 by Steven Mikulan

It happens every spring: The start of baseball season and the Chamber of Commerce’s assault on legislation designed to improve the lives of Californians – many of them our most vulnerable residents. The CalChamber lobbies against legislation year-round, of course,
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A recent study by the Economic Roundtable found that when sidewalk vendors in Los Angeles sell their wares close to brick-and-mortar businesses, area businesses experience increased revenues and employment opportunities.

Los Angeles Criminalizes Sidewalk Vendors

Posted April 13, 2015 by Pui-Yee Yu

Sidewalk vending is illegal in Los Angeles, though no visitor would guess from its bustling and dynamic commercial corridors. Astonishingly, sidewalk vending is a municipal code misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Students
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Support Rent Control in Richmond

Posted April 7, 2015 by Tenants Together

With rents skyrocketing all over the Bay Area, the time to fight for a working-class Richmond is now. Tenants at two large apartment complexes in Richmond are going on a rent strike after their landlord demanded they pay a 20%
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California’s Severe Voting Drought

Posted March 24, 2015 by Anthony York

A record-low percentage of Californians bothered to cast ballots last November, and there is no shortage of explanations being offered. Everything from voter apathy to sophisticated micro-targeting by political campaigns has been cited as the reason for the abysmal 42
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