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Tenants Fear LA Retrofit Plan Will Raise Rents

Posted December 11, 2014 by Sanden Totten

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s ambitious earthquake retrofit plan will raise rents and create significant financial burdens for owners, a tenants’ rights group and building owners predicted Tuesday. The plan, released Monday, calls for mandatory upgrades to potentially thousands of
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A sign in support of The Jungle is posted at the Silicon Valley homeless encampment, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. City officials began posting notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning the 200 residents of what is likely the nation's largest homeless encampment that the bulldozers are coming. People living in the Silicon Valley camp, known as The Jungle, must be out by Thursday, Dec. 4 or face arrest for trespassing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Four Fallacies of the Jungle Eviction

Posted December 10, 2014 by Christopher Herring

On December 4th San Jose began the eviction of what has been called America’s largest homeless encampment: 68 acres of creek-side property inhabited by some 300 men, women, and children residing in tents, shanties, and underground adobe dwellings. The city’s
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LA Moves to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Posted December 3, 2014 by David Graham-Caso

LOS ANGELES – Moving to insure that the emerging “sharing economy” complements our neighborhoods rather than threatening them, Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Herb Wesson today called for new rules to regulate and manage short-term housing rentals in the City of Los
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After Proposition 47: Following the money

Posted November 25, 2014 by Lizzie Buchen

Two weeks ago, California voters ushered in a landmark opportunity to reduce the state’s over-reliance on incarceration and to support some of the state’s most vulnerable populations. With the passage of Proposition 47, drug possession and petty theft-related offenses were
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San Jose Enacts Affordable Housing Impact Fee

Posted November 20, 2014 by Charisse Ma LeBron

San Jose City Councilmembers made a bold and much needed move this week toward providing more affordable housing with the passage of a Housing Impact Fee. The $17 per square foot fee charged to market-rate housing projects will take the
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A Tale of Two San Jose’s

Posted November 13, 2014 by Bob Brownstein

A number of blogs have called attention to the precinct map of San Jose from the Election for Mayor on November 4th.  That visual presentation reveals a harsh reality better than any lengthy text. The image shows a city as
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