Bay Area / California

Organizers gather at CA Renter Power 2017

Lessons from Round One of Costa Hawkins Repeal

Posted May 16, 2017 by

// // Earlier this year, three California Assemblymembers — Richard Bloom, David Chiu & Rob Bonta — took Sacramento by surprise, introducing AB 1506 to repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Recent grassroots organizing by tenant groups laid the
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Scott Wiener, Holly Mitchell

Wiener Slams Housing Opponents

Posted April 20, 2017 by

State Senator Scott Wiener has written a powerful letter accusing nonprofit housing leaders of providing “significant misinformation” about Wiener’s SB 35, which seeks to expedite housing development in California. Wiener’s April 15 letter directed to Peter Cohen and Fernando Marti
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Prohibition-History

Neo-Prohibitionists Rule San Francisco

Posted April 11, 2017 by

Give Cities More Liquor Licenses! San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting has introduced legislation to create 25 new liquor licenses for seven neighborhoods outside the city’s core tourist districts. That state legislation is even needed for neighborhood restaurants to serve liquor
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The fatal West Oakland fire

Oakland’s Traumatic Week

Posted March 30, 2017 by

City Shows Confidence Toward Future In a single week, Oakland had the following occur: *A West Oakland residential fire killed four people. The building’s landlord had been working to evict some of the tenants, who had gone to court to
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