Bay Area / California

Tim Lee, Tenants Legal Champion, Retires

Posted November 2, 2017 by

Tim Lee, for over three decades a preeminent legal champion for California tenants, retires from the San Francisco Rent Board next month. Lee’s career reflects the evolution of tenants’ rights in California as well as efforts by courts, politicians and
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Will Voters Repeal Costa-Hawkins in 2018?

Posted October 26, 2017 by

Activists Plan Repeal Measure for November ’18 Ballot Liam Dillon’s October 23 Los Angeles Times story broke the news:  activists are moving forward toward placing an initiative repealing California’s Costa-Hawkins law  on the November 2018 ballot. I recall that dark
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SB 190 Ends Harmful, Unlawful, Costly Juvenile Justice Fees

Posted October 19, 2017 by Maureen Washburn

On October 11, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 190, a major, bipartisan juvenile justice reform bill that will improve youth rehabilitation and increase public safety. Effective January 1, 2018, SB 190 ends the regressive and racially discriminatory
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California Game Changers: Reaffirming Affirmative Action

Posted October 10, 2017 by Erin Aubry Kaplan

Reinstating affirmative action is not as pie-in-the-sky as it sounds. A 2014 Field Poll found strong support for it across the board. Of all the controversial, national trendsetting ballot measures decided by California voters in the last generation, perhaps none
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A Toxic Tour With Tales of Resilience

Posted October 3, 2017 by

Befitting a city rich in history, Richmond has multiple guides to its past. On the  waterfront, Betty Reid Soskin, the nation’s oldest park ranger, holds forth at the Rosie the Riveter Homefront Museum, informing visitors from far and near about
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Why Housing Won in 2017

Posted September 19, 2017 by

Lessons for Winning Future Campaigns In February 2015, then California Assembly member Toni Atkins introduced AB 1335, which imposed a $75 fee on real estate transactions for affordable housing. The measure had multiple sponsors but failed to get the necessary
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