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Measure H, East Palo Alto rent ordinance, passes
East Palo Alto Online
June 9th, 2010
"East Palo Alto's rent stabilization and eviction ordinance, Measure H, was approved in Tuesday's election by a wide margin, according to the San Mateo County Registrar."

East Palo Alto voters approve new rent law
by Jessica Bernstein-Wax and Bonnie EslingerMercury News
June 9th, 2010
"East Palo Alto voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a new rent control law that will strengthen and modernize an existing 22-year-old ordinance."

Another bloody budget
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 8th, 2010
"In the days since June 1, when Mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposal for San Francisco's $6.48 billion budget for the next fiscal year, public sector employees and community organizations have been poring over the hefty document to determine how their jobs, services, and programs survived cuts made to close a $483 million shortfall."

Vacant home causing problems? Code enforcement tries to help
by COURTENAY EDELHARTThe Bakersfield Californian
June 8th, 2010
This article assesses the foreclosure crisis in Kern county today and unveils a phenomenon where scam artists pose as landlords to collect rent from tenants for property they don't own.

Does Public Housing Have a Future?
by Peter DreierTalking Points Memo
June 8th, 2010
This post takes a look at the challenges and future direction of our nation's public housing system.

Mobile home park residents resigned to fate
by Katie Worth San Francisco Examiner
June 5th, 2010
"About 30 years ago, Gloria Luna’s mother was kicked out of her apartment in San Francisco because a developer was planning to build a much larger, more luxurious building there."

Illegal trailer park grows into a community
by David KellyLos Angeles Times
June 5th, 2010
"A year after a federal judge rejected government efforts to shut down the trailer park known as Duroville, this cramped warren of banged-up trailers and relentless poverty is experiencing something of a renaissance."

Two percent rent hike OK'd
Santa Monica Daily Press
June 5th, 2010
"The Rent Control Board on Tuesday approved a 2 percent rent increase for apartment units that fall under its jurisdiction."

Agency sides with Monrovia tenants over evictions
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
June 4th, 2010
"The state Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced settlements Tuesday of 13 complaints filed by disabled tenants evicted from an apartment complex last year."

Pro-tenant bill clears state Assembly
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News
June 4th, 2010
"A bill that would bar public pension funds from investing in businesses that force residents out of rent-controlled buildings has passed the state Assembly and will move on to the Senate for approval, an Assembly member's office said Friday."

Council delays rent control discussion
by JUSTINE FREDERIKSENThe Ukiah Daily Journal
June 4th, 2010
"The Ukiah City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to postpone discussions and further action on a proposed rent-stabilization ordinance for mobilehome parks."

Rent Control Preserves Affordabilty
by John PetroThe Huffington Post
June 3rd, 2010
"When Governor Paterson proposed changes to the city's rent regulation laws, criticism poured in from both tenants' groups and landlords."

Privatization of Public Housing Shelved - for Now
by George LakoffTruthout
June 3rd, 2010
"The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) attempt to privatize all of America's public housing has been put on hold - for now. You played an important role. Thousands of you signed the petition and spread the word, so that those at the House Financial Services Committee hearing on May 25 understood what the stakes were."

Rent Control Board wants powers expanded
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 3rd, 2010
"CITY HALL — In a bid to significantly broaden the scope of tenant protections in Santa Monica, the Rent Control Board wants to bolster rules that protect against evictions and extend those protections to cover all tenants in the city, rather than just those who live in rent-controlled apartments."

E. Palo Alto voters could approve new rent control law Tuesday
by Jessica Bernstein-WaxMercury News
June 2nd, 2010
"At 22 years old, East Palo Alto's rent control law is no spring chicken — and city leaders, community groups and others are hoping voters will opt to strengthen and modernize it at the ballot box Tuesday."

HOUSING: Apartment markets improving, for landlords
by Eric WolffNorth County Times
June 1st, 2010
"Tenants may have lost some bargaining power in the San Diego County apartment market, as vacancy rates and average rents leveled off in the latest survey from the San Diego County Apartment Association."

Triumph of tenacity
by Rebecca BoweSan Francisco Bay Guardian
June 1st, 2010
"Nearly four years after City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against Frank and Walter Lembi and their dizzying array of companies affiliated with CitiApartments for 'an outrageous pattern of corporate lawlessness,' the powerful and notorious San Francisco landlords have watched their empire crumble."

Tenant Lawsuit Against Mega-Landlord Gains Steam
by Samia ShafiCity Limits
June 1st, 2010
"When The Pinnacle Group purchased the building where Kim Powell and her family were living in 1997, she and her family hoped their 19 years of housing woes might finally come to an end. Their dispute with the building's former owner had ended with a victory: a judge ordered their rent reduced $53 per month until necessary repairs were made. All they needed now was for Pinnacle to comply with that order, which is exactly what Powell says the company didn't do."

Ohio foreclosure legislation shelved until fall
by Aaron MarshallThe Plain Dealer
June 1st, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Foreclosure legislation is headed back into the freezer until fall.

Prop. F offers S.F. renters 'hardship' break
by Rachel GordonThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 1st, 2010
Tenants in San Francisco who lose their jobs or whose wages plummet at least 20 percent could be temporarily exempt from rent hikes, under a ballot measure that city voters will consider next week.

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