East Palo Alto Residents Ask Council to Oust Manager
by Bonnie Eslinger
, San Jose Mercury News
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto residents asked the City Council there to find a new City Manager, charging that the present City Manager lacks a commitment to the City's rent law and local control of public safety, the two issues that led to residents forming the City 33 years ago.
East Palo Alto to Seek New City Manager
by Sue Dremann
, Palo Alto Online
July 15th, 2014
East Palo Alto's City Council has decided to replace Magda Gonzalez as City Manager there. Tenants Together argued that she was too close to East Palo Alto's major landlord, and she advocated contracting out the City's police services.
Council Approves Three Housing Measures for November Ballot
by Jonathan Friedman
, Santa Monica Lookout
July 11th, 2014
Three measures on the ballot in Santa Monica will address housing issues. One would allow rent board fees to rise, and another would increase the real estate transfer fee. The third, an advisory vote, would use money from the real estate transfer fee to fund affordable housing.
Linkage Fees Proposed to Double
by Roger Showley
, U-T San Diego
July 9th, 2014
A proposed "compromise" on commercial development fees would produce fewer than 100 units of affordable housing in San Diego, where some 46,000 households lack affordable housing. Housing activists there oppose the proposal.
Goldman Sachs is my Landlord
by Carmen Perez-Lanzac and Elisa Silio
, El Pais
July 4th, 2014
Spain's government is requiring that local authorities sell off public housing there, and the investment groups purchasing them are taking action to maximize their profits.
Panel Backs Increase of One Percent
by Mireya Navarro
, New York Times
June 23rd, 2014
New York City's Rent Board allowed a rent increase of one percent for rent-stabilized units, even though the Board's own analysis showed that previous rent increases had allowed landlords excess profits for several years.
Does Living in Affordable Housing Lower IQ?
by Laura Kiesel
, Main Street
June 19th, 2014
Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that children in families paying more than 30% of income for rent have an increased chance of cognitive difficulties. The study also found that children in families paying very low rent also suffered such difficulties because their families lived in very distressed neighborhoods.
Judge Nixes Airbnb Subletter's Eviction
by Julia Marsh and Kevin Fasick
, New York Post
June 18th, 2014
A New York City judge has ruled that a tenant has not committed an incurable breach of the lease by renting to Airbnb guests. However, the landlord can demand that she stop doing so in the future.
Post-Foreclosure Evictions Haunt Some Renters
by Mary Ellen Podmolik
, Chicago Tribune
June 15th, 2014
Some tenants who were evicted after their landlords faced foreclosure have difficulty finding new housing, as an eviction shows on their credit record. Many states have laws that require that records of those tenant evictions be sealed, but often this does not happen.
Curtis Park Tax Credit Issue Resolved
by Ben van der Meer
, Sacramento Business Journal
June 11th, 2014
Sacramento's City Council decided to withdraw one of the Housing Authority's request for tax credit funding, so that the Curtis Park Village project could obtain the tax credits. Curtis Park Village will have a small number of affordable units, but the project would fail without the tax credits, according to the developer.
Blighted Homes Linger in L.A., Frustrating Neighbors
by Tim Logan and Doug Smith, with Sandra Poindexter
, Los Angeles Times
June 10th, 2014
Bank owners of foreclosed properties in Los Angeles are not maintaining their properties, and often do not provide contact information for city officials and neighbors with complaints about blighted properties.
Eviction by 'Rent-a-Cop'
by Rebecca Burns
, Beyond Chron
June 3rd, 2014
Illinois legislation would allow tenants to be evicted from their homes by private 'rent-a-cop' services, and would allow evictions during extremely cold weather.
Poll Shows Narrow Support for Affordable Housing Tax
by David Mark Simpson
, Santa Monica Daily Press
June 3rd, 2014
The Santa Monica City Council will discuss placing legislation on the November ballot that would increase the real estate transfer tax to fund affordable housing. The tax itself requires only a majority vote, but allocating the monies raised to affordable housing would require that 2/3 of voters support the tax.
Piedmont: City Proceeds on Housing Element
by Linda Davis
, Contra Costa Times
May 14th, 2014
The Piedmont Planning Commission claims to have produced at least some of the affordable housing required by the state. But of the 40 units mandated in the last Housing Element, only 23 were built. Of those 23 units, 12 were secondary units intended for an au pair or family members of the homeowner.