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Political History Of WeHo Part One
by Steve
December 3rd, 2009
Twenty-five years ago, skyrocketing rents and the resulting displacement of many residents was what inspired a drive to incorporate the The City of West Hollywood.

Eviction Threat Drives Man to Suicide, His Mother to Despair
by Ken HuSing Tao Daily
December 3rd, 2009
Facing an Ellis Act eviction a San Francisco man committed suicide last year. Now his mother faces eviction. Driven by the huge profits, the model of purchasing a building-turning it to TIC- evicting tenants using the Ellis Act is increasingly common in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

North Beach Eviction Wave Proceeds Despite Real Estate Slump
by Paul HogarthBeyond Chron
December 3rd, 2009
The real estate downturn may have caused prices to dip, but it has not stopped the waves of Ellis Act evictions hitting the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

Rental-rate ruling could have ripple effect in SF
by Melissa GriffinSand Francisco Examiner
December 3rd, 2009
A recent court case — Palmer/Sixth Street Properties v. City of Los Angeles — likely invalidated certain below market rental requirements in more than 100 localities across the state, including San Francisco.

War of values
by Danelle MortonSan Francisco Magazine
December 2nd, 2009
An epic battle has been raging over who can afford to live in San Francisco. The paper trail reveals that the city’s dominant landlords, the Lembi family of CitiApartments fame, bought up every building they could get their hands on, from the Tenderloin’s rattiest dumps to Nob Hill’s ritziest penthouses, with an audacious plan to drive up everyone’s rent. And their money came from the same financial geniuses who brought the world economy to its knees.

Tenants' Rights Flashcards
TED Fellows
December 2nd, 2009
A TED fellow collaborates with Tenants & Neighbors in NYC to develop and design a boxed set of 30 flash cards on tenants' rights.

Statement on the President's Jobs Summit
by Dean BakerTruthout
December 2nd, 2009
In a statement regarding President Obama's upcoming job summit, Dean Baker calls for right to rent for homeowners facing foreclosure.

NBA Insider: Around the Hardwood
by NBA InsiderUSA Today
December 2nd, 2009
USA Today's NBA Insider gives mention to Tenants Together's campaign to hold NBA Team owner and mega-landlord, Donald Sterling accountable for race-based housing discrimination.

Board to Vote on Bringing “Just Cause” to All SF Renters
by Liam FrostBeyond Chron
December 2nd, 2009
Next week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Committee will vote on an ordinance to extend “just cause” evictions to all rental units. Currently eviction protections in San Francisco only apply to buildings built before 1979.

Very low-income housing hard to find, study shows
by Lori WeisbergSan Diego Union-Tribune
December 1st, 2009
As the economic downturn worsened last year, the nation’s poorest households found it increasingly difficult to find housing they could afford, according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. In 2007, there were 24 affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income California renters.

Protesters Demand East Palo Alto City Council Intervene in Landlord Dispute
by R. Robertson IndyBay
December 1st, 2009
East Palo Alto residents surrounded city council members as they attempted to enter City Hall tonight. Residents of Page Mill Properties and their supporters rallied in front of the building, formed a huddle, and created a game plan to secure the support of council members in the tenants' long battle against mega-landlord Page Mill.

Battle for mobile home rent control in Goleta
by Kathy MarilloKCSB Radio
December 1st, 2009
KCSB radio reports on the struggle to save mobilehome rent control in Goleta where torture memo author and 9th Circuit Judge Bybee ruled a mobilehome rent control ordinance was a regulatory taking. Listen to the podcast of the report.

County wins suit to protect mobile home rent control, for now
by By Kurtis AlexanderSanta Cruz Sentinel
December 1st, 2009
A Superior Court handed Santa Cruz County a boost in its widely-watched effort to protect rent-controlled mobile home parks saying that county leaders have flexibility when deciding if a park owner can sell off a park's rented parcels and establish a condominium-type arrangement instead.

San Jacinto asks for annexation hearing to be postponed
by GAIL WESSONPress-Enterprise
November 30th, 2009
The city of San Jacinto requested a delay to finalize details of a rent control agreement with owners of Country Lake Mobile Home Park, which would be included in a prposed annexation of about 500 acres.

Ruling jeopardizes some affordable housing laws
by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff WriterSan Francisco Chronicle
November 27th, 2009
Late last month, the California Supreme Court declined to review and therefore let stand a controversial lower court decision precluding the city of Los Angeles from enforcing affordable housing rules on a new apartment development.

Rents rising in the city
by Melanie HickenGlendale News Press
November 27th, 2009
Average advertised rental rates in Glendale rose as much as 8% during a three-month period in spring, even as other cities saw their rents decrease, according to a city report.

WeHo built on rent control
by Larry
November 27th, 2009
Larry Gross of Coalition for Economic Survival looks back at the founding of the city of West Hollywood, a city that was created to save and strengthen rent control.

Council debates protections for tenants
by by Daniel DeBolt Mountain View Voice
November 26th, 2009
Under a proposal for dealing with displaced low income tenants being considered by the Mountain View City Council, certain landlords would be required to help tenants relocate when a rental is demolished, redeveloped or converted to condos.

Housing crisis in U.S. getting worse
Trends and Predictions Blog
November 25th, 2009
After a six-city tour of the United States, Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing reports that many tenants and homeowners in the United States are spending 80%, and upwards, of their income on housing. See the video from RT News.

The Donald Sterling Rule: All Bad Deeds Go Unpunished
by Jon WeinbachFanhouse
November 25th, 2009
Despite a long history of bad behavior including what the U.S. Department of Justice called "willful" mistreatment of African American and Latino tenants, the National Basketball Association has refused to discipline or comment on team owner Donald Sterling's misdeeds.

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