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Elena Kagan – Friend of Renters?
by Dean PrestonBeyond Chron
June 15th, 2010
"In 1987, Elena Kagan, as clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, stood up for rent control, characterizing a challenge to its constitutionality as “absurd” and “outrageous.” In the mid-1990s, Kagan, as counsel to President Bill Clinton, authored a memo supporting a landlords’ right to discriminate based on marital status."

City Council moves ahead with expanded protections for SM renters
by Nick TaborekSanta Monica Daily Press
June 14th, 2010
"CITY HALL — A plan that would strengthen rules that protect against evictions and extend protections to tenants who live in non rent-controlled units got the City Council's initial approval last week, a step that could pave the way for the proposals to appear on a citywide ballot in November."

Lopez Bill Would Extend Rent Regulation Laws Seven Years
by Eliot BrownThe New York Observer
June 11th, 2010
"New York's rent regulations, set to expire June 2011, would be extended in their current form by seven years in a bill introduced Thursday in the State Assembly."

Laborers evicted over nitrates in drinking water still living in substandard Pescadero housing
by Julia ScottMercury News
June 11th, 2010
"As many as 60 farm laborers and their families are still living in substandard trailers and barracks in Pescadero, 29 days after they were evicted because of excessive nitrates in their drinking water. The county has no plan to find them new housing or seek a court order requiring the farm owner to make immediate repairs to the most serious health and safety hazards."

Fate of S.F.'s Parkmerced complex in limbo
by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff WriterThe San Francisco Chronicle
June 11th, 2010
"The owners of San Francisco's massive Parkmerced apartment complex recently made what sounded like a surprising statement. They were in danger of defaulting on a $500 million mortgage, but planned to move forward with a $1.2 billion, multi-decade expansion project on the property."

Rental foreclosures: The new homelessness
by Andy DriscollTwin Cities Daily Planet
June 10th, 2010
"Record-breaking foreclosures continue apace across the country - and in Minnesota, but, despite laws designed to help tenants avoid premature eviction, renters are getting taken for a ride by banks and realtors who want them out of their homes and units so the properties can be turned over for a profit much sooner than the law allows."

New Lease On Life For Failed Condo Conversions
by David SuttaCBS Local
June 9th, 2010
"It appears real estate investors have a new competitor in the condo market. The city of Miami Beach. The city is now purchasing entire buildings and turning them into affordable housing. And wait to you hear how cheap they plan to rent the luxury units."

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."

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