The Berkeley City Council is considering revisions to the Demolition Ordinance which would make it easy to tear down rent controlled apartments – and any other building in Berkeley!
In June 2013, a compromise draft of revisions to the existing Demolition law (BMC23C.08) went to the City Council. Since then, each new draft of the law is worse for Berkeley, and Berkeley tenants in particular, than the last. The Sierra Club, NAACP, Neighborhoods Council, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Assn. and East Bay Community Law Center are also speaking out against these new drafts. BTU asks that any change require one-for-one replacement of rent controlled housing with units affordable to low income residents – The Housing Advisory Committee and the Berkeley Rent Board agree.
Please Sign Our Online Petition:
Email us at info at berkeley tenants dot org to help with this campaign.
BTU’s recent letter to the Planning Commission offers a comprehensive summary of the process to date:
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Assn. (BAHA)
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) letter
Berkeley Neighborhoods Council (BNC)
Berkeley Neighborhoods Council Shirley Dean letter
Housing Advisory Commission (HAC)
East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
East Bay Community Law Center letter
Current Demolition Ordinance:
“Worse” August 30 draft:
Demolishing older, affordable rentals to replace them with luxury apartments is a national trend: