Author: Katherine Harr

Save Our State: Yes on 10

Yes on Prop 10 Repeal Costa-Hawkins Prop 10 is the most important ballot measure renters in California have voted on in decades! If y’all want to save what is left of Berkeley, or San Francisco, or Oakland or even LA,

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Rent Control for All!

Tuesday the City Council will vote on a proposed ballot measure updating the rent laws to prepare Berkeley for a world without Costa-Hawkins. One of the major changes is that buildings build after 1980 could be rent controlled! Right now,

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Winter Update

Affordable Housing Forum January 21 BTU, in conjunction with Berkeley Citizens Action, Progressive Student Association, and CalSERVE, are hosting an event on affordable housing, with guest speakers including Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Councilmember Kate Harrison, and Rent Board Commissioner Leah Simon-Weisberg.

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Berkeley Housing Policy Update

Measure U1 Debate Continued The Berkeley City Council carried items about spending Measure U1 money to their July 25 meeting. See Items 48, 50 and 51 on that agenda. http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Clerk/City_Council/City_Council__Agenda_Index.aspx The State of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a renter

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News and Updates

BTU Calls For Landlords to Be Fined for Campaign Violations, Again On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Berkeley’s Fair Campaign Practices Commission (FCPC) would not decide to enforce the Berkeley Election Reform Act. Commissioner Dean Metzger asked that the staff report

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Airbnb Threatens Lawsuit, City Council Backs Down Fast

Businesses do not like to be regulated. In fact, Airbnb sued San Francisco, Santa Monica, and New York City quite some time ago about the same issue they have now threatened to sue Berkeley about – yet in all the

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Final Showdown on Short Term Rentals Law

Short Term Rentals to new City Council January 24th There are two proposals before the Council tomorrow. One would allow folks who have been breaking the law by renting their “in-law” unit to visitors to continue to do so while

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No-Fault Eviction Relocation Funds

It’s a funny thing law makers have to deal with: the people! Anything approved by the voters can only be changed by the voters. We out-rank the City Council, the Rent Board, even the state legislature. However, this also ties

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Everyone Wants Rent Control!

Six Bay Area Cities Have Ballot Measures http://www.mercurynews.com/census/ci_30089584/mountain-view-residents-push-historically-elusive-rent-control Getting Renters to Vote Might Be the Heart https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/10/06/is-rent-control-fair-the-question-at-the-heart-of-the-debate/ Tenants Are Really Getting Together http://www.tenantstogether.org/updates/5-cities-going-november-2016-ballot-rent-control Landlords Tell the Same Old Lies http://www.beyondchron.org/landlords-recycle-rent-control-falsehoods/ Alameda Arguments on CPI – Truth http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/09/21/alj-letters-0923/ Santa Rosa Gets

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Mayor Adds Last-Minute Twist

After a year of public hearings and debate, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates is proposing to change the Short Term Rentals law which Berkeley City Council passed on May 31. Every law in Berkeley must be voted on twice, and in

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