Tag: Acheson Commons

Update: Demo To Planning Commission

On July 2, the Berkeley City Council voted to postpone discussion of controversial changes to the Zoning law known as the Demolition Ordinance. We now have time to really influence the final form of this regulation. Public outcry led the

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Zoning Changes Bad for All

Please join us tonight, when controversial rules about tearing down rent controlled buildings will be before Berkeley’s City Council. The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Berkeley Neighborhoods Council, and Sierra Club joined with the East Bay Community Law Center, Berkeley Rent

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Policy Change Will Lead to Evictions

The Berkeley City Council is considering revisions to the Demolition Ordinance which would make it easy to tear down rent controlled apartments – if they are empty! This will lead to evictions and tenant harassment. Suddenly on June 11, the

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Acheson Commons Update:
Good News!

We won! Thanks to a couple dozen folks who wrote the Zoning Board, a sound position from the Rent Board, a good letter from the East Bay Community Law Center, and some very strong leadership by Zoning Commissioner Sophie Hahn,

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Berkeley Tenants in the News

► This week’s fire at the Nash Hotel should remind us that the tenants from the buildings that burned on Telegraph Avenue and Dwight Way in late 2011 are still fighting to get their due. Replacements for both buildings are

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Zoning Board to Make Ruling Thursday

As discussed at the potluck, Acheson Commons is before the Zoning Board Thursday. BTU is asking members to write, and members who wrote before to ask a friend to write! We have sent a detailed letter about our position. See

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Recent Action: Update on Acheson Commons

In general, activists’ response led to deeper discussion of the issues but we need ALL members to respond to these action requests if we are to impact policy and decisions! The Zoning Adjustments Board continued the appeal of Equity Residential’s

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URGENT ACTION REQUESTED: NO REPLACEMENT FOR DEMOLISHED RENT CONTROLLED UNITS?

Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board voted unanimously to approve Acheson Commons in December – but their vote included allowing a dangerous new interpretation of Berkeley’s Demolition Ordinance which will certainly lead to future evictions in Berkeley! Please write them NOW! Thursday

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