Tag: Alameda

Tenants Win Berkeley Elections!

Like progressives all over America, Berkeley voters are sad, angry and frightened about the national election results. However, we have a lot to celebrate at home, and can look forward to once again leading these United States in progressive, humane,

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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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Updates and News

Short Term Rentals held over by Berkeley City Council until Thursday July 7. BTU will post an update in a couple of days regarding the Mayor’s last-minute introduction of a proposed contract with Airbnb. Durant Demolition approved under new demolition

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News and Updates

2016 Tenant Convention Your tenants union has convened other progressive leaders to begin planning the 2016 convention to elected a pro-tenant slate for Rent Board. If you are interesting in running for election to the Board, or in helping to

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In the News

Balcony Lawsuit Says Owners Knew About Problems If we had the proactive inspections program the City Council will discuss on December 1, then this tragedy may have been prevented. “The lawsuit claims that Segue used cheaper materials to construct the

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Everybody Wants Rent Control Update

Despite the bad news from Richmond, folks all over the Bay, the State – even the World – are clamoring for an end to extreme profits and astronomical rent increases. The owners have kept us on the defensive for three

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Four Housing Issues at City Council May 26

City Council continues discussion on #1 (Airbnb) on June 9.   1) CHANGE Council Item 21: Short-Term Rental Regulations: This Tuesday, Berkeley City Council will outline their directive for legalizing short-term rentals in Berkeley. Right now, rentals of less than

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Everybody Wants Rent Control!

Did you know most states prohibit rent control? Or that here in California rent control is not allowed, only rent stabilization? Plus, the State of California won’t let any local jurisdiction put any building built after 1995 under any form

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Update: Seismic Safety – Mandatory Retrofit Hearings Scheduled

Tenants are urged to speak out about paying for these earthquake safety improvements. Wednesday, August 7th 7pm Disaster and Fire Safety Commission Fire Department Training Facility 997 Cedar Street @ 8th Street Monday, August 26th, 7pm Rent Stabilization Board Council

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Update: Seismic Safety – Mandatory Retrofits

BTU is very focused on Seismic Safety this summer. San Francisco passed a mandatory retrofit law that allows landlords to pass the costs of seismic upgrades to their tenants; it has been reported that the average rent increase there will

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