Tag: Berkeley City Council

Owner Move-In Evictions

On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council will consider a request from the Rent Board to place a measure on the November 2016 ballot to update the Rent Ordinance. Because that law was passed by the voters, it can only be

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Final Vote on AirBnB May 31

The Berkeley City Council may finally pass some Short Term Rental (STR) laws on Tuesday, May 31. The problem for tenants is that city staff won’t enforce the existing ban on STRs until Council makes the new laws, yet the

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Election Update

BALLOT MEASURE CONTROVERSY A draft of the ballot measure BTU supports will be reviewed by City Council on May 31. The Berkeley landlords submitted their ballot measure petition to the City Clerk today. Now the Clerk will check a sample

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Do Not Sign!

Remember Robin Hood? Berkeley tenants tried to put a measure on the 2014 ballot to tax the rich and build homes for the poor. It didn’t work out. But in 2016, Berkeley progressives of various stripes all joined together in

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Good News: Community Survey

by guest author Rob Wrenn The City of Berkeley’s March 2016 Community Survey has now been released and it contains good news for advocates for increased funding for affordable housing. Given a choice of 12 issues, “Building affordable housing” was

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Zoning Board to discuss demolition of large, rent-controlled building Thursday June 25

BTU Appealed This Demolition — City Council November 17 The proposed demolition at 2631 Durant includes 18 rent controlled units which have traditionally been 100% occupied by students and were occupied until May 2014. This is the building next door to

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News from Sacramento

Ellis Act Update Mark Leno’s Ellis Act reform bill (SB1439) was amended so only San Francisco tenants will be protected if the law passes. Yet tenants all over California are rallying to support long-time renters who face a dire situation

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Upcoming and Updates

Redistricting Referendum: Tuesday February 25 The referendum passed, with over 150 volunteers collecting 7,500 signatures over the holidays. Now, the Referendum Coalition needs support at the City Council meeting Tuesday February 25. If you can’t attend, please email Clerk@cityofberkeley.info to

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NOVEMBER 19 – D-Day for Tenants

Berkeley City Council is supposed to discuss three major policy changes concerning tenants THIS TUESDAY. There is a move to require owners of unsafe buildings to retrofit for earthquakes and another to allow tenants to be evicted for smoking cigarettes

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Affordable Housing Bill on Governor’s Desk

Governor Jerry Brown is not a fan of inclusionary zoning, the principle way cities like Berkeley have met state mandates to build affordable housing. As Mayor of Oakland, Brown’s 2010 vote insured that our neighbor was the only major municipality

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