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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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Measure U1 Landlord Tax Update

BPOA employee says U1 funds being misdirected. “Tuesday night, they approved an “emergency” ordinance to buy the old Premier Cru building complex on University Avenue for $6.65 million. They want to use the site for future City Council chambers and

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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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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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ORGANIZE!

Your Berkeley Tenants Union’s quarterly members meeting will be March 30th. It is open to all members, and you can join BTU at the meeting if you are willing to sign our member pledge. Contact us for more information. The

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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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Good News!

Code Enforcement Item Passes at City Council Jesse Arreguin’s item asking for changes to Berkeley’s Rental Housing Safety Program passed on the consent calendar after being postponed for several meetings. Of course, the item doesn’t yet set policy, it just

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Berkeley Mayor Advised Big Landlords to Form PAC

A special edition of the Berkeley Property Owners Association newsletter came out in early July, announcing their plans to spend at least half a million dollars each year to fund the Berkeley Rental Housing Coalition. Their announcement begins: “Since the

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Oakland: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back?

Refusal to repair can be considered harassment in Oakland, but before you get too jealous that Oakland finally got an Anti-Harassment Law – there is a BIG catch: tenants will have to enforce the law by suing landlords – the

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