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No Decision on Demolition Appeal

Berkeley Tenants and the students of the ASUC filed an appeal last summer to stop the demolition of 18 rent-controlled units on Durant. Berkeley’s City Council finally heard the appeal on December 1st, but just sent the decision back to

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BTU Members Meeting

Berkeley Tenants Union will hold our quarterly member potluck on Wednesday July 8th. There will be free tenant counseling from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, updates on demolitions and short term rentals regulations, and a roundtable discussion about enforcement of safety

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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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CALL TO ACTION!

We at the Berkeley Tenants Union need your support on Tuesday, December 9 at the City Council meeting. First, Council are considering a suggestion to tax the benefits of rent control on any long time tenant the government decides is

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Demo to Planning Wednesday

DATE: November 5, 2013 TO: Planning Commissioners RE: Demolition Ordinance SUMMARY: Please preserve affordable housing by again recommending the June 4 compromise on the Demolition Ordinance. Please find attached our petition — with 270 signatures. Respected Planning Commissioners: The Berkeley

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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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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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