Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Must Reads: Legislation Moves Forward to Limit Tenant Evictions; Another Poll Shows Rebecca Kaplan Leading Mayoral Race — If She Enters

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. Two San Francisco state lawmakers are pushing forward with legislation that seeks to limit the increasing number of tenant evictions in California, the Chron reports. The twin bills by state Senator Mark Leno and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano would amend a state law, known as the Ellis Act, which allows wealthy speculators to purchase apartment buildings, evict the tenants, and then quickly resell them. More than 300 households were evicted in San Francisco last year under the law.

Rebecca Kaplan
  • Rebecca Kaplan
2. Yet another poll is showing that Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan would be the favorite in this year’s mayoral election, if she were to enter the race. The Chron reports that the poll, which was commissioned by Councilmember Libby Schaaf’s campaign, shows Kaplan in first with 18 percent of the vote, followed by Schaaf at 16 percent, and Mayor Jean Quan in third with 10 percent. This is the second poll showing that Kaplan would be the frontrunner if she were to get in. The new poll, however, also revealed that a whopping 41 percent of city voters remain undecided. The poll had Joe Tuman in fourth with 8 percent, Dan Siegel in fifth with 6 percent, and Bryan Parker in sixth with 4 percent.

3. If the Golden State Warriors build a $1 billion arena on the San Francisco waterfront, expect ticket prices to skyrocket, the Chron reports. Ticket prices may jump more than 30 percent, raising questions as to whether longtime fans who have consistently sold out the Oakland Arena will be able to afford to go to games in San Francisco.

4. The family of an emotionally impaired San Lorenzo man who was shot dead in his own home by Alameda County Sheriff's deputies last week blasted the department for creating a lethal confrontation with him, the Chron reports.

5. BART resumed service to commuters east of the Pleasant Hill station after a train derailment forced closure of the line for much of the weekend, the Chron reports.

6. And Northern California likely will be hit with two rainstorms later this week, but the rain won't have much impact on the state’s drought problems, the Chron reports.

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