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Re: “Deadly Oakland Fire Ignites Tenant-Landlord Dispute

what happened with the tenants who did not make it out alive was the apt complex held accountable were there any settlements. my sister just recently died from an apt fire. insurance trying to dispose of the building which I am fighting them on and want to take criminal chargesa against
them

Posted by Karen D Marsh Brabham on 09/23/2016 at 2:41 AM

Re: “Oakland's Sweeping Plan for Parking

Oakland is definitely on the right track but based on some of the comments, it will take a while for folks to understand the approach. When I travel from my place in the Jack London District to downtown Berkeley or the UC campus I use public transit or park in one of the public garages. Yes, it is more expensive to park on the street. That's the idea! We do need to find more ways to get folks to/from BART. Easy for me to walk to Broadway and tale the free shuttle. All of the developers flocking to downtown Berkeley should be required to contribute to this service so it can be expanded. And it won't hurt folks to walk a few blocks. In fact, it's good exercise! Parking must also be "unbundled" from new development so it's not necessary to pay for a parking space that you might not use. The price we pay to provide "housing" for our car vehicles is absurd.

Posted by Vivian Kahn on 09/22/2016 at 11:09 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

In the 80's the City of Atlanta gave empty schools to non-profit organizations. Many artist hubs are still in these buildings today.

Posted by Elena Ronquillo on 09/22/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Tenant Advocates say Oakland Officials Delaying and Obstructing Rent Control Ballot Measure

Repeal Prop 13 and vote YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Oakland Seeks to Tighten Rent Control Rules

VOTE YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Seeks to Tighten Rent Control Rules

Newer landlords complaining about tenant protections and 'subsidies' should take a look at Prop 13.

It's time to repeal Prop 13, and give money back to our schools and infrastructure.
https://www.thenation.com/article/have-california-voters-finally-had-enough-of-prop-13/

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Danny Haber has a history of doing this to renters:

http://www.antievictionmap.com/danny-haber-and-alon-gutman/

In 2015, Housing activists awarded them as Eviction Profiteers Of The Year

The Negev follows failed sublettors such as Campus.com in their sharing/scalping approach to "communal" living. First using AirBnb, and later developing their own website, they take living spaces from some of the poorest residents of SRO hotels, as well as artists in Live/Work spaces, and plant tech workers in bunk beds in their place. Willing to break the law until stopped, they have been sued repeatedly by displaced tenants. The winds of the Negev are hot, and fires have been involved in displacing tenants at two of their managed properties. They have moved into Oakland as owners of the Travellers Hotel, and manager/sublettors of other properties.

The Graywood, 3308 Mission Street After Dipak Patel turned over management to the Negev Boys, the hotel burnt in a fire, along with the other buildings around it.

Mission Local

http://archives.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/residents-moving-out-of-violation-plagued-sf-tech-communes/Content?oid=2915078

http://mashable.com/2014/11/19/negev-co-op-lawsuit-san-francisco/#w0pcNo8KsOq2

1919 Market, Oakland - Live/work tenants were displaced in two days with help from Oakland City Building Department just after Haber’s 1919 Bayside LLC took over as property manager. Haber demolished the building without a demolition permit.

The Travellers Hotel, 392 11th St, Oakland - Tenants were offered buy-outs and some moved out when hotel was turned into a construction zone as rooms were remade into apartments. Elevator was taken out of commission in 6 story hotel that houses disabled residents.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

VOTE YES ON PROP JJ - Expanded renter protections. #protectoaklandrenters
We need to keep renters in their homes.
http://www.protectoaklandrenters.org/take-action
http://www.antievictionmap.com/
http://www.oaklandtenantsunion.org/protect-oakland-renters-yes-on-jj.html

Rents in Oakland are among the highest in the nation and people are being forced from their homes every month through illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions. We must act to reform and strengthen Oakland’s weak Rent Adjustment Program and expand Just Cause Eviction protections!

Rent control and just cause eviction protections aren't designed to punish landlords for running a legitimate business; they're simply the most effective way to keep Oaklanders in their homes and set common sense rules of the game - just like for any other business.

WHAT does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ is a game-changer in the way Oakland renters are protected from illegal rent increases and unjustified evictions.

Specifically, JJ will:

Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Today, illegal rent increases can only be stopped if a tenant files a petition within 60 days. Landlords are not otherwise responsible for following the law.

Expand Just Cause eviction protections to buildings constructed through 1995. The current date for protection is October 1980. This expansion would mean that thousands more units are covered and that evictions can only occur for a legal reason, and that relocation assistance must be paid.

Increase accountability and effectiveness of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program, in several important ways:

Require the City to mail out an annual notice of the Rent Adjustment Program and legal maximum rent increase. Currently, landlords are supposed to inform tenants of their rights. That doesn't work too well.

Create an online searchable database which will give tenant rights organizations, attorneys and advocates better access to badly needed data.

Require annual reporting to City Council of rent increases, eviction notices, and the activities of the Rent Adjustment Program.


WHO is behind the campaign?

The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters is made up of a coalition of community-based groups as diverse as Oakland:

Oakland Tenants Union
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
ACCE Action (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment)
EBASE (East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy)
APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network)
EBHO (East Bay Housing Organizations)
PolicyLink
California Nurses Association (CNA)
SEIU 1021

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Renter protection laws had nothing to do with the 'numerous festering code violations'. The landlords and the City of Oakland chose to ignore code violations. Now the City of Oakland chooses to ignore the scope of work exceeding the permits that were pulled. This is not an isolated issue.

Oakland Bldg Department has a history of ignoring code violations as soon as any permits are pulled. It's as though they are unaware of the Federal, State, and local laws they are responsible for enforcing.

Posted by Missy on 09/22/2016 at 9:51 AM

Re: “The Future of Feces

Wow. I have had ulcerative colitis for 30 years. I asked my GI Doctor about this. He said that right now the cost is prohibitive because my insurance company would not pay for the donor testing. How did you do it at home?

Posted by Claire G on 09/21/2016 at 8:23 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Thank you, Nastia, for documenting yet another great loss of authentic culture in Oakland...The article ends with there being only one sure thing: that until market forces change, Oakland's underground scene will also keep going into the ground...Well...there might be one other sure thing:

Oakland has deep roots in organizing!

And that is what we'll need to do to help remind our political leaders that "WHEN there is a will, there IS a way" to preserve our culture, to ensure affordability, and to prevent more displacement.

I lost our shared space when our rent went up 40% and also closed at the end of this July. But for the the past year, our neighborhood artists and business owners have been figuring out how we can create Cultural Arts Districts that might skip street banners and go straight to regulations and incentives that preserve what's unique about Oakland.

We're at the start of forming a city-wide effort to get these policies into place, like cultural zoning overlays and development guidelines for developers who, BTW, don't make much money on ground floor uses anyway, to really do something different to provide opportunity and access to spaces that remain affordable.

Plenty of other cities and states have succeeded. (SOHO and DUMBO are NOT good examples, but Seattle is doing something interesting!)

So 2 THINGS YOU CAN DO: please check out this petition that supports creating a cultural arts district in Uptown and asks the City to create a task force for Cultural Arts Districts for ALL NEIGHBORHOODS in Oakland. The more people who participate and get involved, the more chance we have at moving from policy recommendations to policy ACTION.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLS…

THEN:

The CA Arts Council is going around the state to get input from folks on how to roll out a statewide framework for Cultural Arts Districts! (How about that??) They're coming to Oakland:

Wed, October 5, 2016
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Youth Radio Arts Venue
1719 Broadway
Oakland, CA

It's FREE, bring your story and suggestions and register from this page.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/california-ar…

We can do this!

Hiroko (from the former 25th St. Collective)
for more info:

OaklandCulture@betterbayarea.org

Posted by HirokoKurihara on 09/21/2016 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

I am deeply concerned about what gentrification is doing to our city- the people and our cultures. I manager the Niebyl Proctor Community Library at 6501 Telegraph here in North Oakland. I would like to help with making our spaces available. We are a non-profit and we do charge a fraction of the rental rates around here. Feel free to reach out to us at (510) 595-7417 or (510) 290-5595 ask for Brotha Clark or Mama Cassie.

Posted by Cassandra Lopez on 09/21/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

NB: warehouses.

The bigger issue is where did the businesses go that built the warehouses? yeah, good on artists for moving in and taking advantage of that economic dislocation, but they sure don't employ as many people, and it always leads to the next wave of settlers. We didn't seem to see much bemoaning the loss of the carpet company or other occupants. Different class.

Anyone have a model for supporting arts that doesn't involve this same old cycle?

Posted by Ambierce Brose on 09/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

The building may have been neglected because of a long term plan to sell out but it is just as likely that so-called renter’s protection laws limited the owner’s ability to bring in the money to keep it up. Whether renters pay or not, whether they are “protected” by laws or not, No one is exempt from the rising price of housing – while mortgages MAY stay the same the prices of fees, taxes, utilities, contractors, bookkeepers, etc all rise and squeeze everyone.
Measure JJ will make things even more difficult to keep old properties up driving them into financial distress. Not to worry! Measure KK will allow Oakland to use bond money to buy up these properties and turn them into “affordable housing.” What is much more likely is that financially distressed properties will be sold to the highest bidder after becoming irredeemably dilapidated and they will be destroyed so that new construction can be built which is not subject to rent control – sound familiar? Obviously it is already happening, stricter rent control laws will only accelerate the process.

Posted by Ilona Nesmith Clark on 09/21/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

"We are the people falling thru the cracks
Our backs broken from bending over backwards,
We can't go forward
Fallin' behind the finish line
We the People time after time
Find ourselves displaced,
Misplaced,
Our future erased
The paper chase out ran us
We the People denied justice......"
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbi…

Please share OUR story. Art is the connection between the identity and language. Art is the history of a people's culture and ancestors. Artists need to be valued more. The attraction of outsiders to Oakland is due to the cultural spirit of artists that have created a spiritual/creative refuge for unheard voices. Displacing us is an act of spiritual warfare. Silence will not protect you.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WzTn-Wn1tvA

Posted by T.K. Butler on 09/21/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “City Told Developers to Fix Infamous West Oakland Artist Warehouse. Instead, They Demolished It.

Its bull@a!#. What are we going to do when are kids can't afford college and housing. ( wait that's right now...) what about when the jobs don't cover rent....and then they kick people out of homes to make parking spots for people who don't live in the city.

Posted by Diallo McLinn on 09/21/2016 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

This is happening in Austin as well. Any city that has a well-defined arts 'scene' has seen their creative existence used as a marketing scheme by the city, as a sales perk by real estate agents, and as a 'cool quotient' seal of approval by developers. Developers move in, add housing for the moneyed looking to live in an "edgy" part of town, the property taxes rise and the landlords need to adjust their rents accordingly.

Landlords who had a relaxed attitude towards their renters were often just happy to have steady rent in an unsteady part of town, once the property value goes up, the rent increases. Blaming increasing rents on simple greed is an easy way out.
Look to the city officials who are allowing developers to steer the ship and tax offices that base property taxes on popularity rather than actual value.

Although the internet allows many of us to work at a distance, it's cold comfort for the up and coming artists who have been forced out of the neighborhoods they helped to create in order to preserve their own financial stability.

This happens everywhere on a continuous basis. A great book on the subject is called Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Postindustrial City. This is not the first time artists have faced this crisis of development, and
it's not the last.

Posted by Elle Green on 09/21/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

Where are the rave displacement mitigation funds we were promised, Kaplan? Where will us second wave gentrifiers drop enough MDMA to kill horse if not in low density warehouses?

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 09/21/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Months Later, Still No Charges Against Oakland Cops Who Sexually Exploited Celeste Guap

Once again, Oakland police dept shows why they can't get from under the leash on them from the infamous riders case. It's a shame those crooked cops/thugs with badges escaped conviction in those cases, but the criminals on the witness stand appeared less credible than the ones with badges.
I know because I worked with ALL of them at one time or another. It's a shame that at least one of them was able to get hired by another department. Indio must've lowered their standards for him.
Anyway, I couldn't agree with previous comments more, aside from opd being a decent place to work. It's OK if you keep your nose clean and spend off time with real friends and family.

Posted by Charlie 2 on 09/21/2016 at 8:42 AM

Re: “The Vanishing Underground: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is Also Displacing its Arts and Music Counterculture

COME TO BROOKLYN NY. WHOLE SECTIONS ARE BEING CHANGED. THE PEOPLE WHO HAS FOR YEARS BUILT RELATIONSHIPS A COMMUNITY DISAPPEARING. DE BLASIO BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING...FOR WHO..NOT THE LOWER INCOME. NOT THE DISHWASHER WAITER CASHIER PORTERS. IT TAKES TWO INCOMES TOO MAKE ONE.IF YOU HAVE A CHILD.. THAT'S NOT EVEN ENOUGH...READ ABT THE YOUNG MAN (NYT)THAT LIVES IN A CRAWL SPACE OVER A THEATRICAL BUILDING IN BROOKLYN.

Posted by Oceanview on 09/21/2016 at 7:32 AM

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