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Re: “Tenants Win Big Fraud Case Against Landlord

Unfortunately, in Texas, which is a Landlord State, is the worst for tenants. I live in San Antonio, aka, little Mexico....which is what landlords / scumlords, like, they can abuse the tenant with little or no recourse. I was illegally evicted for in good faith contacting HUD. Never late with my rent or any lease violations. I was discriminated, harassed, and retaliated against not only by management, but by HUD as well, who contacted the management before contacting me, which started the retaliation. I was physically assaulted as well. I was given 3 days to vacate which is a violation of HUD's lease and Texas Property Codes. The Courts didn't care and ruled in favor of the Plainitiffs, who apparently colluded with the Judges. Since the Plaintiffs had no case against me, they based their whole case on perjury....which I took to Gov. investigators to investigate and hopefully prosecute. HUD is just as much at fault for contacting the Respondents / Plaintiffs in advance of me, in addition to having only Hispanic Fair Housing investigators who voiced his distain for Anglos and a bias for the Respondents / Plaintiffs because they are Hispanic. I'm not able to find a tenant atty...they're for landlords. The few organizations for legal aid are so backed logged, it's impossible to get any help. If any attorney is reading this and knows of an Attorney in Texas that would be willing to help....please have them leave a post with name, phone #. There is money to be had: Appeal due to Fraud (Perjury); Landlord Harassment (approx. 11 incidences including the eviction and assault); Retaliatory Eviction; Motion for Sanctions; Elder Abuse. Thank you!!

Posted by Artefact on 12/17/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Plan to Ship Coal Through Oakland Was Years in the Making

How are Phil Tagami, former Port of Oakland Commissioner, Jerry Bridges former Port of Oakland Executive Director, and Omar "strip club" Benjamin former Port of Oakland Executive Director all involved in raking in the money developing at the Port of Oakland? Did they set themselves up while in their positions at the Port? Maybe the City of Oakland can look into setting up some kind of time limit before former Commissioners and Exec. Directors and such can get involved in such developments at the Port. How about 15 years? May save them money in lawsuits in the future.

Posted by Jean Parks on 12/17/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Sounds like what the new property owner is doing is legal. Whether or not it is ethical depends on your perspective. But keep in mind that if she really did pay over $700k, she has high overhead and may not be able to afford to be a mini-welfare state for her renter. The cost of housing is very high. Oakland's property taxes took a jump this year thanks to Measure JJ and others - 5.!% in the case of my dad's house; and EBMUD just raised their rates almost 10% and will raise again next year. Compare that to the annual allowable rent raise which rose this year to a generous 2.3%. Housing is expensive and someone has to pay one way or another.

Posted by Ilona Clark on 12/15/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Why would protesting in front of a bakeshop who employs a landlord make sense? Jennifer the owner of sweet Adelines is a pillar of the south Berkeley community

Posted by Jeff Diamond on 12/15/2017 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Plan to Ship Coal Through Oakland Was Years in the Making

A wealthy businessman wants to ship COAL?! to Oakland? WTF. Seriously, this is one of the most progressive areas in the U.S., has he no shame? Is the almighty dollar worth more to him than the health of our city, our kids, HIS kids? wow. What is wrong with the wealthy elite these days? oh right.

Posted by Yaelisa Caminos Flamencos on 12/15/2017 at 1:20 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

I used to be a student until it became too expensive, said Natalia Morphy, 25, who dropped out of SF State last spring and became a dog walker. The upper echelons of society are making it harder and harder for people to educate themselves and make it to the 1 per cent.

https://www.ft.com/content/1997ca6a-107c-1…

Natalia, your dream of almost joining the 1% will soon be realized AND you get to contribute to the homeless problem. Don't worry, neoliberal/Randians like Ernest Montague will wave his pom-poms in full support.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 12/14/2017 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

So someone, please, instruct me on why a landlord has a deep moral obligation to rent their property at minimal rents for the lifespan of the tenant. I'd love to know.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/14/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Plan to Ship Coal Through Oakland Was Years in the Making

Thank you for clarifying the City's main argument that it has the legal right to protect the health and safety of Oakland's residents. Asthma rates are high enough in West Oakland without adding coal dust.

Posted by Judy.Belcher on 12/14/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Plan to Ship Coal Through Oakland Was Years in the Making

Thank you for this article. This record appears to confirm a longtime plot to stick us with coal dust. Hard to understand, since Mr. Tagami's children live here too, albeit higher up the hill than do those most seriously affected.

Posted by Naomi_Schiff on 12/13/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Elizabeth, you may want to actually read and comprehend the article before trying to form a mob to harass a business where Morphy doesn't work anymore.

"As it turned out, that Tuesday was Natalia Morphys last day at Sweet Adeline."

EBX, really? Why is that kind of comment allowed?

Posted by amy badore on 12/12/2017 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

There doesn't seem to be an easy solution to gentrification. Both tenants and landlords are between a rock and a hard place. The fast-paced rising cost of living in the Bay Area has left working class citizens unable to keep up. At the same time it's unfair to demand that a mom-and-pop landlord subsidize the cost of living for a tenant for the rest of their life. The only solution to this problem is to build high rises in places with high demand. The Bay Area needs to move away from single family homes and three story buildings just like New York. However, some NIMBY folk oppose this type of development.

Posted by Sergio Maciel on 12/12/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Wouldn't it be interesting if my neighbors and I made a big stink of this in front of Sweet Adeline's every single day until/unless Morphy were convinced to do the right & moral & human thing?

Posted by elizabeth.august1 on 12/12/2017 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Measure JJ didn't go far enough to amend Just Cause in 2016. Hopefully we can get a ballot measure together in 2018 to Close the Loopholes, most notably this one.

Morphy and her family are assailants in the current class war raging in our neighborhoods, primarily against low-income black and brown folks. While this case is high-profile, hundreds of others have been perpetrated silently in North Oakland. With the current tenants' rights framework, tenants are at an extreme disadvantage against landlords.

The heart of the matter is deeper than gentrification; one must look at the not-so-subtle racism in Oakland's ordinances, and the structures that allow for ongoing oppression and removal of poor folks from their homes and the communities that support them.

By utilizing the racist and classist tools available to them, Morphy and family become, in practice, racist and classist. Regardless of whether they succeed in these two unethical evictions, that should be their cross to bear in Oakland moving forward.

Posted by Jonah Strauss 1 on 12/11/2017 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

This is an outrage. It deters people from getting help. Yes, there is crime in Oakland. So let them die?? We need to encourage people to seek help, not threaten them. Some cities have made polices that people reporting drug overdoses will not be questioned due to the fact that people were letting their friends die out of fear of obtaining medical help.
And by the way, the Bay Area is high crime.Highland is Oakland's general hospital. Yes black people live here. That does not make patients more dangerous or less worthy.

Posted by Oakland Proud on 12/11/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Marcus Books Is Making a Comeback

Its called gentrification, not black flight.

Posted by Michie on 12/09/2017 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Oakland Has Yet to Spend Soda Tax Funds

Some of my low information customers blamed this tax on Trump instead of blaming their fellow citizens for voting it in.
As for Oakland screwing up its implementation, who is surprised by that?

Posted by Kevin Seay on 12/06/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Oakland Has Yet to Spend Soda Tax Funds

Read the study. It included a telephone survey that asked people about their beverage habits. The result was, "Changes in self-reported sugar-sweetened beverage intake were not statistically significant." That is, no change in behavior could be detected.
How does the survey of users square with the reported decline in store sales of taxed beverages? The decline was in Berkeley, but sales rose in stores just outside Berkeley.
Also, the survey found that corner grocery stores did not raise prices on SSBs, but there was too little data to say whether their sales went up or down or stayed the same. All the study really found was that the large chain markets in Berkeley passed on the tax and lost sales.
Some of the authors of the study campaigned for sugar taxes and donated to the campaign. It is no surprise that they do their best to spin their own results.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 12/06/2017 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Thanks to EB Express for their in depth coverage.

Here's a link to the No Cuts to Schools petition that is helping turn the tide against cutting funds to our schools & students, helping to create awareness & helping School Board members know the level of of opposition to these proposed school cuts:

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petition…

Please get the word out by email & social media to your friends, neighbors & family.

Posted by Hugh Morrison 1 on 11/30/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

I think every Oakland citizen should refuse to pay city taxes until our schools and police force are properly, fully and responsibly funded and managed.

Posted by Dayvid Jones on 11/30/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Schools Grapple with Another Financial Crisis

Yet another f*ck- up brought to you by the City of Oakland. Self-serving, corrupt, and myopic. No wonder Betsy Devos is licking her chops.

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 11/29/2017 at 12:30 PM

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