Bay Area / California

Will California Stop Ellis Act Evictions?

Posted November 17, 2020 by

Legislature Can End Ellis Act Crisis in 2021 The pandemic has not stopped Ellis Act evictions. Speculators continue to buy buildings, file Ellis Act notices to “go out of the rental housing business” the next day, and then move to
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Oakland, Berkeley Election Results

Posted November 4, 2020 by

Pro-Housing Candidates Appear to Win Big In a race to change the direction of Berkeley housing policy, Terry Taplin appears to have defeated incumbent Cheryl Davila in D2. Mayor Arreguin also easily won re-election as did the other council incumbents.
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Election Predictions 2020: CA Ballot Measures

Posted November 2, 2020 by

Initiatives Test CA’s “Progressive” Image California’s four highest-profile ballot measures are Props 15, 16, 21 and 22. Let’s start with the two obvious predictions. Prop 16 I wrote about Prop 16’s political problems (See “Will California Again Reject Affirmative Action
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Oakland and Berkeley 2020 Election Predictions

Posted November 2, 2020 by

Will Incumbents Survive? Oakland City Council Oakland is a rapidly changing city. And residents attitude toward these changes is hopeful to hostile with everything in between. This likely explains why recent Oakland council races sharply differ from neighboring San Francisco
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Will Rent Control/Housing Measures Pass?

Posted October 27, 2020 by

Voters Will Decide State, Local Housing Policies California voters will decide one state measure (Prop 21) and several local ones impacting the state’s  affordability crisis. There are initiatives that strengthen or repeal rent control laws, raise real estate transfer taxes,
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