Bay Area / California

Will Berkeley Slash Affordable Housing Funds?

Posted April 14, 2020 by

City Council Votes Tonight The Berkeley City Council has a critical vote tonight, notwithstanding the pandemic. The council is considering legislation to prevent builders within opportunity zones (OZ) from meeting inclusionary housing requirements by paying into the city’s Affordable Housing
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Government Must Rescue Small Businesses

Posted March 17, 2020 by

Cities, States Must Cover Small Business Rents Even before states and cities urged or required the closure of bars and restaurants, the coronavirus was decimating revenue. In California, State Senators Scott Wiener and Lena Gonzalez introduced legislation last week preventing
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UC Fires Grad Students Unable to Afford Rent

Posted March 10, 2020 by

Why Aren’t CA Political Leaders Protecting Workers? On February 28, while California activists were focused on the March 3 elections, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) fired 85 graduate students striking for higher wages. It was the first student
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A Just Recovery for Sonoma County Farmworkers?

Posted March 10, 2020 by

Last year the trade publication Wine Enthusiast recognized Sonoma County as the ‘Wine Region of the Year,’ and the Sonoma County Winegrowers Association announced that 99 percent of the county vineyards achieved their ‘sustainability’ certification. But the county’s farmworkers­­­­­–who produce
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THC’s Long Battle Against the Ellis Act

Posted February 18, 2020 by

Some Victories Won But Larger Reform Awaits The year was 1986. After a long legislative session Assemblymember Art Agnos’ aide assured me that they had “taken care of all the problems with the Ellis Act” and protected SRO hotels. The
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Stop Defending LA’s Anti-Housing Agenda

Posted February 11, 2020 by

Homeowner and “Equity” Groups Unite to Preserve Exclusionary Zoning Why did Los Angeles’ Senate delegation vote against SB50? Some cite “cultural” differences with the Bay Area, the power of “equity” groups and the bill not fitting well into Los Angeles’
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Blame Cities for Inaction on Climate Change

Posted January 21, 2020 by

Don’t Blame Big Oil for Cities Refusal to Combat Climate Change At last week’s Democratic Debate, both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders highlighted the corruption of the fossil fuel industry in preventing the United States from slowing global warming. No
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