Changes to Rent Adjustment Program Ordinance & Regulations

NEW:
As of August 1, there are new regulations around rent increases for capital improvements.

RentAdjustmentProgram_oakland080114The following is a brief summary of the recent amendments to the Rent Adjustment Ordinance and the Rent Adjustment Program Regulations, and is not intended to be a complete description or a substitute for the laws themselves.

For authoritative materials, please consult the text of...

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$10K in 5 Days. 40,000 Thank You’s

10Kin5 campaignImage by Josh Warren White, Design Action Collective

Over the course of just five days, 500 supporters came forward to support a Bay Area that puts people first.
Thanks to your collective generosity, we've raised $40,595, exceeding our goal by $30,000+. A BIG thank you to each and every one of you.

Your support will help to:

¥    Get thousands to the polls...

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San Francisco's Housing Crisis in Numbers

Data on the Housing Crisis in SF:
—From the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

No-Fault Evictions:

•    The number of evictions in 2013 has surpassed evictions in 2006, the height of the real estate bubble. Total no-fault evictions are up 17% compared to 2006.
•    Between 2012 and 2013 evictions have increased by 115%
•    Ellis Act use went up 175% between 2012...

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Stop the Flip: Proposed Anti-Speculation Measure

StoptheFlipScores of community members, tenants and several lawmakers including SF Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Jane Kim and Eric Mar introduced a proposed measure that would curb real estate flipping.

The SF Anti-Displacement Coalition of which Causa Justa :: Just Cause is a member in a "Stop the Flip" action on the steps of SF City Hall, announced that the...

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West Oakland Specific Plan is NO Plan For Us

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The West Oakland Specific Plan (W.O.S.P.) is a zoning plan that is an example of development WITH displacement. It makes no effort to mitigate the impacts of gentrification and instead opens up the neighborhood even more for investment opportunities. There are even parts of the plan that specifically state that displacement will occur and that West...

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SF Due Process For All Ordinance is strengthened — SF Ends All Unconstitutional ICE Holds

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced yesterday (May 29) that the county jail would  stop responding to unconstitutional ICE hold requests altogether. His announcement comes in the wake of a major federal court decision that has spurred more than 70 counties in several states to completely end the unconstitutional practice of holding immigrants in jail for extra time solely for...

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The battle of 16th and Mission: Inside the campaign to “clean up” the plaza and build luxury housing

By Julia Carrie Wong/48 Hills

MARCH 18, 2014 — Laura Guzman, the director of  homeless services for Mission Neighborhood Health Center, had the question that was on everybody’s mind at a recent protest at the 16th and Mission BART plaza. “Who,” she asked, “is Clean up the Plaza?”

More than 100 San Franciscans, including members of Mission-based organizations like Causa...

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Victory at SRO Hotel in the Mission District

The Grand Southern Hotel has some of the worst conditions out of all of the SRO (Single Room Occupancy) hotels in the Mission district. The hotel is home to many immigrant families with children. Tenants say they have been dealing with constant harassment by manager Luis Rivera and landlord Musa Salem and his family.

Working alongside the Mission SRO Collaborative (MSROC)

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There's room for a $15 minimum wage in S.F.'s new economy

Vanessa Moses and Josué Arguelles 
Published in SF Gate, Tuesday, May 6, 2014

It's been 10 years since San Francisco raised its minimum wage to the highest in the country. Today, we find ourselves in a new economy. Yet day laborers, domestic workers and restaurant and retail workers face the same struggles as in 2004. Despite San Francisco's affluence, workers are...

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Alameda County Halts ICE Holds

Immig_stopdeportationsThe backlash against the draconian and inhumane administration of disastrous federal deportation policies is growing.

In a complete turnaround, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern announced last week (May 21) that he would stop holding people in jail for extra time under unconstitutional and unjust immigration "hold" requests. 

Before the announcement, any immigrant in Alameda County could be apprehended, held, and...

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Community Education Forum on Market-Rate Monster Development Proposed for SF 16th St. BART Plaza


 

Demands Escalate to Stop Current Project Proposal and for a Safe and Vibrant Plaza that Serves Existing Community

WHAT:  “We Cannot Afford This In Our Neighborhood//No Podemos Permitir Esto en Nuestra Comunidad”:  Multi-Lingual community forum at the Victoria Theater regarding the proposed development of 350 market-rate units at 16th St. Bart Plaza. Organized by Plaza 16 Coalition.
WHEN: Thursday May 15th, 6:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Victoria Theater, 2961 Capp St. x 16th St.  San Francisco.

(photo by Andy Blue)

This event marks the first community organized discussion on the proposed monster project and follows previous action by the coalition opposing the development on February 1, 2014.

The Forum is organized and facilitated by the Plaza 16 Coalicion/Coalition, a broad and diverse coalition of community organizations, merchants, and neighbors demanding a halt to the current proposal and all market-rate developments in the Mission until housing for the poor and working class is fully restored and practices of community based planning for people not profit are implemented.

The La Plaza 16 Coalición/ The Plaza 16 Coalition has come together to advocate for the 1979 Mission Street site to be used for affordable housing. Our coalition builds on the decades of planning and organizing in the Mission that created Plan Popular and won affordable housing for our communities.

The Coalition does not believe the currently proposed development project will primarily serve the needs of the existing community and thus opposes the development until it is tailored to meet the need for truly affordable housing in the neighborhood. Member organizations include: CARECEN, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Dolores Street Community Services, Eviction Mapping Project, Housing Rights Committee, Latino Democratic Club, Mission Economic Development Agency, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, and PODER.

Read more here http://plaza16.org


Check out  FB event HERE!

For more info on the development check out:


http://missionlocal.org

http://www.bizjournals.com

http://sfist.com

sf.curbed.com

Meanwhile, read CJJCs report which examines the effects of gentrification and displacement in San Francisco and Oakland neighborhoods, and which calls for urgent housing policy changes.

As tenants in both San Francisco and Oakland reel under the highest rents in the nation, new development and investment (such as this proposed 16th St. Bart Plaza monster development)  is causing tremendous market pressures destabilizing everything from housing to health to political power.

"Gentrification is the process of social, cultural, and economic transformation that is taking place in many centrally located urban neighborhoods which have experienced historic disinvestment. It involves significant increases in rental and for-sale housing costs, the in-migration of higher-income, white, and college-educated residents and the out-migration of longtime residents, many of whom may be renters, low-income residents, and people of color." —Development Without Displacement

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Causa Justa :: Just Cause is a multi-racial grass roots housing and immigrant rights organization building community leadership to achieve justice for low-income San Francisco and Oakland residents. We have offices on both sides of the Bay.

Friend us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter at causajusta1   WHY? Because #housingisahumanright #Plazasixteen
 

ACTION ALERT-URGENT! Stop AB 1513

 We calling on our supporters to inform you all of a dangerous bill in the California State Assembly that will be going to the Judiciary Committee TOMORROW Tuesday, April 29. It's AB 1513: you can read a brief FAQ here: http://killthebillcoalition.com/faq/

If passed, this bill would make it legal for realtors to use local police (or private police forces) to evict people WITHOUT going through the courts!  

To demonstrate your opposition, we're asking for you to URGENTLY do 2 things:

1.  Call the Judiciary Committee (List here) and ask them to "oppose" this bill when it comes before them tomorrow, and 

2.  Sign the petition 

Also, there's a facebook group (click here) you can join, and here's a recent article that you can check out on the bill: http://sandiegofreepress.org/2014/04/california-state-assembly-bill-ab-1513-will-take-away-tenants-rights/#.U16E6K1dU7R

For more information about this bill go to the website, http://killthebillcoalition.com/ - a statewide coalition working to stop the cops from evicting us. They are organizing a mobilization up in Sacramento TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - to attend the Judiciary committee.  If you're in Northern California, you can join them.   All the information is on the website.

Thank you for taking action to protect our rights, let's stop the cops from being evictors!

Unity is POWER/¡Unidad es POWER!


Joined

 

 On a day when millions of workers across the world will take to the streets marching in unity and solidarity, we are proud to announce that after more than a decade of partnership, camaraderie, and mutual development, POWER and Causa Justa :: Just Cause will officially be joining forces!


Together POWER and CJJC bring decades of experience fighting displacement from the bottom up, and prioritizing organizing and leadership development in working class Black and Latino communities.   Our aim is to consolidate movement forces, to grow the scale and impact of our  organizing, and in particular to expand the scope and strength of Black organizing and Black-Brown unity in the SF Bay Area as a strategic contribution to movement building in the United States.

We are facing a crisis of Black displacement from San Francisco to Oakland to Antioch. This is a regional struggle requiring regional strategy and response.  Along with a number of our allies across the region, we are committed to growing a new era of Black organizing in the Bay Area to address this crisis from the bottom up, while building solidarity with Latino immigrant and other working class communities who are impacted by global and local displacement.

We will complete the official merger by January 2015, integrating core components of POWER’s work into CJJC’s structure, and keeping the name Causa Justa :: Just Cause. We believe that this bold change will allow us to better serve our communities, reduce administrative work, and amplify our collective political power as one united organization.

Like millions of our counterparts around the world, on May 1st we are proud to declare with this bold action, and through the bullhorn, “Unity is POWER!”

Will you stand with us and show your support for this merger? Can you donate $25, $50, $1,000 to push us forward on the road to healthy, stable, powerful communities of color?

In Solidarity,
Jaron Browne, NTanya Lee, Aspen Dominguez,
Maria Poblet, Dawn Phillips, Adam Gold, and Vanessa Moses


Ps. Join us in the streets together TODAY, Thursday, May 1
3pm
Fruitvale BART Station
Rally & March

#unityisPOWER #MayDay2014

Espanol

¡Unidad es POWER! Únete a nosotros 1ro. de Mayo


En un día en el que millones de trabajadores marcharán en las calles de todo el mundo por la unidad y la solidaridad, anunciamos con orgullo que tras más de una década de asociación, camaradería y evolución mutua, ¡la organización POWER y Causa Justa :: Just Cause (CJJC) uniran sus fuerzas!

Juntas, POWER y CJJC unen décadas de experiencia en la lucha contra el desplazamiento, desde las bases hacia arriba, con la prioridad de organizar políticamente y fomentar el liderazgo en las comunidades negras y latinas de clase trabajadora. Nuestra meta es unir las dinámicas del movimiento, hacer nuestra organización política más grande e impactante, y ampliar el alcance y la fuerza de la organización de los mestizos y negros en Área de la Bahía de San Francisco como contribución estratégica a la construcción de un movimiento nacional en los EEUU.

Estamos enfrentándonos a una...

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The Struggle for the Flatlands: How Oakland Can Fight Gentrification

By Maria Poblet -- April 22

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OAKLAND--Behind a chain link fence on 35th Ave, the man who gardens every day for other people grows his own roses, gathered around a statue of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Off 98th Ave, backyard barbeques are legendary, as is the young cousin who always wins the battles of wits and words that break out after the hot links are finished. The elders on 8th Street trace smooth Tai-Chi flows into the crisp dawn air, pivoting on one heel to turn towards the sunrise. These are the flatlands of Oakland. These are the places we call home and they are now at great risk.

In the space of only a couple of years, the Oakland flatlands went from being the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis, losing tens of thousands of long-time Black and Latino residents welcoming a wave of corporate investment that will not only fill the gap left by those who were pushed out, but reshape working class neighborhoods in Oakland, and transform the city as a whole.

Corporate investors are ahead of the game. They have descended on Oakland and snatched up a shocking 42% of homes lost to foreclosure, 93% of which are in the flatlands . And finance capital is creating the conditions for a growing bubble in the housing market — rent securitization, a way for investors to trade on rents the way they did on mortgages . They will profit from the new renters created by the foreclosure crisis, and from an entire new class of people coming into redeveloped neighborhoods, attracted by highly paid tech jobs in the region.


"An individual approach to the gentrification crisis will not work. It will only reinforce our isolation, turning us from families and communities into consumers of housing, convinced that gentrification is natural, displacement is inevitable, and the best we can each do is try to save our own skin."


Proclaiming that "a rising tide lifts all boats" even city officials who identify as progressive have embraced and facilitated this ruthless brand of corporate investment, anxious to bring revenue in, without enough consideration of the impacts those investments will have on neighborhoods vulnerable to the dynamics of gentrification.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan recently unveiled a new project — 10,000 new units of housing aimed explicitly at housing tech workers priced out of San Francisco. This is Oakland's second "10k Plan". Mayor Jerry Brown (1999-2007) implemented the first in the early 2000s. It ushered in the first wave of widely criticized gentrification in Oakland, and reshaped the area spanning Old Oakland, Chinatown, and downtown, that developers renamed "Uptown."

The second 10k plan stretches into adjacent areas like North Oakland, and the light industrial zone between downtown and East Oakland. The plan's vague promise of "up to 25% affordable units" is inadequate to address the urgent and overdue needs of the neighborhoods that are being targeted for this development.

In North Oakland, for example, 40% of residents are under the poverty line. New...

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