CJJC Helps Tenants Defend N. Oakland Home

MustafaAmyActionSept2014CJJC rolled 20 strong with members and community supporters early this morning  to demand that landlord's John Van Eyck, Caryl Esteves, and Alfred Wong stop the evictions & harassment of our members Mustafa Solomon and Amy Ornoski in North Oakland.

MustafaAmyActionSept2014The tenants -- who live in two separate units on the same property -- have had to deal with such issues...

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NYTimes: Evictions Soar in Hot Market; Renters Suffer

"The rental shortage has made the most vulnerable tenants susceptible to eviction. “So many of our clients are people of color, people with disabilities, people who have suffered extreme health crises or a long-term chronic illness,” said Christine Donahoe, a staff attorney with Legal Action of Wisconsin. "

http://nyti.ms/1tQ6zDB
By SHAILA DEWAN

MILWAUKEE — Just after 7 a.m., sheriff’s deputies knocked...

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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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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

WOSP Plan

 

 

 

 

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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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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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,

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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...

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Mission Tenant Victory in Attempted Ellis Act Eviction

ana_gutierrez_victory_03_27_2014We’re excited about a big win and want to share the news with you ~ tenant Ana Gutierrez who came to CJJC for help after a new landlord filed an Ellis Act will now be able to remain in her Mission district apartment for two more years! Ana has advice for others fighting to remain in their homes: “Keep fighting. No one can help you if you don’t help yourself. CJJC held me up and didn’t let me buckle. Now [with the new agreement] I’m more peaceful and can finally sleep through the night instead of waking up every 2-3 hours wondering what’s going to happen.”

Ana has lived in her Mission district flat for 35 years and raised all her children there. In 2011 Xiuguha Lian, who currently lives in China, bought the property but gave her brother Baochong Liang power of attorney to prosecute Ellis Act evictions against Ana and other tenants in the building after they complained about efforts to illegally charge them higher rents.

Recently Ana, the other tenants and the landlord came to an agreement negotiated by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic attorney. Liang will not reattempt an Ellis Act or re-file for the next two years. Says Maria Zamudio of CJJC, “We know legal battles are hard and long which is why it’s so important for folks to stay organized and connect with other tenants going through the same thing. We’re inspired by Ana’s victory and hope it inspires other tenants as well.”

Attorney Raquel Fox of the Tenderloin Housing ClinicFox was thrilled over the settlement, which prevents the owner or successors from issuing a new Ellis notice until March 2016. She noted, “This case again shows the importance of tenants fighting against their evictions, and of vigorously litigating these cases. Many people think that tenants have no defenses to Ellis evictions, and the story of Lucky Street will hopefully convince people otherwise. ana_gutierrez_victory_arm_raised

Letter to Supporters of Tenant Justice

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Congratulations to us ALL:  As of August 1, DEBT SERVICE is no more. 

 

The second reading to END DEBT SERVICE pass-through was voted unanimously!


Now begins the final actions to complete our pending victory on CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS . . . 
Tues evening, Apr 22the Tenant Justice Campaign (TJC) will return to Oakland City Hall to assure that the Council keeps its promise to approve the "First Reading' of proposed language changing the Rent Law to finally include some benefits for tenants.  
 
Please come to City Hall and show your support for tenants rights.   
 
Broad support from the community WON our victory on Debt Service.  Let's DO IT AGAIN for Capital Improvements. 
Our item is #13, last item on the agenda, so please plan to arrive by 8pm
 
Please register a "Speaker Card" online.  Click: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityClerk/s/SpeakerCard/SpeakerCard/OAK032373 
Talking Points are below; more detail will follow in subsequent mailings.

Your support is very important.  Email and/or call Oakland City Council members to express your support of TJC proposals.  A sample message is provided below, which you can forward as-is or modify as you think appropriate. 
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Gentrification Report Launch

Gentrification Typology
What: Release and Celebration of Development without Displacement Report
When: Monday, April 7th, 5:30pm
Where: Fruitvale Senior Center, 3301 E.12th street, suite 201, at Fruitvale BART

"Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification"-buy your report online at
http://www.liberationink.org/content/development-without-displacement-resisting-gentrification-bay-area

Use the report as a tool to stop gentrification in your neighborhood!
•    Learn which neighborhoods in the Bay Area are vulnerable or at risk to gentrification;
•    Use policy recommendations designed to support organizers and advocates in identifying appropriate   solutions for their communities;
•    Learn organizing strategies that will help bring this vision to light;
•    Understand how gentrification works and what you can do in your own neighborhood;
•    Learn about the stories of real people impacted by gentrification and displacement and their fights to stay in their communities.

"I think it’s important to defend yourself and stay strong, because it’s difficult to move around especially when there are not enough economic resources. Now, the rent is really high and one has to earn at least $5,000, which is nearly impossible. Protections have supported me immensely because my economic situation has changed very much and knowing my rights and how to defend myself and how
to be stable in one place has supported me very much.”    
— Beatriz Mendez, CJJC Member
 

"This report shows that there are many reasonable policies at the local and regional levels that can help hold back the tide of gentrification and modify the worst effects of urban transformation."
---Dr. Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of California, Berkeley

 
 
Buy the report now!


 
 

Locked Out and Displaced: Tenant Fights Back

Case underscores the ongoing surge of harassment and evictions

flooding Mission District

When: Friday, March 12, 11AM
What: Press conference denouncing the illegal eviction lock out of immigrant tenant
Where:  3374 24th St., outside a four-unit building where he rented a room
Who: Locked out tenant, Supervisor David Campos, and Causa Justa :: Just Cause, local tenant’s rights and immigrants rights organization and other allies
Why:  To demand that Mr. Sanchez gets let back into his unit and his right to stay is protected.

•Tenant will be available for interviews, interpretation provided

SAN FRANCISCO-- In the heart of the Mission, on 24th Street. between the sparkle of Valencia Street and the few fruterias left on Mission Street, Jesús Sanchez, a Latino immigrant and Mission resident came home Wednesday night to find that the locks to the unit had been changed and all his belongings had been removed.

Because Sanchez was never served with notice nor given the opportunity to defend his ability to stay, it is an illegal eviction. Sanchez demands that his rights as a tenant be respected and that he be let back into the unit and resume his tenancy.

Sanchez has been living in the unit as a subtenant for 18 months.  In January Sanchez contacted PG&E to report a gas leak. The utility company shut off the gas until a repair was made. Sanchez says one of the building owners turned the gas back on without addressing the leak.


The master tenant in the unit attempted to verbally evict him for reporting the leak and began harassing him to leave. On Monday March 10th, Sanchez says both the master tenant and the owner Eric Dabanne verbally attacked him screaming that he leave without giving him proper notice.

On Wednesday when he got home, not only were the locks changed, but also through the window the counselor and the tenant could see that the carpet had been pulled up and repairs had begun in the unit. On Thursday tenant and counselor contacted the owner to demand he be let back in the unit and he refused.

Sanchez is one of hundreds of tenants and subtenants feeling the brunt of gentrification in SF manifesting itself through harassment, abuse, illegal evictions and ultimately displacement. Building managers, landlords and real estate speculators continue to profit in as they bring in higher income tenants. 


Leticia Arce, CJJC counselor working on the case said,  “We see these kinds of cases all the time, immigrant and low income tenants kicked out, and being replaced by higher income tenants who can pay up to double and triple the rent. Everyone but long-time tenants.”

In 2013, almost 40% of our total eviction cases in our clinic came from the Mission district and over 60% of the time, there's no stated reason for the eviction. (from our clinic numbers)

His story highlights the need for stronger protections for tenants and protections for the growing number of sub-tenants who have to live together and pool their money due to rising rent prices and...

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