Tenant Protection Ordinance Victory: Final Reading Nov. 5

¡Español sigue!TPO win childThere could be no better tribute to the late great housing rights fighter Ted Gullicksen  then this past Tuesday’s tenant right’s victory dedicated to the fight against local and global displacement.
Tuesday, October 21, CJJC members led the way, winning a victory not just for Black and Latin@ families, but for the renter majority in Oakland.
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Tenants Rights Tuesdays

This past Tuesday the Community and Economic Development Committee heard testimony from courageous tenants, Just Cause leaders, and allies who all spoke out in support of the Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO) in Oakland.  Along with all the supporters were a lot of landlords and 2 major landlord groups – the East Bay Rental Housing Association and the Jobs and Housing Coalition, who came out...

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Win Tenant Protections in Oakland



Allies and Supporters -

Thousands of Oakland's tenants are being intimidated by their landlords, harassed, or neglected in the landlords attempts to push them out.  We have worked with Council member Dan Kalb to draft an ordinance that will stop this behavior and fine landlords that intimidate or threaten tenants, and we need your support to get the council to...

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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. "


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

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Changes to Rent Adjustment Program Ordinance & Regulations

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






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) we invited Supervisor David Campos to visit the hotel with former SF Supervisor and current director of Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships & Engagement (HOPE) Bevan Dufty. “They saw firsthand how the manager was drunk on the job and the horrible conditions of the hotel. They went door to door and heard the concerns of the tenants,” says Sanyika Bryant, CJJC Tenant Rights Organizer.

A few weeks ago Supervisor Campos called a meeting with the tenants, landlord and manager. The manager agreed to all but one of the procedural and repair demands of the tenants, thanks to our collective organizing and the pressure of Supervisor Campos — who took a hard stand against the landlord and the manager.  

Here is all that we won:
•    An end to the collection of late fees (as these aren't in any of the tenants' leases)
•    A written complaint process
•    Standardized receipts
•    Repairs to the carpets in several of the rooms
•    The removal of signs that make children feel unwelcomed in the building
•    One family got a significant rent reduction because the landlord had given them a higher rent based off of the size of their family, but their room was the same size as other rooms
•    Repairs to the water heating system
•    Monthly pest control

The fight isn't over and we're going to be monitoring the implementation of the new policies, but we just wanted to let you know the good news.


 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!

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:





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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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