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Who is the Committee to Protect Oakland Renters?

ORGANIZATIONS:

ACCE Action
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
California Nurses Association
Causa Justa::Just Cause
Communities for a Better Environment
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
East Bay Housing Organizations
Ella Baker Center
Hope Collaborative
OCCUR
Oakland Community Organizations
Oakland Education Association
Oakland Rising
Oakland Tenants Union
Policy Link
Public Advocates
Roots Community Clinic
SEIU Local 1021
Street Level Health Project

 

INDIVIDUALS:

Aaron BaluyotOakland Property Owner and Tenant
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder & President, Policy Link
Julina Bonilla, Vice President, Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees
Cat Brook, Founder, ONYX, West Oakland Resident
Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council 
Dr. Arthur Chen, MD, Family Medicine, Asian Health Services 
Rev. Dr. George Cummings, Imani Community Church
Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, First Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
Reverend Billy Dixon, At Thy Word Ministries
David Kakishiba, President Emeritus, OUSD Board of Governors
Fr. Stephan Kappler, St. Jarlath Catholic Church
Fr. Aidan McAleenan, St. Columba Catholic Church
Rev. Ben McBride, Regional Director of Clergy Development, PICO-CALIFORNIA
Rev. Monte McClain, College Ave. Presbyterian Church
Jahmese Myres, Planning Commissioner, City of Oakland
Arnold Perkins, Public Health Leader, Former Director, Alameda County Public Health Department
Jessica Pitt, Executive Director, East Bay Workforce Development Leader
Rachel Richman, Crocker Highlands Resident
Joshua Simon, Executive Director, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)
Rev. Michael Wallace, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church

*Organizations under individuals are for identification purposes only.

 

Why do we need Measure JJ?

Oakland is in a severe housing and displacement crisis. Rising rents are pushing long-time residents out of our

homes and our communities, and we are losing the diversity of our City. Oakland’s 36 year-old rent law does not

provide the protections that tenants need.

What does Measure JJ do?

Measure JJ slows displacement and keeps people in their homes:

1. JJ strengthens rent control so landlords have to get the Rent Board’s approval to raise rents above an

annual cost of living increase.

2. JJ expands protection against eviction to all buildings built before 1996 so that landlords can only evict

renters with a “Just Cause,” such as failure to pay rent, lawbreaking activity, serious violation of lease

terms, or certain circumstances of owner move-in.

3. JJ makes the Rent Board more accountable to our community by making it more transparent.

How will small landlords be impacted, particularly those of color?

 JJ is fair to landlords and does not impact very small landlords in owner-occupied buildings with 3 units or

fewer.

 Landlords can still raise rent to cover their maintenance costs, and they can evict tenants that are breaking

the law. And if they can show hardship or need to raise their rents higher, they can also get the Rent

Board’s approval.

 Many landlords treat their tenants fairly. Measure JJ levels the playing field for good landlords and focuses

on bad actors and outside corporate landlords who are taking advantage of the housing crisis.

Who is opposed to Measure JJ?

Corporate landlords, who are mostly based outside of Oakland, do not support tenant protections, and they are

not interested in preserving the Oakland that we have laid roots in for generations. In addition, the East Bay

Rental Housing Association (EBRHA) opposes Measure JJ.

What Oakland really needs to do is build more housing. Will Measure JJ impact the new housing market?

We must use all the tools we have to relieve the housing crisis. Measure JJ is one critical solution alongside other

solutions including: providing good paying jobs for local residents; building more affordable housing; and keeping

existing residents in their homes. Measure JJ will not impact the supply of new housing built in Oakland because

the law won't apply to new buildings.

How did Measure JJ poll amongst voters?

Housing was residents’ highest concern. Oaklanders are worried about displacement and losing the diversity that

makes Oakland so great. 60% of Oakland residents are renters and strengthening renter protections is key

solution to keeping folks in this City.

Will Measure JJ pass?

This is a popular measure, but we know the opposition has lots of money so it’s going to take a lot of people

power to pass Measure JJ. Every renter, fair landlord, and person who cares about keeping Oakland’s housing

affordable and stemming the displacement crisis needs to get involved. Will you volunteer or donate to the

campaign? We need YOU!