Mayor and City Council fail to put solutions in place despite housing crises
Following a rally on the steps of City Hall, tenants served eviction notices on the Mayor and City Council. More than 1,000 renters are being forced out of Oakland every month but the City of Oakland has failed to take action to protect Oakland Renters.
As a city that is 60% renters, the current housing crisis is affecting coworkers, neighbors, family and friends.
Ms. Paula Beal described what it felt like to witness her family – children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - be evicted and forced to leave Oakland, and asked Oakland City Officials to “please, please help Oakland people stay in their hometown”.
Years of inaction led to the current housing crisis, and now, when thousands of long time residents are being pushed from the City, Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland City Council Members Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Annie Campbell Washington, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen and Larry Reid are failing to produce real renter protections, says Camilo Sol Zamora.
Gary Jimenez, SEIU 1021 East Bay Vice President, talked about city workers being forced out of the city where they work because of ever rising rents. He explained, “Mayor Schaaf and the City Council need to hear that Oakland is rapidly losing its vibrant, diverse soul.”
The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters drafted an ordinance Protect Oakland Renters, that would strengthen Oakland’s current rent control, expand Just Cause eviction protections and enable the Oakland Rent Board to more adequately serve the needs of the City. The committee is now working to place this Ordinance on the November ballot.
For more information go to www.protectoaklandrenters.org #ProtectOaklandRenters