Heading towards November! Thanks to the power of our supporters the Renter Protection Act of 2016 is on the November 8, 2016 ballot. This means that Oakland voters can establish strong, and lasting tenant protections that will not be at the mercy of future city councils. Now we must spread our message to all Oakland Voters! The Renter Protection Act of 2016, Measure JJ, will: Require landlords to petition with the Rent Board for rent increases that exceed the Consumer Price Index. Expand Just Cause eviction protections from the current cutoff date of October 1980 to buildings constructed through 1995. Expand the duties and powers of the Rent Board and Rent Adjustment Program to increase accountability and effectiveness in implementing tenant protections. In particular, the measure will require the creation of a “searchable data base," which will give tenant advocacy organizations better access to much needed data.
Two months ago, the Oakland City Council put in place a temporary moratorium on rent increases. This was a short-term solution to slow the crisis of displacement in Oakland and give the City time to develop solutions. It is time to act. With just 30 days until the moratorium ends, it is time for action, or we will be putting thousands of renters at risk. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
We represent organizations and constituents who care deeply about our City, its future and the direction of Oakland – and the families, children, and men and women who comprise the fabric of our city and in many instances, provide the public safety, healthcare and other services that protect and maintain our local quality of life. Continue reading
Last year the members and leaders of over 15 labor, community, housing and faith groups came together and identified the need to directly address the growing issue of displacement by increasing protections for renters in Oakland. Just months later, we are proud to officially launch the “Protect Oakland Renters Act” & campaign to qualify this measure on the November, 2016 City-wide Ballot. Here’s the rub, we have to collect 33,000 signatures by June 1. We know we can do it. Are you in? Continue reading