Low-income Residents at Oakland Complex Face Eviction

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)  -- Residents of the California Hotel in downtown Oakland are appealing to Mayor Dellums and the city council for help in fighting an eviction that could put many of the low-income residents on the streets.

”That notice was illegal, you can't evict people in two and a half weeks,” said Andrew Aramburo, who has lived at the 150-unit complex for eight years. He and others rallied at city hall yesterday hoping to pressure the mayor and council members to become involved in their fight.

City Won’t Sue Over Anti-BRT Initiative

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 10:00pm

The Berkeley City Council huddled behind closed doors Tuesday evening to hear Acting City Attorney Zach Cowan tell them why a citizen-initiated anti-Bus Rapid Transit measure might not pass legal muster—and to consider whether the city should file suit to keep the measure off the ballot.

The closed-door vote not to sue, however, was unanimous, as was the vote in the regular council meeting to place the initiative before the voters. (Councilmember Dona Spring was absent.)

Dozens Of Residents Of Oakland Hotel Told To Move Out

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND -- About 75 residents of the California Hotel on San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland have received a notice that they must leave by July 15th. The owner of the hotel, Oakland Community Housing, said in the notice to tenants that it can no longer afford to operate the building.

Most of the residents don't have much money and the hotel was one place they could afford. A studio apartment rents for about $500 dollars a month. "I was homeless before I got this place," said Jesse Powell. He's lived at the hotel for six and a half years.

Low-income tenants sue over eviction

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 10:00pm

OAKLAND — A lawsuit filed Thursday claims that low-income tenants of California Hotel are being illegally evicted from their studio apartments as the owners of the 150-unit complex attempt to violate agreements with the state and city by remodeling the decrepit building to attract a higher-paying clientele.


Oakland low income housing may close

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 4:55pm

OAKLAND, CA (KGO) -- Dozens of disabled Oakland residents could find themselves homeless in the next two weeks if the California Hotel closes. You may have seen it right next to Interstate 580. It's one of several affordable housing projects run by a nonprofit company that the city says can no longer maintain its projects.

"I am the working poor and I am collateral damage," says tenant Duane Anderson.

Low income housing tenants say they fear becoming homeless in a few weeks as the California hotel is set to close down.

Renters file suit against Oakland housing developer

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND - About 500 renters filed suit against Oakland Community Housing Inc. today, accusing the nonprofit housing developer of breaking a 30-year requirement to provide housing to low-income residents at the California Hotel.

John Murcko, an attorney for the renters, said Oakland Community Housing recently served eviction notices to all 500 residents of the California Hotel, which is located at 3501 San Pablo Ave., demanding that they relocate out of the hotel by July 15.

Oakland gets big chunk to fund transit village at MacArthur BART station

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 06/29/2008 - 10:00pm

OAKLAND — A development project aimed at revitalizing the neighborhood around the MacArthur BART station won approval for millions of dollars in state funding last week.

The MacArthur Transit Village is a development proposal to create 624 new units of housing, 20 percent of which will be set aside as affordable rental units. It also includes a 400-space parking garage and new commercial space.


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