Housing & Homelessness (News)

Suburbia's not dead yet

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 12:12pm

While millions of American families struggle with falling house prices, soaring gasoline costs and tightening credit, some environmentalists, urban planners and urban real estate speculators are welcoming the bad news as signaling what they have long dreamed of -- the demise of suburbia.

In a March Atlantic article, Christopher B. Leinberger, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of urban planning, contended that yesterday's new suburbs will become "the slums" of tomorrow because high gas prices and the housing meltdown will force Americans back to the urban core. Leinberger is not alone. Other pundits, among them author James Howard Kunstler, who despises suburban aesthetics, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, see the pain in suburbia as a silver lining for urban revival.

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.

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.

Oakland: De La Fuente Proposes Green Building Ordinance

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 5:00pm

Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente said today that he is preparing a "green building ordinance" for residential development in Oakland.

Partnering with the Home Builders Association of Northern California, Build It Green, the Oakland Planning Commission, the local building industry, and environmental organizations, De La Fuente said he wants to bring people together to develop a "meaningful" green building policy.

Affordable Housing Lawsuit Back in Play--No More Excuses from Pleasanton

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 12:21pm

Given his statements last week (Affordable Housing Lawsuit Back in Play, June 26, 2008) Pleasanton City Attorney Michael Roush apparently needs to study up on his basic arithmetic.

As stated in the article, the City has reneged on its promise in the last Housing Element to rezone enough land for some 800 units of lower-income housing by June 2004. An additional 3,277 new units were allocated this month for the next planning period. For Mr. Roush’s benefit, that’s more than 4,000 units now needed, significantly more than the 2,755 units remaining under the 29,000-unit Housing Cap according to the City’s own staff report.

Letters: Richmond's great place with ice cream

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 07/05/2008 - 10:00pm

Housing overlooked in Richmond story

Editor - I just read your article about Richmond ("Heading home," June 29). Thank you for the fair article. So often the city gets only negative comments. You did, however, miss one very interesting piece of real estate information.

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.



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