Displacement, Segregation (News)

Brown Sues Pleasanton Over Housing Limit

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 2:15pm

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

(06-24) 18:14 PDT PLEASANTON -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown joined a
legal challenge Wednesday to Pleasanton's 13-year-old limit on housing
construction, arguing that the East Bay community is defying state housing
laws and adding to urban sprawl, vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Pleasanton's draconian and illegal limit on new housing forces people to
E-mail Bob Egelko at begelko@sfchro

Luke Cole - Environmental Justice Lawyer Dies

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/09/2009 - 5:24pm

Luke Cole, a San Francisco attorney who was one of the pioneers in the field of environmental justice - filing lawsuits for poor plaintiffs or people of color whose communities were being ravaged by corporate polluters - died in a head-on car crash Saturday in Uganda. He was 46.


Housing renovation funds may displace hundreds of families

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 03/09/2009 - 3:43pm

Stop the displacement: Pack the CEDA meeting Tuesday, March 10, 2-4:30 p.m., at Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, first floor

Oakland - Low-income renters have long complained about being barred from so-called affordable housing developments because they do not earn enough money. And residents of those developments live in fear that renovation schemes will end up displacing them.
© Michael Democker, Times-PicayuneIn recent months, two Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) were made available for affordable housing projects by the City of Oakland. NOFA-1 is for new construction and substantial renovation of low-income housing, and NOFA-2 is for the renovation of existing low-income rental housing. The funding comes from HUD’s HOME program and other sources.

During November 2008, 11 NOFA applications were submitted to the City requesting $13 million in funding to renovate, rehabilitate or preserve a number of low-income housing sites citywide, placing hundreds of low-income renters at risk of being displaced due to a lack of housing available for relocation while their homes are being renovated. Some of these NOFA applications seek funding to renovate properties that they have not acquired beforehand - properties that are currently in legal dispute.


Pleasanton General Plan Delayed again by Housing Cap Dispute

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:07am
Atty. Gen. Brown, lawsuit contend cap blocks affordable units

Pleasanton Weekly Staff

Community and city leaders started updating the Pleasanton General Plan in 2003, a hoped-for three year process that is just now nearing completion and waiting for final approval by the Planning Commission and City Council within the next few weeks.


Resistance to Housing Foreclosures Spreads Across the Land

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 12:27pm

"This is a crowd that won't scatter," James Steele wrote in the pages of The Nation some seventy-five years ago. Early one morning in July 1933, the police had evicted John Sparanga and his family from a home on Cleveland's east side. Sparanga had lost his job and fallen behind on mortgage payments. The bank had foreclosed. A grassroots "home defense" organization, which had managed to forestall the eviction on three occasions, put out the call, and 10,000 people -- mainly working-class immigrants from Southern and Central Europe -- soon gathered, withstanding wave after wave of police tear gas, clubbings and bullets, "vowing not to leave until John Sparanga [was] back in his home."

Families of Incarcerated Youth Facing Debt

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 12:17pm

Having a child in juvenile hall is painful enough, but it is even more difficult when poor families have to pay Los Angeles County $25 for each day their child is locked up.

Isaac Gonzalez, who is 41 and works at a supermarket, received a bill of $5,000 for the six months his teenage son was at the juvenile detention center in Sylmar.

"At first they told me I could pay $50 a month, but then I got a monthly bill of $500. I have no other option but to find some way to pay it. What worries me is that I also have 12-year-old daughter to take care of," said Gonzalez.

A fight at school last year led Ivan, who is now 18, to serve time in a juvenile correctional facility.

"I wouldn't mind paying if my son had learned to be better, to overcome it. But the truth is, they (juveniles detained) come out worse. He's working now, but I'm afraid he’ll have problems again, because while you’re inside (juvenile detention center) you learn other things you shouldn't," said Gonzalez.

NY Working Class to be Hit Hard by Financial Crisis

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 3:23pm

“When Wall Street catches a cold, the Black community catches pneumonia,” assessed Councilmember Charles Barron. “We are in trouble.”

Before Lehman Brothers was thrown a financial lifeline late on Tuesday, and we, the people, bought an 80 percent share in A.I.G. to save the failing company, Monday saw distressed cardboard box–carrying shirt-sleeved guys and office-smart ladies streaming out of offices on Wall Street. “This fiscal approach to bailing out the rich is a reverse Robin Hood—robbing the poor to give the rich,” charged an angry Barron. “Under Bill Clinton, the conservative Democrat, and Reagan and Bush, the banking and finance industry was deregulated and they were allowed to run amok with the people’s money and make bad decisions and investments. And now, they are coming back to hurt the economy and poor people.”


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