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The Collapse of the American Empire?

The Agenda welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, who over the past decade and a half has made his name as a columnist, activist and author. He's been a vociferous public critic of presidents on both sides of the American political spectrum, and his latest book, 'America Click here to continue reading. [...]

2019-09-13T13:08:43-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Some California Housing Markets More at Risk Should Recession Hit

California has several of the most vulnerable housing markets should another recession hit, but new research shows it's not all bad news. Real estate data firm Redfin looked at the 50 largest housing markets in the United States, ranking them from lowest risk to highest based on seven factors including price volatility, number of [...]

2019-09-13T12:06:12-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Trump Officials Get Look at Los Angeles Homeless Crisis

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Members of the Trump administration visited Los Angeles Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the city’s sprawling homeless encampments and efforts to control them, while President Donald Trump directed his staff to develop policy options to address the national crisis of people living on the streets. The visit by [...]

2019-09-13T12:02:25-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

SF Rents Soar as Much as 18 Percent in Five Years

August marked a milestone in the turbulent history of San Francisco’s rent price explosion, as it’s been five years since large-scale online rental platforms began issuing regular monthly rent reports for a home in San Francisco and beyond. This means one can now look back over five years of ups and downs (mostly ups, [...]

2019-09-13T11:58:11-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Evictions, Displacements in Hayward Apartment Complex Weigh on Council Members

Members of the Hayward City Council on Tuesday chastised a developer whose conversion of an apartment complex into affordable housing is displacing some of the current tenants. City leaders said they were misled about the impacts, but the council stopped short of intervening and instead pushed the conversation off to a later subcommittee meeting. [...]

2019-09-13T11:55:20-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Here’s How Denver Ranks Among Top Markets for Apartment Construction

Denver apartment deliveries have slowed in 2019, but the metro remains among the top U.S. markets for new apartment deliveries this year, according to RentCafé. The apartment rental company projected 6,836 apartments would be delivered in the metro in 2019, including both new units and apartments slated for delivery by the end of the [...]

2019-09-13T11:50:49-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis

California lawmakers approved a statewide rent cap on Wednesday covering millions of tenants, the biggest step yet in a surge of initiatives to address an affordable-housing crunch nationwide. The bill limits annual rent increases to 5 percent after inflation and offers new barriers to eviction, providing a bit of housing security in a state [...]

2019-09-13T11:39:20-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Sacramento’s Rent Control Law Goes into Effect Today. What Renters, Landlords Need to Know

The Sacramento Tenant Protection and Relief Act goes into effect Thursday, impacting renters and landlords in the city of Sacramento. Here’s what renters need to know about the new ordinance: The protections apply to all renters in Sacramento who live in apartments, duplexes, mobile home parks, and single room occupancy hotels built prior to Feb. 1, [...]

2019-09-13T11:26:22-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Tenants of Small Buildings Now Qualify for Relocation Benefits

Tenants in rent-controlled duplexes and triplexes would receive between $15,000 and $30,000 in relocation assistance when their landlords decontrol the building and dramatically increase the rent under an ordinance the City Council unanimously adopted this week. When an owner of a duplex or triplex moves into the building, the remaining units in the building [...]

2019-09-13T11:20:40-07:00September 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Backroom Housing Deal Reflects Failed Policies

Housing solutions have been touted for the past year as the top priority of our legislative leaders. Leaders have continued to highlight various reports about the need for more housing including the most recent report that stated that Southern California needs to build 3.5 million new housing units to ease the crisis. However, instead [...]

2019-09-11T11:17:40-07:00September 11th, 2019|Advocacy|