The Renter Protection Ordinance Ballot Initiative is now scheduled for the July 19th City Council Meeting.
The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters urges the Community and Economic Development Committee to reject the Council Member Kalb’s Ordinance Amending Chapter 8.22, Article I (Rent Adjustment).
Renters in Oakland are being squeezed now, and they cannot wait years for renter protections to be implemented. This ordinance just “kicks the can down the road”, protections for a huge number of renters would not even start until 2018. That means 24,000 additional tenants could be forced out of Oakland before these protections become effective.
The moratorium on rent increases ends on July 5th. But no steps have been taken to address the housing crisis. It is time to act on real reforms. Not halfway measures that won’t be implemented for years.
This is not an organizing effort, this is about passing the strongest protections possible for Oakland renters. While we believe the current council has the best interests of tenants in mind, this might not always be the case. This is why the Committee To Protect Oakland Renters strongly believes new regulations protecting renters must go to the voters.
We are asking the Oakland City Council to support the Protect Oakland Renters Act, introduced by Council Member Kaplan that will be on the City Council Agenda on July 5th.
Come out and let your voice be heard by your elected representatives on July 5th. Join us in the fight to protect the soul of Oakland.
Committee to Protect Oakland Renters
This article in the East Bay Express by Darwin BondGraham highlights some of the challenges we’ve faced in this process.Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!