SURJ: Expand Just Cause! Close Eviction Protection Loopholes!


July 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
500 14th St
Oakland, CA 94612

**Join us for a show of support during public forum at 3. We’re the last agenda item, #16, so we probably won’t be heard till after 8:30. We’ll post live updates, so come when you can and ceed your time to the coalition or other tenants if you can’t stay!

Oakland voters have a chance to amend the Just Cause ordinance to make sure ALL units in Oakland built before 1995 are covered by Just Cause eviction protections. We just have to make sure City Council votes Tuesday to put the amendment on the Nov ballot.

Currently, if tenants live in a duplex or triplex and their landlord resides on the property or claims to be moving in, they can be evicted for NO REASON. This loophole allows landlords and speculators to evict rent-controlled tenants, including seniors and disabled longtime residents who would otherwise have extra protections, avoid paying relocation payments and raise rents to market rate.

Community members and the Close the Loopholes Coalition have pushed this amendment through two committee meetings and have one final vote to get it before voters. At each step of the way, we’ve fought off attempts by landlords to squash this protection. Now, Council Member McElhaney is trying to add exceptions to the amendment by creating loopholes within loopholes and even expanding some exemptions to fourplexes!

We need your help making sure this amendment is put before voters in Nov and that it is not water down. Oakland is in a housing crisis and we cannot wait. In 2016, 75% of voters Oakland voted to extend Just Cause to 12k units. Let’s win protections for another 8k units, most of which are in predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhoods.

*The City Council meeting starts at 3, but the agenda item number has not been set for this amendment. It’s likely that this will be a long meeting, so please check back for a better estimate of when to arrive for public comment.

We are also asking community to EMAIL City Council to ask them to PASS this legislation without any AMENDMENTS. You can also email Supervisor Gallo to thank him. Here is the script:

Mayor Schaff

D1 Councilmember Dan Kalb

D2 Councilmember Guillen

D3 Councilmember McElhaney

D4 CM Campbell Washington

D5 Noel Gallo

D6 Desley Brooks

D7 Larry Reid

At Large Kaplan



Councilmember _____________,

My name is _____ and I’m a tenant in Oakland (City Council District ________). [If you live in a duplex/triplex: I live in a duplex and triplex and feel vulnerable to an eviction if the owner decides to move onto the property]. I am writing to you to ask that you recognize that all tenants [including myself] deserve to be protected under the Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance and to ask you to take action to close the duplex/triplex loophole before going on summer recess.

There are over 8,000 duplex/triplexes in Oakland, not including un-permitted units. This exemption leaves multiple families, including the elderly and disabled individuals at the risk of eviction with no protections or even relocation payments. I ask that you vote to support the Just Cause Amendment Ballot Measure that will ensure all tenants in Oakland are afforded the same protections.

I look forward to hearing that you will be in support of this ballot measure.


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