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Where Have All the People Gone?
Where Have All the People Gone?

Editor: Albert Sukoff Because I am so inclined, I was perusing the census data for Berkeley on a website posted by the MTC-ABAG library. (That's the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Are Governments.) Therein presented was data showed comparisons between the 2000... Continue Reading

10/15/2007


Support for a Statewide Ballot Initiative
Support for a Statewide Ballot Initiative

Howard Jarvis and apartment associations around the state are asking you to support a statewide ballot initiative concerning eminent domain and rent control. If this initiative passes, rent control in Berkeley would be wiped out in few years as units become permanently decontrolled. I cannot... Continue Reading

06/10/2007


Berkeley Housing Chief Quits Amid Scandal
Berkeley Housing Chief Quits Amid Scandal

Berkeley official oversaw agency that allegedly mismanaged $25 million By Doug Oakley, MEDIANEWS STAFF Inside Bay Area Article Last Updated:06/06/2007 07:49:59 AM PDT Berkeley Housing Department director Steve Barton resigned Tuesday, the latest person to leave in the wake of a scandal that has... Continue Reading

06/5/2007


Implausible Deniability at BHA
Implausible Deniability at BHA

Editors, Daily Planet:Let me get this straight: Back in 2002, HUD said the Berkeley Housing Authority was “troubled” and needed fixing. For five years, the Mayor and Council got reports from Housing Director Steve Barton, describing how he had tried, and failed, to fix the problems.... Continue Reading

06/5/2007


The Housing Scandal: A Perfect Storm
The Housing Scandal: A Perfect Storm

By David M. Wilson (05-25-07) In separate reports, City Manager Phil Kamlarz and City Attorney Manuela Albuquerque have found gross incompetence, if not fraud, in the Berkeley Housing Authority. BHA manages a budget of $25,000,000 per year. This is supposed to provide subsidized housing for nearly... Continue Reading

06/5/2007


The Condo Conversion Initiative: Fact Sheet
The Condo Conversion Initiative: Fact Sheet

WHAT DOES THE MEASURE DO? Empowers tenants to buy their own homes at a substantial discount. Protects tenants from uncontrolled TIC conversions and Ellis Act evictions Provides new revenues to the City for maintaining and expanding its affordable housing programs. Restores balance to our City: ... Continue Reading

06/6/2006


Is This the Future of Rent Control?
Is This the Future of Rent Control?

[President's Message, September 2005] Rent control in Berkeley is a rapidly turning into a relic. With each passing day and each new vacancy, a smaller and smaller number of apartments are subject to the strictest form of control. New construction is everywhere, and not a single unit is... Continue Reading

09/1/2005