Hundreds of Richmond residents given noticeTell the Council to Stop the Evictions Tuesday 5:30
Evictions are happening everywhere in the city as landlords try to beat the clock to lock in high rents and speed gentrification. The City Council can stop these mass evictions on Tuesday by passing an emergency moratorium that would go into effect immediately. Even people opposed to rent control recognize the injustice of the landlord actions. A moratorium will let the voters decide the issue in November. The time to act is now.
Call or email Nat Bates, Vinay Pimple and Tom Butt, tell them to pass this moratorium. Join us on Tuesday, 5:30pm on Civic Center Plaza to show support and consider speaking during public forum.
Mayor's answer to residentsMisleading information on Creekview Evctions
(Here is the full reply from Tom Butt copied to residents who have asked him to support the eviction moratorium.)
"No one is being evicted from Creekview. They were all on month to month rentals at far below market rates because the owners knew they would eventually have to vacate the buildings for major repairs. Creekview informed them that their rental agreements would not be renewed. This may sound like splitting hairs, but it's an important technical point. If a building has to be repaired, the tenants, in this case, are severely inconvenienced. I'm not sure what the alternative is. The moratorium, by the way, would not prohibit vacating a building for repairs.
BTW according to tenants, the landlord is housing construction workers in some of the "vacated" apartments so they can be habitable during repairs. The generous landlords "knew" the repairs had to be made but could only give a 60 day notice? Click here for more on the Beverly Hills landlord.
I think the tenants all over Richmond would really appreciate these protections. I hope you will vote for the moratorium.
Every Saturday and SundayWe love Richmond, so let's get outside
Let's knock on some doors. Every Saturday (10–2) and Sunday (noon–4), meet up at 2540 Macdonald Ave., across from the library. The office will be staffed noon–8 on weekdays, too. We’ll provide instructions and answer your questions. We’re finding people home in the early evening and especially Sunday afternoon.
We’ve got cool new canvassing tools, so bring your smartphone if you've got one. If not, no worries, we've got you covered
Get out and meet your neighbors all around Richmond!
Find out their concerns.
• Talk about Measure L, rent control and just cause for eviction.
• Talk about our health and environmental justice: refinery pollution, asthma, and the lack of votes on the 2014 City Council to save our only public hospital.
• Talk about public schools, and how our candidates are pledged to support neighborhood schools and stop the spread of corporate charters in Richmond. Talk public safety. Talk budget priorities: our kids, our support services.
• And talk about the progress we've made and can continue
making if we elect Ben Choi and Melvin Willis to the City
To help our volunteers prepare walk sheets and materials, we ask you to please RSVP here, or phone us at 510-412-2260.
We know you're busy...
Thank you for all your support!
Community organizing wins victorySchool Board Stops Adams Sale to Charter
RPA: "No, billionaire bullies, you can't have Adams!"
RPA joined a coalition of parents, teachers, and neighbor's of East Richmond Heights in opposing the Adams Middle School sale to Caliber (a charter management organization).
The proposed sale for $60,000 would transferred valuable public land to a shell corporation, controlled by failed hedge fund managers and bankers.
Richmond Vice-Mayor spoke on the coalition's behalf last Wednesday, Sept. 7. He noted, "The sale of Adams affect Richmond residents and students forever." With such overwhelming grass-roots opposition, the Board announced the close of negotiations on Adams.
In short, we stopped the privatization of public land. Thanks for your efforts, energy, and enthusiasm!
--RPA Education Committee
Council Agenda TuesdayInsist on Public Process for Pt Molate
Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin has placed item L-2 on the Council agenda on Tuesday to have staff work with the Point Molate Community Advisory Committee(PMAC) and others to organize three community meetings to determine the outlines of rehabilitation and redevelopment of this valuable section of Richmond.
Please come to City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, to speak in favor of L-2 that will start the process for these three community meetings so the public can weigh-in on land use designations for Pt. Molate. The future of this treasured site is in our hands.
Thurs 9/15 at 6:30pmSpecial event - Frackopoly
Join us for a special event with Frackopoly author Wenonah Hauter. A true tale of corruption and greed, Frackopoly exposes how a century of political meddling facilitated the control of our energy system by a handful of giant corporations and financial institutions. The book also examines the powerful and sometimes unlikely interests that have supported fracking.
But even amid such dire circumstances, author Wenonah Hauter is hopeful. Now more than ever, people are standing up to the fossil fuel industry and forcing action from elected leaders. Frackopoly chronicles the power generated by a growing grassroots movement that is not just fighting fracking, but re-claiming our democracy.
The events will take place Thursday, September 15th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center (2540 Macdonald Ave.)
Support Measure T and school board candidates who will...Strengthen our neighborhood schools
The Richmond Progressive Alliance has endorsed Measure T, the extension of the parcel tax, that funds important educational programs and school libraries.
The RPA has endorsed three candidates for school board who are
committed to rebuilding neighborhood schools and have pledged not to
take contributions from corporations and charter school PACS. They
Legal Victory for Richmond Walmart WorkersNLRB rules that discipline for strike was unfair
Workers at the Richmond Walmart had been disciplined for a brief protest strike in an action that was widely supported by the Richmond progressive community during the Thanksgiving period in 2012. On September 1 of this year, the NLRB ruled that the discipline was unfair. Reported in Daily Labor Report
New Issue of Richmond Sun Mailed
It went out to voting households in Richmond.