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Parents, students and teachers take demands to LAUSD and LA Area Chamber

A coalition of advocacy groups and unions urged passage of Prop 15 in November.

LA Daily News - Parents, students and teachers rolled a car caravan to the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce that filtered into a school district office in downtown L.A. Monday, Aug. 3 to urge a safe and equitable reopening of L.A. public schools and passage of Proposition 15.

The demonstration arrived at the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce around 10 a.m. where activists held a press conference. Following that a small group walked to a nearby office for the Los Angeles Unified School District. There students and other individuals entered the lobby where they were confronted by security guards as car horns blared outside on the street.

Many Bay Area eviction moratoriums have extended: know your tenant rights

KVTU FOX2 - Many eviction moratoriums across the Bay Area have been extended, some indefinitely, and many others through the end of September. But tenant protections will vary depending on where you live.

In all Bay Area counties, renters have strong protections relative to the rest of the country. Certain cities, such as Oakland, where no one can ever be evicted due to nonpayment of rent during the pandemic, have their own rules, and the strongest protection prevails. 

The amount of time tenants will have to pay their rent varies from 90 days in Marin County to one year in Alameda County.

“When the courts open is when we're going to see all of this play out—the difference between living in Alameda County and living in San Mateo or Contra Costa,” said Leah Simon-Weisberg, the legal director for anti-displacement and land use programs at the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. “So, whether you live in Albany or El Cerrito is going to make a huge difference.”

Housing Justice Movement Takes on the Barons of Real Estate

Proposition 21 Reaches Campaign Milestone with 3,421 Individual Donations, While Committees Representing Billionaire developers, investors funding the opposition raised millions from 141 contributors

November ballot measure that will limit rent increases and preserve affordable housing in California sees an influx of support and small donations as millions of Californians already struggling with the state’s high housing costs face further housing insecurity due to economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic

BusinessWire - Housing justice advocates and champions of Proposition 21, a November 2020 state ballot initiative that will limit unfair rents, keeping families in their homes and preventing homelessness, are pleased to announce they have reached a significant campaign milestone: 3,421 individual campaign donations, with an average contribution of $12.76, have been made in support of the initiative. Meanwhile, four committees supported by the most powerful players in Big Real Estate, including the California Apartment Association, the California Rental Housing AssociationEssex Property TrustAvalonBay Communities, and Equity Residential, have raised millions with a combined 141 contributions.https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200731005500/en/

There Is No Better Time Than Now for Philanthropy to Spend Itself Out of Existence

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - As our nation grapples with a confluence of crises, philanthropy is abuzz with how best to respond. Some are increasing payouts. Others are allowing grantees more flexibility in how they spend funds. A few have issued bonds to increase their charitable giving without tapping endowments. These are all useful steps, but none do enough to uproot historical inequities and upend power structures in society and philanthropy.

We offer an alternative solution: We encourage foundations to join the growing movement to distribute all their philanthropic assets within the next few years.

As the leaders of three foundations doing just that, we feel compelled in this moment to encourage grant makers to redistribute private philanthropic wealth back into communities instead of holding on to funds so their institutions can exist indefinitely. If we are to live our values, we must ask ourselves and our peers, “What are we saving our endowments for?”

Our call to distribute all endowment assets echoes many of our grantees’ pleas. Christina Livingston, director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, says philanthropists who publicly declare their support for racial justice need to “unlock endowments and let those who bear the brunt of generations of systemic racial and economic violence determine how those resources can best serve.”

No work, no rent: Tenants grapple with mounting debt, shrinking benefits

LA Daily News - Alicia Kneifl had just started a new life in a new city with a new job. She and her husband sold their house in Lancaster, put their goods and their boat in storage, and rented an 11th-story Long Beach apartment with city and ocean views.

Then the coronavirus shutdowns came, and the Kneifls rapidly lost everything — first their jobs, then their savings. They paid less than half their rent through June and couldn’t pay any in July.

Adding to their hardship, Kneifl’s unemployment check will drop to $198 next week unless Congress extends the $600 weekly unemployment supplement approved under the CARES Act.

“You can’t really survive on that. That’s nothing,” Kneifl said during a phone interview, starting to sob. “All day long, I’m researching. Mornings, I’m applying for jobs, afternoons I’m trying to find resources, like food stamps. … It’s definitely a scary situation.”

 

Danville caravan continues push to defund local law enforcement agencies

KRON - The push to defund local law enforcement agencies continued in Danville on Thursday. Activists held a car caravan protest outside the home of a Contra Costa County supervisor. The group is calling on the county to shrink the sheriff’s budget and redirect those funds to community causes. A caravan of cars making two passes by Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen’s home in Danville.​

U.S. eviction bans are ending. That could worsen the spread of coronavirus

Reuters - Last month, as the coronavirus was surging in Houston, recently unemployed hospital secretary Ramzan Boudoin got more bad news: She had six days to vacate her apartment for failing to pay the rent.

A Texas ban on evictions had enabled Boudoin to keep the two-bedroom place she shared with her daughter and granddaughter while she searched for another job. But that moratorium expired on May 18. The landlord took legal action and Boudoin couldn’t come up with $2,997 plus interest to settle the judgment.

Oakland extends freeze on evictions indefinitely amid patchwork of varying rules

FOX 2 KTVU - The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday to extend the city’s eviction moratorium until the state of emergency expires, which means that renters cannot be evicted in most cases, including COVID-related nonpayment, but will have to pay the owed rent when the state of emergency is over. These protections, which have an indefinite expiration date, coexist alongside Alameda County’s eviction moratorium, which provides similar protections until the end of September. 

The amount of time renters have to pay back their owed rent is not specified in the Oakland moratorium, but the county ordinance allows people 12 months to pay the rent back without being evicted, during which time the owed funds will become a consumer debt. Both ordinances prevent tenants from being removed from their homes due to this debt, and from having an eviction judgement against them, which could impact long term housing security.

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