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Oakland Tenants Protest Investors Plan to ‘Inspect’ Their Units During Pandemic

A Bay Area rent strike could be a harbinger of tenant unrest as California prepares for an eviction tsunami triggered by the pandemic.

Capital & Main - Tenants and supporters demonstrated at an Oakland apartment complex where tenants are mounting a rent strike against Mosser Capital. During the COVID-19 crisis the landlord is insisting on bringing investors to inspect the apartments despite the danger of contagion.

Mosser bought more than 20 buildings in Oakland in 2016, according to the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), which organized the rent strike. Mosser received a Paycheck Protection Program loan between $2 million and $5 million during the pandemic.

Housing activists urge Valley lawmaker to support colleagues’ rent relief bill over his own

Hertzberg co-authored his own bill aimed at providing rent relief, but activists say another piece of legislation, AB 1436, is stronger.

Los Angeles Daily News - Activists seeking relief for struggling renters brought their demands to the Van Nuys home of Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg on Friday, July 17, urging him to support legislation that would bar landlords from evicting tenants as they pay back rent they were unable to make during the COVID-19 emergency.


Groups rally in downtown San Diego for rent, child care help

KGTV ABC 10 - A pair of protests collided in front of State Sen. Toni Atkins' downtown San Diego office Friday morning, and joined forces to call for help.

Members from the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment gathered to tell Atkins to support Assembly Bill 1436, which would extend the eviction moratorium until April 1, 2021. They say it's the only way to protect people who haven't been able to pay rent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tenants block Oakland landlord from sending speculators to inspect apartments

Loud rally keeps investors from entering units during the COVID crisis.

48 Hills - It was a musical morning on Thursday at 444 28th Street in West Oakland where tenants, community organizers from the ACCE Institute and the Black Housing Union, and the Brass Liberation Orchestra, a band which performs at protests and rallies, held a rally in front of the apartment building.

The building’s landlord since 2018, Mosser Capital, has sent multiple notices saying that investors would be coming to inspect the 34 apartments, and tenants sought to prevent potential speculators from entering the apartments, which they say is a hazardous practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protest in La Jolla highlights income disparity, social injustice

San Diego Community Newspaper Group - Protesters rode in a caravan around La Jolla on July 1 to drive their point home by picketing the houses of the wealthy as part of a statewide effort to promote greater social equity.

Caravan protest in Sacramento seeks community investment, accountability of the wealthy

The Sacramento Bee - A group of workers and activists rode in a caravan of vehicles Wednesday afternoon to the lavish home of a wealthy Sacramento real estate developer as part of statewide protest demanding California’s millionaires and billionaires to invest in underrepresented communities hit the hardest by coronavirus pandemic.

About 60 people in about 30 vehicles started their caravan at the planned site of a University of California, Davis development project near Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, before the demonstration headed to the home of Angelo Tsakopoulos, the founder of AKT Development.

Tenant rights groups seek to bolster LA protections from COVID-19 evictions

The Hub - LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Community rights organizations are seeking to join a federal lawsuit to defend the city of Los Angeles’ COVID-19 emergency eviction protections and rent freeze, it was announced today.

Attorneys for the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy filed a motion to intervene Wednesday in the legal action lodged last month by the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles. The Southland’s largest landlord organization wants to void protections from evictions enacted by the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why these protesters car marched from Aggie Square to the mansion of Angelo Tsakopoulos

The Sacramento Bee - As part of a statewide event, protesters from the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment called for the wealthy to pay for the recovery from the coronavirus. They caravanned from Oak Park to the home of developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos.