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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.

Protesters target wealthy in caravan for equality

Similar protests targeted wealthy Californians in other cities

San Diego Union Tribune - A caravan of about 60 cars drove through upscale San Diego neighborhoods and passed some of the city’s most affluent residents Wednesday as part of a statewide protest aimed at raising awareness of wealth disparity and inequality.

Organized by renters, workers and labor leaders, the local protest had planned to target UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, developer Douglas Manchester and MC Properties owner Michael Contreras. The protest was one of several throughout California on Wednesday, chosen because the first of the month traditionally is a day when rent is due.

“We’re visiting some of the richest people in San Diego to talk about how during this pandemic many of us are struggling to make ends meet and have a roof over our heads while these super wealthy people have made money off the backs of our community workers and renters,” said Jose Lopez, a local organizer with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

Oakland sues landlords for unsafe conditions, harassment

Substandard housing risks grow with coronavirus pandemic

San Jose Mercury News - The Oakland City Attorney has sued three landlords for allegedly harassing and trying to illegally evict tenants, escalating concerns that renters still face dislocation and dangerous conditions despite enhanced protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suit claims the landlords of three Oakland rentals harassed tenants and forced them to live in unsafe and squalid apartments for at least two years and continuing during the pandemic.

“This case presents some of the most extreme harassment and exploitation we’ve encountered in our tenant protection actions,” Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker said in a statement. “We will not tolerate this flagrant abuse in Oakland.”

Renegade Landlords: Despite Bay Area Moratoriums, Tenants Still Face Evictions


KQED - The Castillo-Gutierréz family came to Oakland five years ago, by way of Los Angeles, for the reason many people move anywhere: Work.

Anastacio Castillo, 47, the patriarch of the family, started out selling tamales and corn not in a shop, not at a stand, but by hand, person to person, hitting the streets eager to earn for his wife and three children. Eventually, he found a job as a handyman.

The Castillo-Gutierréz’s earn their living and reside in a single-family home in Oakland. But Anastacio lost work just before the pandemic shelter-in-place orders hit, making it doubly hard to recover.

The family fell behind on their rent, and now their landlord is trying to evict them, despite an Oakland eviction moratorium barring exactly that.