Berkeley Measure AA: Owner Move-In Relocation Funds and Protections for Renters with Children

Housing Stability

Who Supports Measure AA? Endorsements!

October 12, 2016 by Katherine Harr | 0 comments

“Help prevent kids from having their educations disrupted. Vote yes on AA.”
— East Bay Express

These changes to the Berkeley rent ordinance, which include updating relocation benefits and protecting children from evictions during the school year, were put on the ballot by a unanimous City Council at the request of the Rent Board.

Measure AA is endorsed by many different groups, because it supports education, preserves diversity, and by slowing displacement it also helps the environment.

Alameda County Democratic Party
Green Party of Alameda County

Berkeley Federation of Teachers
The Berkeley School Board

Sierra Club – San Francisco Bay Chapter
Associated Students of the University of California
Berkeley Progressive Alliance
Berkeley Citizens Action

Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
East Bay Young Democrats
Friends of Adeline

East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)
East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC)
Berkeley Tenants Union
Tenants Together
The Berkeley Rent Board

Learn More:

Progressive Endorsers Chart from Daily Planet
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2016-10-07/article/44966?headline=Measures-and-Propositions-Progressive-endorsers–Margot-Smith

East Bay Express Endorsements
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/vote-with-us-the-east-bay-express-endorsements-for-election-day-2016/Content?oid=4986340

 

Ballot Argument

October 11, 2016 by Katherine Harr | 0 comments

Owner Move-in Evictions in Berkeley

Owner Move-in Evictions in Berkeley

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE AA

Measure AA increases protections for renters evicted through no fault of their own during this unprecedented housing crisis, including families with children, and updates the Rent Ordinance to conform to changes in state law. This measure was placed on the ballot by the Mayor, Rent Board, and a unanimous City Council because it requires a vote of the people.

EVERY CHILD deserves the security of the same home and classroom throughout the school year. This is true whether the child’s parents own their home or are tenants. Measure AA would delay owner move-in evictions of children until school is out for summer and require fair relocation payments. As in other cities, this measure will bring needed stability to our classrooms.

Moving is expensive! The number of “no-fault” evictions have tripled in the last few years. Without fair relocation payments tenants cannot afford to stay in Berkeley. Measure AA will increase relocation payment amounts, which have not been adjusted in thirty years, and are far less than in cities like San Francisco, Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

A few “good government” clean-up changes to the Rent Ordinance are included in Measure AA. These changes will not weaken the law or change the way the Rent Board administers it, but will make the law easier to understand and follow.

A YES vote will:

  • Protect Families with Children from owner move-in evictions during the school year.
  • Provide Fair Relocation Payments to tenants who are evicted for owner move-in.
  • Protect Landlords and Tenants by making the Rent Ordinance easier to understand.
  • Promote Neighborhood Stability and Preserve Diversity.

Join City Council and School Board members, the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley Tenants Union, Landlords, and East Bay Young Democrats in Voting YES ON MEASURE AA.

Judy Appel, Berkeley School Board
Maxwell G. Anderson Jr., City Councilmember District 3
Katherine Harr, Vice-Chair Rent Stabilization Board; Small Property Owner
Matthew Lewis, ASUC Housing Commission Chair, on behalf of the Associated Students of the University of California
Christina Murphy, Housing Coordinator