Low-income Residents at Oakland Complex Face Eviction

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)  -- Residents of the California Hotel in downtown Oakland are appealing to Mayor Dellums and the city council for help in fighting an eviction that could put many of the low-income residents on the streets.

”That notice was illegal, you can't evict people in two and a half weeks,” said Andrew Aramburo, who has lived at the 150-unit complex for eight years. He and others rallied at city hall yesterday hoping to pressure the mayor and council members to become involved in their fight.

”I’ve spent my whole life here,” said George Clinton. “I don’t have anywhere else to go. I’ve been living at the California Hotel 12 years.”

Last week, tenants filed a lawsuit against the building’s owners, Oakland Community Housing, to block the evictions. The non-profit group was unavailable for comment.