Housing & Homelessness (News)

Brown Sues Pleasanton Over Housing Limit

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 06/25/2009 - 2:15pm


Wednesday, June 24, 2009


(06-24) 18:14 PDT PLEASANTON -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown joined a
legal challenge Wednesday to Pleasanton's 13-year-old limit on housing
construction, arguing that the East Bay community is defying state housing
laws and adding to urban sprawl, vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions.

"Pleasanton's draconian and illegal limit on new housing forces people to
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Foreclosures take health along with homes, report says

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 2:37pm


Oakland Tribune


OAKLAND — The foreclosure crisis is causing more problems than lost homes, it also is deteriorating the health of individuals and communities, according to housing advocates and East Bay officials.

"We know where people live has a lot to do with how people live and how long they live," said Sandra Witt, deputy director of planning, policy and health equity for Alameda County's Public Health Department.

Richmond City Council passes "Just Cause' Eviction Ordinance

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 06/18/2009 - 12:28pm
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The Globe
With a population of 103,000, Richmond has its fair share of foreclosure victims. However, during this current economic crisis, there is another group of overlooked victims: renters — including good tenants who pay their bills on time and who, by no fault of their own, can also face eviction, ruined credit and homelessness.

Luke Cole - Environmental Justice Lawyer Dies

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/09/2009 - 5:24pm
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Luke Cole, a San Francisco attorney who was one of the pioneers in the field of environmental justice - filing lawsuits for poor plaintiffs or people of color whose communities were being ravaged by corporate polluters - died in a head-on car crash Saturday in Uganda. He was 46.

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More Foreclosures Could Mean More Illegal Dumping

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 11:00am


Editor’s Note: Foreclosed homes have many bad consequences and one is that homeowners often have to dispose of household belongings quickly. In East Oakland, where foreclosures are epidemic, residents believe that illegal dumping of household property and trash is on the rise. NAM environmental editor Ngoc Nguyen reports.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Darryl Brumfield knows how to find dumping hotspots. A closed business. The cover of night. No neighbors on either side. Those are the ideal conditions to dump, said Brumfield, who grew up in East Oakland. With the foreclosure crisis ravaging his neighborhood, Brumfield believes illegal dumping is on the rise.

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