Sarah joined CLSEPA in March 2020 as a Housing and Economic Advancement Program Fellow. Previously, she worked as a Human Rights Law Fellow at the International Justice Resource Center (IJRC) in San Francisco, where Sarah focused on women’s rights, anti-discrimination, and human rights issues within Latin America. Prior to working at IJRC, she worked on policy advocacy to advance the … Read More

Menlo Park Council To Consider Enacting State Renter Protection Law Early

Council will consider an urgency ordinance on Tuesday after hearing reports of seniors facing eviction and a teacher with a $500 rent increase Word of a new state law that restricts evictions and rent hikes, set to take effect Jan. 1, has triggered a number of major rent increases and evictions in Menlo Park as some landlords seek to make … Read More

Redwood City Approves Rent Cap, Just-Cause Eviction Protections

BY AMY DIPIERRO OCTOBER 31, 2019Redwood City officials approved an urgency ordinance capping rent increases and setting new requirements for just-cause evictions, joining a small group of California cities to pass similar emergency measures as tenants wait for statewide protections that take effect in 2020. Tenants advocates in the Peninsula and elsewhere in California say they’ve seen a wave of evictions and … Read More

San Mateo County Officials Review ICE ooperation

In light of a state law that took effect in 2018 and restricted local law enforcement agencies’ ability to respond to the federal agency’s requests for information on inmates, San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos said officials have been monitoring the department’s policies to ensure they are within the new laws and maintain public safety. Acknowledging Senate Bill 54, also … Read More

When a neighborhood’s days are numbered

The signs are everywhere: overgrown weeds, rusted lawn furniture and an eerie absence of people. It’s not just a lack of maintenance, it’s an aura hanging over the entire community that knows the end is near. Within three weeks, all 59 apartments at the complex must be vacated. Starting next month, the neighborhood is slated to be demolished to make … Read More

Deal strengthens bill to cap California rent hikes

Sep 4, 2019 A deal refining a bill designed to prevent rent gouging drew cheers from the local author as well as advocacy organizations, while other critics stand firmly opposed to the proposal. Lawmakers amended Assembly Bill 1482 to include annual 5% rent caps plus inflation with a 10% maximum increase, lowering a previous 7% threshold, according to a deal … Read More

Protest of Planned Federal Immigration Roundups Draws Hundreds to Redwood City

By Ruth Robterson The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay) Staff President Donald Trump has threatened mass deportation roundups, starting today. On Friday July 12, in Redwood City, California, demonstrators said it was important to protest the administration’s crackdown.  Photos by Charlie Moehle, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.   Saying their vigil was a chance to … Read More

East Palo Altans Form Tenants Union to Fight Housing Crisis

By Sue Dremann Palo Alto Weekly staff  July 1, 2019   More than 60 East Palo Alto residents voted on Saturday to form a tenants union to combat rising housing costs that they say are harming the city’s long-term residents.   The action was brought about by multiple nonprofit organizations that advocate for renters, immigrants and seniors, which convened the … Read More