12 People in a 3-Bedroom House, Then the Virus Entered the Equation

12 People in a 3-Bedroom House, Then the Virus Entered the Equation Overcrowding, not density, has defined many coronavirus hot spots. Service workers’ quarters skirting Silicon Valley are no exception. ByConor Dougherty Published August 1, 2020 It was not surprising when three-quarters of the house tested positive. There were 12 people in three bedrooms, with a bathroom whose door frequently … Read More

Pandemic hits housing affordability where it already hurts

Pandemic hits housing affordability where it already hurts Bay Area cities among the most gentrified in the country, according to national study By Ian Park on July 12, 2020 Parts of the Bay Area, particularly San Francisco and Oakland, have been subject to some of the highest rates of gentrification in the nation, according to a new study by the National Community Community … Read More

San Mateo County supervisors extend eviction moratoriums to July 28

San Mateo County supervisors extend eviction moratoriums to July 28 Renter advocates push for additional protections for households struggling with rent during pandemic by Kate Bradshaw, The Almanac June 26, 2020 With unemployment looming at more than five times its usual rate, and many residents feeling anxiety about paying rent, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to further extend … Read More


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