District Attorney Investigates “Misleading” Tactics in Real Estate-Backed Political Campaign in Pacifica

Evidence surfaces that signature gathering campaign bankrolled by landlord and real estate lobbyists would have failed but for allegedly misleading statements. Pacifica, CA – The District Attorney is investigating reports of misrepresentations made by paid signature gatherers during a referendum campaign in Pacifica sponsored by the real estate industry. In May 2017, an industry-backed referendum narrowly repealed a temporary renter … Read More

Fighting for East Palo Alto Families

  In an important victory for hundreds of East Palo Alto families, a federal court gave the green light to a class action lawsuit against Equity Residential, one of the largest landlords in California.  CLSEPA and our co-counsel now represent thousands of renters from across California in a case alleging that EQR charged late fees in violation of California law. … Read More

DACA Renewal Clinic

Does your DACA expire between September 5th 2017-March 5th 2018? Renew at our free DACA workshop! Limited funds are available to cover the $495 filing fee on a first come, first serve basis! Thursday, September 28th, at 4PM 135 Commonwealth Dr., Menlo Park Please Bring: Current DACA work authorization card (Expiring 09/05/17 through 03/05/18) Copy of previously filed DACA application … Read More

California vows to fight White House DACA decision, but how far can states go?

Throughout California, the message to Dreamers in the wake of President Donald Trump’s plan to end deportation protection for young undocumented immigrants has been clear: We’ve got your backs. But with the federal government’s exclusive control to enforce immigration law, it’s not clear how effective the resistance of California and other states will be. On Wednesday, 15 states and the … Read More

The Great Silicon Valley Land Grab

The city of East Palo Alto, a wedge of modest houses and light industrial sites in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been passed by in the great tech boom. A historically black area, it has seen a big Hispanic influx in the past two decades, with more than three out of four residents now coming from one of those … Read More

Media- I can’t sleep

Holding handmade posters highlighting health concerns, members of the community gathered outside a San Mateo apartment building in support of tenants who say they’re facing steep rent increases despite their homes being infested with cockroaches, bedbugs and mold. Kenneth Centeno. Son of Jose Centeno, who spoke at the demonstration. While the landlord says he’s working on the issues, the housing … Read More

PRESS RELEASE – 16 Families Face Exorbitant Rent Increases Amid Cockroach and Bed Bug-Infested Conditions in San Mateo

For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Adriana Guzman (415) 867-6279 or adriana@faithinactionba.org René Alejandro Ortega (650) 391-0375 or rortega@clsepa.org Date: August 17, 2017   16 Families Face Exorbitant Rent Increases Amid Cockroach and Bed Bug-Infested Conditions in San Mateo   Community holds prayer vigil in support of 16 families demanding safe and clean living conditions and the right to an affordable home. … Read More