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Why doesn’t RRAC work?

by Eric Strimling

     Have you ever been to a RRAC meeting?I have. The one renter, out of twenty who got increases, who had the courage to confront their landlord in a public meeting had had their rent increased by 30% in three years. He asked for a break from the proposed 5% rent increase this year.…



The RRAC, A Deeply Flawed Organ

by Eric Strimling

The RRAC, A Deeply Flawed Organ   The RRAC (“Rent Review and Advisory Committee”) is a tribunal of five mayoral appointees with authority to mediate disputes between landlords and tenants. It is a throwback to British feudalism where the nobility of a region had judicial powers delegated by a monarch, represented in this case by…



Portlands’s Small House Movement

by Eric Strimling

A simple 800-square-foot cottage in Portland, Ore., has helped focus attention on the need for affordable housing that can be wedged into existing urban spaces. The cottage, which won a top design award last year from the American Institute of Architects, is technically called an “accessory dwelling unit,” or A.D.U. Portland has been ahead of…



Here Comes the Outside Money

by Eric Strimling

Here comes the outside money… Alamedans are well acquainted with outside groups coming in to tell us how to run our city –  trying to influence initiatives and bankroll our candidates for office.  Have you received a phone call over the past several days from a pollster probing your opinion about the Alameda Renters’ Coalition…



New phone survey

by Eric Strimling

We have been getting feedback on a new phone survey in Alameda. The number they call from (at least once) is 619-955-8605, may come up as Competitive Edge. This seems to be the best summary of the message they are trying to promote. And here are our responses- Summary- 1) Landlords will be subsidizing wealthy renters. 2) Homeowners…