200+ Families Evicted… Continued (5) - Posted by RT in CA
Posted by RT in CA on February 28, 2002 at 13:32:46:
This is the 5th news article of Mass Eviction happened in Northern California. I hope I don’t bore you folks. But it seems like the tenants are getting initial victory. However, the legistrature only goes against “Mass Displacement” and there is a definition of it. Surely, it’s getting interesting…
Why do I feel I am watching a creation of history?
RT in CA
Renter protection measure advances
By Gwendolyn Crump – Bee Staff Writer (www.Sacbee.com)
Published 5:30 a.m. PST Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002
Emergency legislation to give renters such as those targeted in suburban Sacramento and Santa Rosa more time to vacate cleared its first hurdle Wednesday by passing the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The bill, which would apply statewide with a two-year sunset clause, was approved by a 9-1 vote and will move to the floor of the Assembly.
The legislation, SB 617 by state Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, would give tenants in mass lease terminations 90 days to vacate.
“When entire neighborhoods are asked to uproot, they need to be assured some protections, as well as given time, to make good decisions about alternative housing, schools and jobs,” Ortiz said.
The bill was opposed by Assemblyman Thomas Harman, R-Huntington Beach, who said he has reservations about whether the measure is constitutional.
“A willing landlord and a willing tenant entered into a 30-day agreement, and we’re talking about a law that would invalidate that,” Harman said afterward. “My opinion is that we’re stepping over the line. We should not be doing this.”
The bill’s co-authors were Assembly members Patricia Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, and Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
Acknowledging that landlords have rights, Wiggins said, “there are sometimes larger public, social and family issues that have to be taken into consideration when a landlord’s business decisions undermine an entire community. This bill attempts to do that.”
“Extraordinary situations demand extraordinary action,” Steinberg said. “It shows that we can act quickly when people are affected in such a profound way.”
In early February, attorneys for Gensiro Kawamoto, a developer who lives in Japan, had issued 30-day notices for families on month-to month leases to vacate rental properties in Citrus Heights, Antelope, Orangevale and Rocklin. Kawamoto agreed Tuesday not file evictions on the 420 local homes until March 20.
In the other case, about 150 tenants in Santa Rosa were asked to vacate.
The proposed law would apply to mass displacement of 50 or more units in a five-mile radius and tenants current on their rent who get a 30-day vacate notice from the same owner.
The bill would allow the courts to have discretion in staying or delaying an eviction order.
It was amended in committee to include a two-year sunset clause.
The committee heard testimony in support of SB 617 from tenants and statewide associations. The bill was supported by the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, The California Housing Corp., the attorney general’s office and local and state housing rights advocates. Opponents of the bill reached an agreement with the sponsors before testimony was taken Wednesday.