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2.2 20-0519 Subject: Emergency Eviction Moratorium Extension From: Councilmembers Bas, President Pro Tempore Kalb And City Attorney Parker Recommendation: Adopt An Emergency Ordinance Amending Ordinance Nos. 13589 C.M.S. And 13594 C.M.S. To Extend The Moratorium On Residential Evictions During The Local Emergency Proclaimed In Response To The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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    Holly Hawkins over 3 years ago

    Supporting this eviction moratorium extension is essential. With Pandemic Unemployment Assistance set to end at the end of July, evictions at this time would be catastrophic. This is a matter of public health. There is no other option. We are in the midst of a pandemic and these are unprecedented times. We cannot continue on with business as usual, we must take swift measures to preserve the healthy and safety of our people by supporting this proposal.

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    Amar Lal over 3 years ago

    I am a renter in District 3 who recently lost his job/income due to a COVID-19-related business closure. We are far from the end of the economic repercussions, job losses, and life disruptions of this pandemic. I am urging you to extend the eviction moratorium indefinitely in order to protect the housing stability of all residents of Oakland. Keeping residents housed in place is not only an issue of stability and basic rights to housing, but also of public health, as the housing search and moving processes will only cause further, unnecessary interpersonal contact at this time.

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    Selene Chala over 3 years ago

    My name is Selene and I live in district/neighborhood 3. I urge you to IMMEDIATELY extend Oakland's eviction moratorium until the state of emergency is lifted. Experts warn of a tsunami of evictions due to COVID-19. Like the pandemic and police violence, communities of color will bear the brunt of the crisis. Housing keeps us safe, not the police. City Council must Defund OPD by adopting Kaplan/Bas's cuts of at least an additional 11.4M and reimagine public safety. They must also extend the Eviction Moratorium until at least the end of the local state of emergency, pass the Tenant Protection Upgrades, and protect workers by passing the Right to Recall ordinance.

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    Alex Acua over 3 years ago

    I am a resident of District 1 and I strongly support this measure. We must do everything in our power to keep people housed at all times, but especially during a pandemic. Failing to extend the moratorium will increase homelessness and exacerbate the impacts of the virus, not to mention create more expenses for the city. Please extend the moratorium.

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    Ella Teevan over 3 years ago

    I'm a resident of District 1. I strongly support continuing the moratorium on evictions. Oakland has an opportunity to protect its tenants and prevent a wave of evictions, which will especially affect communities of color. Especially during a pandemic, it's imperative that we keep people and families housed.

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    Ruby Strandlund over 3 years ago

    I am Ruby and I live in District 3. I urge you to extend the eviction moratorium to ensure the safety of Oakland tenants who have been financially disrupted by the pandemic. Many of us are uncertain about when we are going to be able to secure reliable income again. Moreover, those who are already most vulnerable in our community will be the ones who end up suffering the most.

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    Rachel Heydemann over 3 years ago

    Evictions in a global pandemic is a recipe for disaster. The moratorium is an essential bandaid for a gaping wound that predated Coronavirus and has certainly only grown more extreme with widening wealth inequality, record unemployment, and zero government relief. This is absolutely essential life-saving legislation and I trust the council to honor their commitment and their responsibility to the hundreds of thousands relying on them. Thank you. Councilmembers Bas and Kalb for being exceptional voices of reason on this council. I hope the other councilmembers follow your lead and your example.

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    Molly Roberts over 3 years ago

    I'm a resident of D4 in Oakland - I would call into the meeting but I'm an essential worker and am using my lunch break to ask you to please, please extend the eviction moratorium at least until the state of emergency is lifted, and pass the tenant protection upgrades.As I said, I'm an essential worker, so I can still pay rent, but my roommate was laid off, and we have no idea how long this will last. People of color in Oakland are already bearing the brunt of this crisis and will continue to. I actually rent in a building that I discovered was previously owned by people who died from AIDS, and I don't want to see another wave of gentrification in our community due to a pandemic that disproportionately harms marginalized communities. Please extend the eviction moratorium, defund OPD, and invest in our unhoused citizens.

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    Catherine Kung over 3 years ago

    I live in district 2. thx CM Bas for modeling true leadership. I'm asking the city IMMEDIATELY extend the eviction moratoriumthe pandemic is actually over. Experts warn of a tsunami of evictions due to COVID-19. Like the pandemic and police brutality, communities of color will bear the brunt of the crisis. Housing keeps us safe, not the police. Oakland must extend the Eviction Moratorium until at least the end of the local state of emergency and pass the Tenant Protection Upgrades to prevent tenants from being harassed out of their homes now, and after the pandemic.

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    Amy Cook over 3 years ago

    Suddenly having thousands of people evicted would be catastrophic right now for Oakland. Please extend the moratorium. Help landlords work with tenants on lowered payments, payment plans, or tax exemptions for tenants that cannot pay. Large companies that rent should not have the same exemptions as landlords with small complexes. This needs to be about saving renters and small business owners to keep this city intact.

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    Terri McWilliams over 3 years ago

    It's imperative that an extension on the moratorium on residential evictions during the COVID-19 health crisis. What's most important that the city council and the city attorney's office works closely with tenant and resident organizations to implement a program that assist all parties affected by the loss of income, childcare, and illness that affects the ability to pay rent and mortgages.

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    Sylvie Burkholder over 3 years ago

    I am a District 1 resident, and I strongly support extending the emergency eviction moratorium. For one thing, it is the morally right thing to do, but in addition sheltering in place is a key way we are managing to prevent the spread of Covid, and is only possible if people are able to remain housed.

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    Daniel Drexler over 3 years ago

    I'm a resident of District 1 and strongly support extending the eviction moratorium. Without proper protections in place, we risk abandoning our most vulnerable residents at the worst possible time. These kinds of protections are what make a community worth living in.

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    veronica graham over 3 years ago

    I am a district 4 resident and have experienced the debilitating effects of eviction. After two years I am still struggling to get back to normal. Please extend the moratorium on residential evictions during the covid crisis. And please give tenets stronger protections for the future. Our entire community benefits when people remain in stable housing. 

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    Ashleigh Halverstadt over 3 years ago

    As a resident of District 3, I strongly urge you to extend this moratorium on evictions indefinitely. Safe, reliable shelter for all is critical to public health, public safety, and economic justice. There is mounting evidence that evictions are going to skyrocket, especially in communities of color, unless we take immediate action to keep people in their homes. Housing is a human right and the bedrock of a thriving community. Please protect it.

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    Holly Fincke over 3 years ago

    I'm not sure my comment went through. I'm in District 4. I support the moratorium on evictions until the end of the state of emergency. There is not question that without your action there will be many, many evictions in Oakland with communities of color bearing the brunt of this injustice. Everyone needs to get or stayed housed, especially during a pandemic.

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    Melanie Letendre over 3 years ago

    I live in District 3 and we are counting on all of you to adopt these amendments that protect tenants. We absolutely need to extend the eviction moratorium indefinitely during these extremely precarious times (this is obvious) because HOUSING IS HEALTHCARE. Having these meetings every month where our livelihoods are up for debate is stressful and disheartening, this virus isn't going anywhere any time soon. As for the tenant protections, the landlords have been taking advantage of the master tenant/subtenant loophole for years now. Our master tenant decided to move out abruptly and now my roommate and I are at risk of losing our housing because we have far less protections as subtenants. We had made numerous requests (before the pandemic even started) to be added to the lease but our landlord refused to add us to it. They do this so that as soon as a master tenant leaves they can raise the rent knowing that the subtenants can't afford it any longer. These situations disproportionately effect POC and marginalized communities! Do the right thing please.

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    Ben Sigrist over 3 years ago

    I am a renter in District 3, West Oakland. Our household's ability to pay rent has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Many of my neighbors rent from the same landlord and several of us cannot afford to pay rent due to the loss of income from the pandemic. As a group, we have tried to contact our landlord, Justin Wallway of JDW Enterprises, and discuss this with him. However, our landlord has refused to even talk with us. Instead he sends threatening letters through abusive property managers. Please understand that we have tried our best to talk to our landlord Justin Wallway as reasonable people with reasonable proposals. But it's clear that Justin Wallway only wants to extract as much profit from us as possible without concern for our wellbeing during a global crisis. He refuses to even add additional individuals to our leases. Again, we have tried to negotiate with our landlord responsibly on our own. It's very clear now that we need additional legal protections to prevent our landlord from taking advantage of us.

    Ben Sigrist
    Renting Tenant
    District 3

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    Eric Rubin over 3 years ago

    I am a resident of D1 and I strongly support the extension of the moratorium on eviction.

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    Aima Paule over 3 years ago

    I live in district 1. I urge you to IMMEDIATELY extend Oakland's eviction moratorium until the local state of emergency is lifted. Experts warn of a tsunami of evictions due to COVID-19. Like the pandemic and police violence, communities of color will bear the brunt of the crisis. Housing keeps us safe, not the police. Will you #DefundOPD, extend the #EvictionMoratorium, and pass the #TenantProtectionUpgrades.