[OP-ED] Public land for the greatest public good


In November of 2019, a revised vision was unveiled for the publicly owned land at the north end of Burlingame, a parcel of 6.42 acres under the jurisdiction of the Peninsula Health Care District. Clearly the new plan has moved the needle in the direction of the public good. But there is still a lot more that can be done to achieve the utmost public good.

The initial proposal was for a senior community that included 375 apartments, 90% at market rate and 10% minimally discounted. The new proposal includes a total of 477 senior apartments, with 39 percent affordable at lower-income levels.

But why not 100 percent?

What Do Tenant Protections Look Like Post AB 1482?


What:
Tenant Protection Act Legal Workshop
When:
6:30 – 8:45 P.M.
Wednesday
January 22
Where:
Main Library
1044 Middlefield Road 
Redwood City, CA 94063

One Redwood City (formerly Fair Rents, Redwood City) will be hosting a legal clinic for housing justice folks (like you)! Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) and Legal Aid Society of San Mateo attorneys will form a panel to review and to answer questions about the California Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482). We know that none of our cities are equipped to educate tenants and to fully support this new state law, and it will be up to us to truly get the word out and protect tenants against landlord backlash.

One San Mateo Meeting


What:
One San Mateo Meeting
When:
Wednesday, December 4th @ 7 P.M.
Where:
The Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave. San Mateo
Wednesday, December 4, One San Mateo will meet to review and relish the work we have undertaken over the past year. We will also begin thinking about priorities for next year.
Please come in a celebratory frame of mind, and if you are inclined to bring a snack to share, please do so.
As usual, we will plan to meet at the Congregational Church of San Mateo (CCSM) from 7 to 8:45 P.M. (There may be a conflict with the space. So keep an eye out for any updates.)

[EVENT] Peninsula Health Care District Town Hall


What:
Peninsula Health Care District town hall on development plans for former Peninsula Hospital site
When:
6 P.M
November 18th
Where:
Recreation Center
850 Burlingame Ave.
This is the first town hall since the Peninsula Health Care District board was forced by the community to go back to the drawing board and revise their plans for putting primarily market-rate housing on public land. The early indications, however, are that the plans still do not go far enough in dedicating the land to affordable housing. Therefore, we, the community of people whose tax dollars pay for this land, need to continue to demonstrate to the PHCD board our overwhelming commitment to an affordable housing centered vision for this land.

[EVENT] San Mateo City Council Meeting on Emergency Ordinance to Protect Tenants


This Monday night, the San Mateo City Council will discuss an emergency ordinance very similar to the ones passed unanimously in Redwood City and Daly City. This emergency ordinance would make the provisions of AB 1482—the rent cap and ban on unjust evictions—effective immediately. This way landlords cannot continue to take advantage of the time between now and January 1st (when AB 1482 goes into effect throughout the state) to hit tenants will extreme rent increases and unjust evictions.

It’s very important that we show up Monday night to make sure that the Council does what is in their power to smooth the road forward for tenants.