Complaint Alleges Landlord Initiative “Misleads” Voters and Amounts to “Sneaky Repeal” of Tenant Protections


Mountain View, CA—Today 18 residents of Mountain View filed a complaint with the City Attorney alleging that a recently proposed landlord initiative is rife with misleading statements and inaccuracies.  The complaint demands that the City Attorney reject the proposed initiative unless the landlord campaign corrects the falsehoods.

Redwood City passes renter protections


In an effort to ease burdens on renters amidst the ongoing housing crisis, the Redwood City Council unanimously passed two renter protection ordinances requiring landlords to offer minimum lease terms, and in certain circumstances, help pay for the relocation of displaced low-income tenants

District Attorney Files Felony Charges for Election Fraud Against Signature Gatherers Paid by the California Apartment Association


Pacifica, CA–The San Mateo County District Attorney has filed multiple felony charges against referendum petition signature gatherers hired by the California Apartment Association (CAA). The CAA referendum overturned a temporary law passed by the Pacifica City Council that would have protected tenants from exorbitant rent increases and unjust evictions in the months leading up to the November 2017 vote on rent control. Fair Rents 4 Pacifica, a local all-volunteer community organization, filed a complaint with the District Attorney alleging that signature gatherers were misrepresenting the referendum to gain signatures.

[EVENT] Car-Light Housing: More Affordability, Less Traffic


Transportation and housing are at a crisis point in Silicon Valley, and they’re connected to another hot issue: climate change. What can we do to solve all three problems simultaneously?

One San Mateo and the Community Conversation Around Whether to Extend Measure P


The City of San Mateo is regularly re-examining its policies, and One San Mateo is committed to playing its part in that process, steadfastly advocating for fairness and inclusion, with a particular focus on housing.

One issue that is coming up for increased discussion is the extension Measure P (you can read Measure P in its entirety here). One San Mateo is presently undertaking a rigorous process of deliberation on Measure P, including as it relates to San Mateo’s upcoming development of a new General Plan. We hope everyone will do the same in properly informing themselves and thinking deeply about these issues. 

In due course, we will arrive at an assessment as an organization and publicly add our voice to this important discussion.  We thank you for patiently and attentively walking alongside us in this process.

The Steering Committee of One San Mateo

Lawmakers propose new eviction protections


California lawmakers are rolling out a series of new bills aimed at easing the state’s housing crisis by helping renters who face eviction.

Assembly Bill 2343 was introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and co-authored by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. 

If passed, the bill would extend the period of time that tenants have to respond to eviction lawsuits so they can present a legitimate defense. It would also give them more time to pay their rent or comply with other contractual obligations in the lease.