Earlier this year, 2018, we received news we have grown accustom to namely, rent-hike displacement.
"Redwood City Tenants
The New York Times covered this January rally within the context of Trump's and the Republicans', now infamous, tax cuts for the super wealthy. As the captions of the article's photographs put it, we "[protested] rent increases outside a property management office in Redwood City, Calif., where private equity firms have been buying buildings that typically house lower-income workers and marketing the sites toward tenants in the tech industry, raising rents". Where "Sandy Hernandez, who works as a house cleaner and caregiver, is facing a 40 percent increase in her $1,900 rent since her building was bought by investors". We live in one of the wealthiest regions in the wealthiest country in human history, and as far as we can tell, in all the universe. San Mateo County has wealth inequality similar to that of Rwanda, a poor country. This is supposed to be a democracy, who voted for this?
On January 10, 2018, the San Mateo Daily Journal published an Op-Ed by Cindy Cornell from Housing for All Burlingame. Here is that powerful Op-Ed in its entirety.
The November 2016 national election results were a shock to many, but an additional blow was felt by renters and their supporters in San Mateo County when Measures Q and R failed to bring about protections from unstoppable rent increases and unjust evictions.
Fair Rents for Redwood City (formerly, Redwood City Residents for Renter Protections) has been working for over two years to curb rent increases and unjust evictions. In those two years, thousands of residents have been displaced - mostly female, heads of household with children, displaced from their families, schools, and communities. In addition, vulnerable seniors have died just weeks or months after their evictions. The economic loss to the community is evident by the Help Wanted signs and the displacement of long-time small businesses.
Because the city council has indicated it has "no appetite" for meaningful renter protections, Fair Rents for Redwood City says its time to take the movement to the next level.
Fair Rents for Redwood City's next action will be a rally on Monday, September 25th, at 6PM at the intersection of El Camino Real and Jefferson Avenue. Followed by a march to City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.
At City Hall we will "engage" the city council on renter protections. Show up to support your community at 6 PM for the rally or 7 PM in City Hall. Visit the "Take Action" page and join the movement!