Six candidates are vying for four open seats on Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board, in a race that has seen one slate of decidedly pro-tenant candidates boast numerous endorsements and a large war chest, while their landlord-leaning opponents lag — both in terms of endorsements and cash.
Berkeleyside wants to help you get to know your 2016 candidates for all the local races. Our final installment of questionnaires with the candidates follows, and this edition is focused on the Rent Stabilization Board.
Name: Leah Simon-Weisberg
Name: Alejandro Soto-Vigil
Name: Igor Tregub
Name: Nate Wollman
Name: Judy Hunt
Name: Christina Murphy
All eyes may be on the U.S. presidential race, but Berkeley’s 2016 election season is also shaping up to be a big one, with electoral battles happening all over the city.
Prompted by concern that too many units are being taken off Berkeley’s long-term housing market for short-term uses such as Airbnb, the City Council voted Thursday to penalize landlords who rent out multiple properties for less than two weeks.
The new rules also make it clear that owners of multi-unit apartment buildings cannot rent their apartments for less than 14 days.
When a fire tore through 2449 Dwight Way the Sunday before Thanksgiving, about 30 tenants were displaced and the property owner was saddled with around $1 million in damages. The Nov. 22 disaster has brought to light what can happen in Berkeley in the aftermath of a destructive fire.
About 180 people packed into Berkeley Arts Festival, a performance space in Downtown Berkeley, on Sunday to hear housing experts and advocates discuss the city’s housing affordability crisis and what can be done to make Berkeley a more affordable place to live.
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