Volume 44 Number 06

Newsom: support just-cause eviction law

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EDITORIAL Mayor Gavin Newsom, reeling from criticism of his disappearing act last week and his failure to quickly reengage with San Francisco, has an opportunity to repair some of his tattered image, particularly among progressives, and mend fences with the majority of the Board of Supervisors. It wouldn’t even require a dramatic or groundbreaking step — all he has to do is agree to sign legislation by Sup. John Avalos extending eviction protections to roughly 20,000 vulnerable San Francisco renters.

The Avalos legislation clears up a lingering loophole in the city’s rent-control ordinance, a leftover piece of a bad deal that tenants were forced to accept when the city first moved to limit rent hikes 20 years ago. Back in 1978, with greedy landlords taking advantage of a housing shortage to jack up rents by astronomical rates, the supervisors and then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein were under immense pressure to pass some kind of control. But the landlord-friendly mayor and at-large elected board were unwilling to do what Berkeley had done across the bay by setting permanent limits on how much landlords could raise prices. Instead, they approved a watered-down measure aimed largely at fending off a tenant initiative that would have gone further.

The deal capped rent hikes — but only for existing tenants, allowing landlords to raise rents whenever a unit became vacant. And, after the real estate industry whined that rent control would cause developers to stop building new housing in San Francisco (a dubious claim if ever there was one), the supervisors agreed to exempt all newly constructed housing (that is, anything built after 1979) from any rent regulations at all.

That housing is still exempt from rent control — and because the rent control law also includes eviction protections for tenants, the post-1979 housing stock is also exempt from those rules.

Most San Francisco tenants enjoy what’s known as "just-cause" eviction rules — that is, you can’t toss a tenant out on the streets without a reason. Failure to pay rent, of course, is legal grounds to send someone packing; it’s also okay to force a tenant out if the owner wants to move in.

But for the roughly 20,000 renters living in newer units, evictions can happen on a landlord’s whim — and one of the most dangerous problems is the lack of protection for people who live in a foreclosed building. Tenants in older, pre-1979 buildings have the right to continue to live in the property, under the same lease or rental agreement, after a sale or foreclosure. The Avalos bill would extend that protection (and the other just-cause protections) to all tenants in the city.

It’s hardly a radical idea — and given the boom in high-end housing construction in this city over the past decade (slowed only by the economic crash), the claim that tenant protections will doom new housing is demonstrably false. It would save vulnerable residents from losing their homes, protect people who live (through no fault of their own) in foreclosed properties, and restore a level of fairness to the local housing market.

The measure will almost certainly get six votes on the board, so the only real obstacle is the threat of a Newsom veto. The mayor should state publicly that he supports the measure and will sign it — which could be the start of a new, more promising chapter in Newsom’s political career.

Psychic Dream Astrology

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ARIES

March 21-April 19

There is an often a vast difference between what feels good because it’s easy and familiar and what is actually nurturing for your soul. Pay attention to the parts of your life where you can afford to be generous, because that is likely to be where the good stuff is. It’s easy to be great when you are alone; it’s how you do with others that counts.

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Whether or not you feel prepared, it’s high time you made some major changes. Your internal stability may feel fab or drab, but either way, it’s time to rely on it. The foundations you build on are important for your mental health. But in terms of your goals, the most important thing is to move. Go in the direction of your ideals.

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Now is the time to be looking for answers and your own truth. But as soon as you peek your little head out to get approval or validation … poof! There goes your clarity! There is no right or wrong for you per se, only what is or what isn’t genuine for you.

CANCER

June 22-July 22

It’s as though you want to clean your house without kicking up any dust. Good luck with that, Cancer. Part of taking things on is having to sift through the repercussions that come with them. Slow down enough to take it all in.

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

You are resisting the inevitable, and the inevitable is gonna win, pal. Something or someone isn’t making you happy, and you are feeling overwhelmed and drained by them. Yet there you go, investing all that time and energy anyway. Something’s gotta give, and if you’re not careful, it’ll be you. If it’s not working, walk away.

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

It is simply not clear yet how things are going to develop for you, Virgo. Make sure you are making choices instead of sitting back and waiting to see what happens. Don’t slip into a reactive state where you don’t choose anything. Look alive and instill some vibrancy into all that you do.

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

With Saturn in your sign, it’s all about clarifying your boundaries first with yourself, and then with others. Get firm about where your limits are, buddy, or some other sign will be more than happy to point them out to you by walking all over them. It’s not rude to be honest and direct, so don’t pretend things are OK when they’re not.

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

There is no way around the hot mess you’re stewing in, but dealing with things when you feel crappy isn’t great, either. Let go of the past. It’s out of your control and it’s over. Make room to deal with the feelings that are lingering. By coping differently, you’ll get different outcomes.

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Clean out your closet, delete those old messages you have cluttering up your inbox, and throw away the food at the back of your fridge. It’s time to clear out the old stuff that you’ve known for some time has got to go. It will make you feel lighter and more agile, Sag. More important, it will allow you to attract prosperity into your world.

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

You know what you’d ideally like, but what would you like of the options actually in front of you? You are pacing through your indecision and switching teams every five minutes. Try slowing it down. Take note of your choices and eliminate stress by not focusing on what you can’t have.

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Too much at once is likely to overwhelm your delicate senses, dear Aquarius. You have got to stay on top of your game and not let things frustrate you so much that you stop trying. Find a way to channel your courage into a playful strength that will have you whistling while you work in no time. Hard work doesn’t have to be a bummer.

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

They say that the material circumstances of your life are a reflection of your insides. This week, strive to understand what your health, job, and dearest relationships are reflecting back at you about your sweet self. Trust in your ability to infuse your best parts into whatever doesn’t scream "Pisces" and learn from the rest.

Jesica Lanyadoo has been a psychic dreamer for 15 years. Check out her Website at www.lovelanyadoo.com or contact her for an astrology or intuitive reading at (415) 336-8354 or dreamyastrology@gmail.com.