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Oakland City Council moving to ban landlords from conducting criminal background checks on tenants

Last year California’s homeless rate increased by 16 percent.

Last year the share of felony offenders in California rearrested for any offense within two years was at 66 percent.

Seems that decades of progressive leadership and policies hasn’t done anything to decrease homelessness in that state. So I guess it makes sense to go after private property owners rather than the mentally ill and drug-addicted folks living on the streets. That’s liberal logic for ya.

Excerpts from SF Gate:

“The Oakland City Council on Tuesday moved to approve an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from asking about a potential tenant’s criminal history or rejecting them out of hand for having a record.

Council members voted unanimously to pass the Fair Chance Access to Housing Ordinance, which supporters say will help ensure ex-cons can find secure housing instead of ending up on the streets.

The council must still take a final vote on Feb. 4 before the measure takes effect, the East Bay Times reported.

Oakland’s ordinance is the strictest of its kind in the state, covering both public and private housing, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

This ordinance is about making sure returning community members have equal opportunities they deserve to successfully reintegrate into our community, and this begins with a roof over your head,” said Oakland council member Nikki Fortunato Bas, who co-sponsored the measure with council member Dan Kalb and Vice Mayor Larry Reid.

The measure prohibits landlords from rejecting a potential tenant because of his or her prior conviction or from requiring disclosure of a criminal history in background checks. Landlords will have six months to adapt to the law. After that, they could face fines of up to $1,000 for each violation.

The Oakland ordinance does have some exemptions for single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes and in-law units if the owner is living on the property. Likewise, tenants seeking to add or replace a roommate would be exempt.”

Read the whole story here.

It’s interesting to note that the following are exempt: Owners of government-subsidized affordable housing, including federally-subsidized Section 8 units, who are required to exclude certain renters based on their criminal records.

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When demorats are in charge: Oakland raked in $9M in new fees for affordable housing; ZERO units broken ground

People often compare the government to the Mafia in that the mobs make a profit. I’d add that the Mafia actually accomplish REAL goals.

In April 2016 the Oakland City Council approved a new affordable housing impact fee to address rapidly rising rents in the city.

KQED reported at the time that, “The new ordinance permits the city to charge developers who want to build market-rate housing a one-time fee intended to help fund subsidized affordable housing. Though the impact fee is the first action the council has taken to directly address the city’s affordable housing shortage, the city administrator’s office expects it will only fund about 600 new affordable units over the next 10 years.”

Fast forward to 2019 and guess how many “affordable units” have been built?

The answer: A BIG FAT ZERO!

From SF Gate:

“In 2016, Oakland passed a fee on new residential developments that was supposed to raise $65 million over 10 years for affordable housing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. However, three years later, just under $9 million in fees have been collected — and zero new affordable housing units funded by the fees have broken ground.

Some officials estimate that the city should have collected close to $20 million into its impact fee fund by now. So where is all the money? The city recently hired an auditor to investigate.

“We have been asking these questions for a year and not getting answers — so we don’t know if it is a failure to collect, being expended improperly or if the fund(s) are sitting somewhere, but not being tracked,” Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told the Chronicle.

Mayor Libby Schaaf set a goal in 2016 to build 17,000 new homes, both affordable and market rate, by 2024 — with about 28 percent being affordable. By the end of last year, only about 8 percent of new units built were affordable.

As of now, Oakland has distributed about $4.8 million of the funds from the 2016 program to three affordable housing projects. Construction has yet to begin on any of these projects.

This is no surprise considering that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (a demorat) works harder to ensure that criminal illegal aliens have more protections and representation than citizens.

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