A new law protects residents of boats against steep rent increases

ALAMEDA

Gov. Gavin Newsom approved legislation Sept. 28 that will protect 477 floating home owners from steep increases in the rents they pay for legal berths in San Francisco Bay.

The law’s two main provisions limit annual increases in berth rents at Bay Area floating marinas to 3% plus cost of living or 5%, whichever is lower, and prohibit marina owners to increase berth rents for houseboats that are sold. These provisions apply to houseboat marinas in Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties, where houseboats are concentrated in San Francisco Bay.

The bill was drafted and introduced by Assemblyman Mia Bonta, D-Oakland, and joined as co-sponsors by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Marin-Sonoma, and the State Sens Mike McGuire, D-Marin, Sonoma and North Coast, and Nancy Skinner. D-Berkeley. The Marin County Board of Supervisors, Alameda County Supervisor Dave Brown, and the mayors of Alameda and Sausalito urged the legislature to extend, by law, the same rent protections currently in place for landlords. mobile homes in 86 California communities to owners of floating homes on the bay. The new law, AB 252, comes into effect on January 1.

Bonta’s legislative initiative was sparked by the increase in berth rent at a floating marina in Alameda earlier this year by up to 178%. The Alameda City Council, under Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, moved quickly to include floating homes in the city’s rent control program. The rent increases were demanded by the new owners of Barnhill Marina, signaling the arrival of a national trend identified by a Harvard study of the U.S. rental housing market in 2022: more than 26% of U.S. rental homes of all types belong to commercial entities. , and not – as was once the case – by individual owners.

“Alameda City Council voted unanimously to protect float home owners from rent hikes averaging 76 percent. But the Sausalito and Richmond floating home communities were still vulnerable, so we formed the Bay Area Floating Homes Association and asked state legislators for help,” said BAFHA Executive Committee Member Larry Clinton. .

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Women Voters Chapter releases data on campaign donations

The Alameda Chapter of the League of Women Voters released easy-to-read charts and tables summarizing reports from candidates for mayor and Alameda City Council on the sources of their campaign contributions.

The graphs break down the contributions by the city they come from, the type of contributor (individual, company, union or political group) and by size. The tables list all contributors of $1,000 or more, loans to each candidate, and money spent by independent spending committees supporting or opposing candidates.

The current charts are based on reports filed by the candidates on September 29. They will be updated when candidates file again on October 27. To view the data, visit lwvalameda.org/alameda-campaign-finance-review on line.

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Radium Runway Art Events October 21-23 at Alameda Point

Radium Presents is proud to announce Radium Runway, the first in a series of events at Alameda Point through 2023 in support of its ambitious plan to build Radium, a 500-seat theater and arts center.

The three-day event from October 21-23 is free and will showcase some of the talent that call the Bay Area home: Jazz Mafia, Circus Bella and Island City Opera. The Island City Opera performance will include a guest appearance from legendary mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, who not only lives in Alameda, but is a key player in making Radium a reality. Radium Runway will take place on the proposed theater and performance center footprint and can be considered an early prototype of sorts.

“Bringing the arts to Alameda in a meaningful way is a very important piece to completing the intriguing puzzle that is the Alameda of tomorrow,” said Radium Presents Founder Christopher Seiwald. “And we are committed to achieving it. I am excited and proud to be part of the effort alongside Frederica von Stade.

The variety of talent on stage is a deft mix designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences. To RSVP or see more details, visit radiumpresents.org/radiumrunway on line.

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