Gov. Gavin Newsom approved a law Sept. 28 that will protect 477 owners of floating homes from sharp increases in the rents they pay for legal berths on San Francisco Bay.
The law’s two main provisions limit annual berth rent increases in Bay Area floating home marinas to 3% plus the cost of living or 5%, whichever is lower, and prohibit marina owners from increasing berth rents for floating homes that are sold. These provisions apply to floating home marinas in Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin Counties, where floating homes are concentrated on San Francisco Bay.
The bill was drafted and introduced by Assemblymember Mia Bonta, D-Oakland, and joined as co-authors by Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin-Sonoma, and 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 now in place for mobile homeowners in 86 communities in California to floating home owners on the bay . The new law, AB 252 becomes effective Jan. 1.
Bonta’s legislative initiative was sparked by berth rent increases in an Alameda floating home marina earlier this year by as much as 178%. The Alameda City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, moved quickly to include floating homes in the city’s rent control program. The rent increases were demanded by new owners of Barnhill Marina, signaling the arrival of a nationwide trend identified by a Harvard housing study of the American rental housing market in 2022: More than 26% of US rental housing of all types is owned by business entities , not — as once was the case — by individual property owners.
“The Alameda City Council voted unanimously to protect floating home owners from rent hikes that averaged 76%. But floating home communities in Sausalito and Richmond were still vulnerable, so we formed the Bay Area Floating Homes Association and asked state legislators for help,” said Larry Clinton, an executive committee member of the BAFHA.
Women voters chapter posts campaign donations data
The Alameda chapter of the League of Women Voters has posted easy-to-read graphs and tables summarizing reports from candidates for Alameda Mayor and City Council on the sources of their campaign contributions.
The graphs break down the contributions by the city from which they came, the type of contributors (individual, business, union or political group) and by size. Tables list all contributors of $1,000 or more, the loans to each candidate and money spent by independent expenditure committees to support or oppose candidates.
The current graphics are based on reports filed by candidates on Sept. 29. They will be updated when candidates file again Oct. 27. To view the data, visit lwvalameda.org/alameda-campaign-finance-review on line.
Radium Runway arts events Oct. 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 their ambitious plan to build Radium, a 500-seat theater and arts center there.
The three-day event Oct. 21-23 is free and will show off some prime examples of the talent who call the Bay Area home: Jazz Mafia, Circus Bella, and Island City Opera. The Island City Opera performance will include an appearance by the legendary mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade, who not only lives in Alameda but is a key player in the drive to make Radium a reality. Radium Runway will take place on the proposed footprint of the theater and performance center and can be thought of as an early prototype of sorts.
“Bringing the arts to Alameda in a significant way is a very important piece in completing the imagination puzzle that is the Alameda of tomorrow,” said Radium Presents founder Christopher Seiwald. “And we are committed to making that happen. I’m excited and proud to be part of the effort alongside Frederica von Stade.”
The variety of talents taking the stage is a deft mix designed to appeal to a cross section of audiences. To RSVP or view more details, visit radiumpresents.org/radiumrunway on line.
— Radium Presents
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