Tenants' rights group demands East Palo Alto records

Statewide organization wants documents related to Rent Stabilization Program audit

A statewide organization for renters' rights has filed a Public Records Act request with the City of East Palo Alto after an audit the city's Rent Stabilization Program caused the program's highly regarded manager to resign.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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YAY! Major egg on the face of the lousy city manager Magda Gonzalez. I hope she gets hoisted by her own petard. She cares nothing about city residents, and her current role is merely a stepping stone - and she specializes on stepping *on* people. This is what happens when you underestimate others and overestimate yourself - it comes back on you, hard. Hiring a buddy to do an "audit" - a buddy who knows nothing about rent stabilization, so as to impugn an excellent program and fabulous employee, was transparently obvious. Now, Magda's chickens are coming home to roost. And speaking of chickens - why did she interrupt the lunch service for low income seniors in E. Palo Alto? What sort of creature prevents elderly folks from eating???

And major egg on the face of EQR...let's see...there are the additional tenant protections against landlord abuse the city council just voted in...there is the big lawsuit against EQR from an EPA family...there is the Bloomberg news story showing EQR's heinous investment strategy...there is the big lawsuit *won* by mobile home residents in San Jose against EQR's REIT...there is the continued excellent work done in EPA by CLSEPA.

Thank you, Sue Dremman, for another good article. Looking forward to follow up articles about this records request.

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Posted by Sammy
a resident of Midtown
on May 11, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Mmmmmm....Really? Pure Rhetoric At It's Best.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Is there an update to this story? Has the records request been fulfilled, ignored, rejected? Is the city following through in getting the records to Tenants Together?

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Posted by Aquamarine
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

I'm curious, too. What is the status of this records request? Has the city complied?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:28 am

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Is there an update on this, Palo Alto Weekly? Gonzalez has apparently rushed to hire a new administrator for the rent program, and is trying to ignore the problems and messes that she has created in various departments around the city.

Oh, and this is the landlord that Magda Gonzalez (and so many here in Town Square) have been defending - a landlord who tried to evict a tenant over a debt of .75: Web Link

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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm

The Daily News published this story today: Web Link

It makes good sense to avoid not just a conflict of interest, but the appearance of favoring a landlord who repeatedly violates the rent stabilization law and is the defendant in a multimillion dollar lawsuit that illustrates that lack of compliance. It's shamefully stupid to think that people aren't noticing Gonzalez's lack of judgement regarding Christopher Peter and Equity Residential's Woodland Park Apartments.

Why is a property manager with such a lousy record allowed to serve on this rent board? What is the protocol when someone on a board overseeing a program is actually in violation of that program's requirements? Doesn't this seem like it might be a violation of some important rule?

Since Tenants Together made the records request of the City of East Palo Alto's documents involving the rent control program, a good question to ask is: Is City Manager Magda Gonzalez pulling an Oliver North and having a shredding bonanza? Another important question: Just what ARE her or her family's real estate interests in the city? What about her alleged relative who is a true slumlord, a non compliant property owner? Since she took the job of city manager, then her brother became a rental property owner in East Palo Alto, did she disclose that information properly? Where are the reporters in all of this? Are any of them at this publication checking into issues that affect thousands of local residents?

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

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Well, the records request has been fulfilled, Tenants Together has issued a press release, and I'm looking forward to being updated via Palo Alto Online.

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