Rent Control in California
In 1995, The Costa-Hawkins Act barred rent control in California on homes and apartments built after that year. In an era of extreme housing costs, what has this law meant for Bay Area renters and what effect does rent control have on the economics of housing? What are prospects for the current efforts afoot in the state legislature to repeal Costa-Hawkins? We’ll be joined by Rob Bonta, State Assemblyman for CA-18 (East Bay) and author of the Costa-Hawkins repeal bill, as well as other housing experts and renter protection advocates.
Ars Technica Live: Spotlight on Catherine Bracy
Anyone who has been in the Bay Area in recent years knows that the tech industry plays an outside role in our daily lives. We feel it in our rent, in the price of our drinks—regardless of whether we work in the industry or not. That’s why Catherine Bracy has created a new Oakland-based organization aimed at generating civic engagement through technology. Ars Technica Live is a monthly series spotlighting people who are working at the cutting edge of technology, science, and culture.
The Political Dynamics of Housing
We spent the evening digging into housing policy, funding for affordable housing, financing development, and providing some historical context for how this crisis came to be. Check out the recap on our blog which includes some additional resources on housing!
TechEquity Collaborative Member Launch Party
Last Thursday night we welcomed over 100 Bay Area tech workers to help us celebrate the official launch of the TechEquity Collaborative. Before we toasted on the roof of the Kapor Center for Social Impact, we heard from local policymakers…
Is It Time For a Tech Sanctuary Movement?
On Wednesday April 12th, we saw over 100 people — tech workers, activists, and other engaged citizens — gathered at Google’s offices in San Francisco to explore a provocative question: is it time for a Tech Sanctuary movement? The event was organized by…
Ballot Info Night: Housing, Housing, Housing.
TechEquity Collaborative held an info session on some of the local ballot measures Oakland voters will be asked to weigh in on during the 2016 Election. Of the nine, we chose to highlight seven that we think are most relevant to creating an equitable tech-driven economy.