Progress in Oakland
Passage was not completely smooth, however. Five of the eight Council members refused to vote for the measure. Normally, six votes are required for a new measure to become law, yet the City Attorney's office ruled only five votes would suffice in this case. This sounds like an open invitation to a possibly successful court challenge.
A second reading and passage is required, though, before the measure becomes effective. There is time for
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an amendment will be offered which may address the concern that unjustly—evicted tenants will have no recourse. The proposal would allow tenants who successfully contest their evictions to receive attorney's fees. No mention is made of landlords or the city recovering legal fees if the challenge fails. This one—sided liability for legal fees is patently unfair. But the left—leaning Council members would probably never sign on to a measure which imposed equal responsibilities on both sides to a legal dispute. To them, the propertied class is always wrong.
Even with its flaws, the measure would be a great improvement for the honest, hard—working people of
Posted by Thomas 02 19 04