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September 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

State court rejects SF bid to limit Ellis Act evictions

A state appeals court on Monday rejected San Francisco’s latest attempt to restrict tenant evictions under the state’s Ellis Act, an ordinance requiring landlords to wait 10 years before merging rental units into one residence that they could sell as a single-family home. The Ellis Act, backed by the real estate industry and passed in 1985, allows property owners who decide to go out of the rental business to evict their tenants. Cities intent on preserving their supply of rental housing have tried to set conditions on landlords — a previous San Francisco ordinance, struck down by the courts in 2004, would have required the owner of a residential hotel to provide replacement housing, or pay a fee to the city, before evicting all tenants. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle

San Jose lawyer faces disbarment for misconduct

A San Jose attorney who used to host a local radio show about conspiracy theories and the paranormal is facing disbarment for harming Southeast Asian clients who spoke limited English. Sterling Voss Harwood, 58, admitted his misconduct, including “misappropriating” thousands of dollars from clients who were injured in a car accident and in a slip and fall case, according to documents from the State Bar. By Tracey Kaplan — San Jose Mercury News


Coalition seeks relief for deported military veterans

A coalition called Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported launched Monday with a goal of stopping non-citizen military veterans from being deported and helping those who already have been. The coalition, chaired by Nathan Fletcher, a military veteran who previously served in the California State Assembly, will base its reform efforts on a report released in June from the American Civil Liberties Union of California. By Kate Morrissey — San Diego Union-Tribune

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