California Hotel Residents Sue Oakland for $53 Million

According to the Oakland Tribune, a lawyer for the remaining residents of the California Hotel is preparing a lawsuit against Oakland, charging that the city sabotaged the low-income housing facility’s viability in violation of an agreement with the state of California. Tenants’ lawyer John Murcko claims that the city instructed the nonprofit Oakland Community Housing Inc. to stop leasing units once tenants move out, gradually emptying out the building. He adds that city officials told the nonprofit to effectively abandon the property by this summer, despite a legal agreement with the state to keep the housing project functioning until 2020. City officials have previously eyed the building as a possible homeless shelter and social services center.

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