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Tenant group calls for EPA city manager's ouster

Original post made on Jul 11, 2014

A tenants' rights group is calling for the replacement of East Palo Alto City Manager Magda Gonzalez after the group reviewed more than 3,000 public documents related to her communications regarding the city's Rent Stabilization Program.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 11, 2014, 9:48 AM

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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

This is a very well written story. Ms. Dremann has done it again - reported on important facts and brought out various angles to give readers a good sense of what happened. I look forward to reading as many of these documents as the public can get their hands on.

What a shameful and stupid position that the city manager has put herself in.


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Posted by epa resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

Agreed, well written story. At least until the end when Ms. Dremann let Magda Gonzalez do all the talking. The text of Magda's email comprises the last 4 paragraphs of the story, with no analysis of it's content. That reads as pretty biased reporting. Also no mention of the serious conditions many of these tenants are facing, such as mold, broken appliances and windows and cockroaches. So when the article talks about Gonzalez forbidding the rent board administrator from referring tenants to city inspectors, these are the types of health and safety issues at stake. These problems are serious and pervasive. Tenants in East Palo Alto need their City Council to be standing up for them. I hope they will.


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Posted by EPA Organizer
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

Tenants Together definitely brought some wider press to the issue but please lets not forget that the EPA community turned out in droves at Magda's first review back in October. The community has voiced many times over that we don't want her contract renewed. TT could've been much more respectful in the way they came at this. They should have worked hand in hand with the community. I won't be surprised to see this in the "wins" section under their org website. You didn't save us, you railroaded our process instead of looking to find places you could work with us. That sort of unwarranted help, is no help at all. TT won't be affected by results of their actions-we will. We will have to bear the brunt of her frustration, of her irritability and (God forbid) her leaving destruction in her wake on her way out. As a community we wanted to come together and strategize, there was a WHOLE PROCESS going on before TT came in to come to the rescue of us "poor EPA folks". A process which they obliterated with their blind attack plan.




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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

How can members of the public get the emails referred to in the article? I understand that the press, and others, have copies of the emails. Are they available online?

EPA Resident, you're right. Maybe I typed too soon. I thought that so much room was given to Gonzalez' protestations, smoke and mirrors because we'd all be able actually read these email exchanges.

Weekly, is there a way readers can check out these emails?


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Posted by Friend and Neighbor
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I say three cheers for Tenants Together and for every Organizer who has come out against the reign of error (and sometimes terror) that is Magda Gonzalez. Tenants Together has done a tremendous favor of filing suit and exposing the documents to the light of day. And what they say---really in the City Manager's own words---is that the City Manager is trying to undermine the foundational law of East Palo Alto. Let's hope that the good citizens of East Palo Alto will finish the drop and force her resignation and that she never sets foot in town again. The City Manager's behavior is shameful and worthy of being fired, as she should be. Everyone who reads this and who went to the meeting in October should be clamoring for her not to be renewed. But the truth is that she is still there, and that until she is gone, no one should do anything but doggedly pursue the question at stake here: should this person still be directing City personnel? Did she break the law? When can we be free of her mis-governance? Everyone needs to stay focused on these questions until a resignation letter is tendered. But up until this day, let's face it: Magda Gonzalez has driven several high-level administrators to the point of resigning and leaving the city, and she is still in there. The City Council needs to act to set things right, and frankly it shouldn't wait until October. So let every process possible move forward, but every one in East Palo Alto should agree (and I think does agree): Magda Gonzalez must go!!!


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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Here is another news story about this subject, from SJ Mercury News: Web Link



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Posted by TenantsTogether
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

@EPAOrganizer, TT communicates regularly with advocates in EPA, including our members who live in the city. As you may not be aware, we worked closely with EPA organizers and residents to expose the Page Mill fiasco to stop CalPERS from investing in eviction schemes. We also weighed in to urge Wells Fargo to honor community demands in disposition of the Page Mill portfolio. We're not interested in who counts "wins" and "losses." We are interested in doing our part to expose the truth and make sure EPA's rent control law is allowed to achieve it's goals of protecting tenants from unfair rent increases and evictions. Maybe you can clarify what "process" you think was "obliterated" by our requesting public documents and bringing attention to what we found.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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The City of East Palo Alto's city council will be holding a community meeting on Monday, July 14, at 7:00pm, in council chambers at 2415 University Ave., to discuss this issue. Interested parties, please attend.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

How far is this from Palo Alto?


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Posted by Martha Martinez
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23 pm

It's time for Maria to go. She's done enough damage. If only Carol Lamont could come back. She's help countless number of families in this city. I'm hoping that Maria contact isn't renewed.


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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Mark Weiss, how far is what from Palo Alto?


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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm

[Portion removed.] Equity is not in compliance with the rent control ordinance.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

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Well, Magda Gonzalez is O-U-T as of Sept. 2. Good riddance!


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