WalletHub Names Fremont Happiest City in America for 2021Fremont was ranked the happiest city in America in a WalletHub study that compared 180 of the largest U.S. cities. Allen Martin reports. (3-11-21)
Social Housing Seen as One Solution to Home Affordability in Bay AreaDemocrats across the country say there’s one solution that can help solve the housing affordability crisis, it’s what’s known as "social housing." Susie Steimle reports. (3-5-21)
East Bay Landscaper Charged in Stump-Grinder DeathThe owner of a Concord-based landscaping company is facing two felony charges for the death of an employee in 2018. Juliette Goodrich reports. (3-4-21)
Lawsuit: Elderly Homeowners Were Duped Into Signing Up For PACE Home Improvement ProgramAfter signing up for a program to make their homes energy efficient for no money down, Susie Steimle says elderly homeowners are dealing with liens and deceptive contractors.
Burned House in Fremont Becomes Illegal Dump SiteA house destroyed by fire in Fremont's Centerville neighborhood has now become an illegal dump site and the community is outraged. Juliette Goodrich reports. (2-15-21)
San Jose Neighborhood Roiled, Neighbors Riled by Wild SideshowsA San Jose neighborhood is demanding the police department and city leaders come up with a plan to put the brakes on illegal sideshows that have disturbed their community. Devin Fehely reports. (2-15-21)
Google Unveils Mountain View Development PlansGoogle is revealing its plans for a big development in Mountain View that includes affordable housing. Allen Martin reports. (2-4-21)
Educators Will Be First In Line For New Affordable Housing Project In AlamedaTeachers will among the first on the rollcall for a new affordable housing project in Alameda. Don Ford reports educators will have priority access at the new Roseville Village.
COVID: Pandemic Sends Bay Area Rent Prices PlungingThe pandemic is hitting the Bay Area housing market hard, with rent prices continuing to plunge. Joe Vazquez tells us which cities are experiencing the largest rent reductions in the country.
Holiday Lights Around the Bay Area Deliver Christmas CheerAround the Bay Area, holiday light installations -- both amateur and professional -- illuminate the night in the final days of an exceptionally dark year. Betty Yu reports. (12-25-20)
Bay Area Renters Fear Looming End of Evictions MoratoriumCalifornia's moratorium on evictions is scheduled to end at the end of January. A bill has been introduced that would extend it for another year. John Ramos reports. (12-7-20)
Party Squasher App Detects Parties At Airbnb RentalsHuge parties at Airbnb rentals are a major problem for unsuspecting homeowners. John Ramos shows us a new app, Party Squasher, that tells you when your Airbnb guest invites a crowd.
East Bay Homeowners Amp Up Halloween Decorations to Keep Spirits HighWith trick-or-treating considered a high-risk activity, many East Bay neighbors are banding together to give their communities something to celebrate. Andrea Nakano reports. (10-30-20)
Economists Say Low-Income Renters Are Experiencing a 'She-Cession'High housing costs in the Bay Area plus a lack of child care are forcing low-income moms to make tough choices. Susie Steimle reports. (10-29-20)
California Prop 19 Means Different Things to Different HomeownersOn the ballot this year is a proposition that says it will help wildfire victims and change state property tax policy. Susie Steimle reports. (10-23-20)
Richmond Creates Affordable Homes From Abandoned HousesWith the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, many wonder why abandoned buildings aren’t being used to house people. The city of Richmond is now doing just that. Susie Steimle reports. (10-1-20)
San Francisco Company Offers Rent Guarantee to Small LandlordsSay you're a landlord and you could guarantee that, if your tenant doesn’t pay rent, you don’t lose money? Zumper, an online rental platform, is launching a first-of-its-kind rent guarantee program aimed at doing just that.Susie Steimle reports. (9-24-20)
State Housing Mandate Doubles What Bay Area Needs to BuildThe Bay Area has a new assignment from the state: build nearly 450,000 homes in the next eight years or risk losing control over where they go. Susie Steimle reports. (9-10-20)
New State Bill Would Extend Evictions Moratorium 5 MonthsA newly-proposed bill would temporarily protect people from COVID-related evictions until February of 2021. Gov. Newsom considers it a compromise bill to help tenants while balancing the impact on landlords. Betty Yu reports. (8-28-20)
Bay Area Rent Prices Deflate as Pandemic RagesThe economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has caused the Bay Area's once skyrocketing rental housing market to come back to earth. Devin Fehely reports. (8-3-20)
Local Startup Helps Bay Area Teachers Buy HomesWhile lack of affordable housing is the number one reason many educators leave the Bay Area, one local startup is hoping to help with that problem. Susie Steimle reports. (7-23-20)
Residents, Developers Spar Over West Side San Francisco Housing ProjectsThe Sunset and Richmond districts on the west side of San Francisco have become the new frontier for housing developers. Susie Steimle reports. (7-16-20)
Homeowner's DIY Project Turns Into Major Remodel During Shelter In PlaceA lot of people have been looking for ways to occupy their time during the shelter in place. A homeowner in Santa Rosa told John Ramos what started out as a small painting project became so much more.
COVID-19 Has Allergy Sufferers More Anxious Than Ever Over Common SymptomsSince the COVID-19 pandemic, allergy sufferers are hyper-aware of every sniff and sneeze. Devin Fehely tells us which ones are just common seasonal symptoms.