To the Editor:
Long time artist/tenants living in a 100–year–old warehouse building in south Berkeley were served eviction notices last Septmber and are still living in the building. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously in April to help fend off an Ellis Act eviction. The tenants have succeeded in being recognized by the Berkeley City Council as an asset to the community.
Councilmember Kriss Worthington says, “This is not an isolated instance. There is a pattern of artists being forced out of their studios. We need to get the landlords and the tenants working together.”
There will be an event held on Aug. 24 to show support for the building. The new plan is to maintain the current building by the current tenants as a live/work space and to create a future artist facility open to the public.