The attorney for officials of a Berkeley senior housing cooperative spent an hour on Wednesday answering questions from co-op members about why he should or shouldn’t be permitted to represent the co-op itself, despite conflicts of interest with his clients. A summary, with comments.
Fred M. Feller is trying to persuade members of Berkeley Town House that they should let him give them “free” legal representation. Good deal? Yes, but for whom?
A Berkeley senior housing co-op is in the midst of a battle of pilfered posters. At issue is whether residents need to ask permission to get together for conversations. Believe it or not, the most aggressive suppressor of free speech is a person with notable achievements in artistic creativity and egalitarian activism.
Bay Area Property Services, manager of a senior housing cooperative in Berkeley, has issued another declaration in its war of words on co-op members who wish to meet and talk.
The USA’s oldest senior housing cooperative was told yesterday that it’s out of money and can no longer pay all its bills. Its board of directors, in response, adopted an expense-slashing budget, eliminating a staff position. Acrimonious arguments surrounded this decision.
Here is my attorney’s answer to yesterday’s letter threatening to call the police on my guests at Berkeley Town House. Also, a document from 2 years ago in which the BTH board admitted that it was banning meetings based on their content.
I have organized a forum on civil liberties in co-ops, condos, and cohousing, to take place at the co-op where I live, Berkeley Town House. But the co-op’s manager and attorney have decided to stop it, with police force if necessary. That tells you something about what they really care about.
In only two months at Berkeley Town House, community manager Bay Area Property Services has already demonstrated skill at alienating customers and repeatedly breaking laws and rules.