Oakland City Attorney John Russo and Oakland Housing Authority to settle lawsuit over public housing - Inside Bay Area

City to settle lawsuit over public housing - Inside Bay Area: “OAKLAND — The city will settle its public-nuisance lawsuit against the Oakland Housing Authority today, hoping the agreement ultimately will improve the conditions of the city's public housing.

City Attorney John Russo and Housing Authority Executive Director Jon Gresley are scheduled to sign the agreement at a 10:30 a.m. news conference at a Housing Authority property in the 2100 block of East 28th Street. When the city sued the Housing Authority in February 2007, Russo described the agency as the city's largest slumlord and said rundown housing units posed problems for public health and safety. Russo said Tuesday the number of complaints his office has received about Housing Authority properties has declined, and he believes the settlement will put the city in a stronger position to help people living in public housing. "I'm confident that this is the beginning of a much better coordination and approach to the management of public housing in this city," Russo said.”
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