Moms 4 Housing loses court case, must vacate West Oakland home

OAKLAND — Dominique Walker has no legal right to the West
Oakland house she and other Moms 4 Housing members have been living
in since November, a judge ruled Friday.

Dealing a blow to the high-profile Moms 4 Housing movement,
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Patrick McKinney rejected
Walker’s argument that she should be allowed to stay because
“housing is a human right” and she has nowhere else to go. The
judge also rejected her request to present expert witness testimony
about the cause of the region’s homelessness crisis.

“The court recognizes the importance of these issues but, as
raised in connection with Ms. Walker’s claim of right to
possession, finds that they are outside the scope of this
proceeding,” McKinney wrote in the one-page order, which
authorizes the sheriff’s office to evict the women within five
days.

Walker and her two children made waves in November when they,
along with several other women, moved into an empty, investor-owned
house on Magnolia Street in West Oakland without permission. The
women argued speculators should not be allowed to let homes sit
vacant while thousands of Oakland residents live without
shelter.

Wedgewood, the real estate company that owns the Magnolia Street
house, served the women with an eviction notice about three weeks
after they moved in, and Walker filed legal paperwork to challenge
the notice. Walker
made her case in court
Dec. 30.

Walker had hoped the court would set new precedent by allowing
her to stay in the house, even though she had no agreement with the
owner.

In a tweet Friday, Moms 4 Housing wrote its members are “not
surprised” by the ruling.

“We understand that the courts’ hands are tied because in
this country property rights are valued over human rights,” they
continued.

We are not surprised by the ruling. We
understand that the courts’ hands are tied because in this
country property rights are valued over human rights. That is why
the California constitution needs to be amended to include the
right to housing.
#SaveMomsHouse

— Moms 4 Housing (@moms4housing)
January 10, 2020

Sam Singer, who is handling public relations for Wedgewood,
applauded the judge’s ruling.

“Justice is served,” he wrote in an emailed statement.
“The court’s ruling is the correct legal, moral, and ethical
judgment against the squatters that broke-in and illegally occupied
the company’s house.”

Moms 4 Housing planned to hold a news conference to discuss the
ruling Friday afternoon.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Moms 4 Housing loses court case, must vacate West Oakland home