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Four Sacramento legislators want Japanese officials to intervene with a billionaire planning to sell hundreds of rental houses.

Legislators are asking the Japanese ambassador and acting Consul General in San Francisco to help avert a local housing crisis. Japanese billionaire and developer Gensiro Kawamoto is serving hundreds of renters in Sacramento, Santa Rosa and Hawaii with 30-day eviction notices. Residents, government officials and activists want Kawamoto to give renters more time.

The letter asks Japanese officials to appeal to Kawamoto to reconsider.