Santa Monica Celebrates Section 8 Protections

David Van Court has lived in his apartment off Pico Boulevard for almost 19 years. He has furnished it with armchairs and rugs inherited from his parents, trailing houseplants and teddy bears. Last year, he almost lost his home when his landlord refused to accept his Section 8 voucher. Van [...]

February 20th, 2019|

A Loan Program Was Set up to Boost Energy Efficiency. Instead, It’s Being Used to Build ‘Granny Flats’

As stories piled up of homeowners being smooth-talked into taking home improvement loans they couldn’t afford, defenders of the PACE program cited its safety features. The loans could be used only for environmentally friendly and safety projects, they noted. And money couldn’t be issued until projects were finished. But some [...]

February 20th, 2019|

Gavin Newsom’s Housing Lawsuit Put 47 California Cities on Notice. Is Yours on the List?

Encinitas is just the kind of place Gavin Newsom might want to sue. A local voter-approved initiative from 2013 makes planning for affordable homes nearly impossible, preventing the wealthy city of 60,000 from complying with a state law that requires local governments to build more housing. The city has already [...]

February 20th, 2019|



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