Monthly Archives: November 2018

California’s Housing Epiphany Moment Ditches Rent Control

"Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go into the grocery store demanding to pay 1985 prices for beef — not to mention finding corn-fed beef instead of stringy, tough grass-fed beef, but that’s another column — regardless of what it cost the rancher to produce the beef, the trucker to transport the beef and [...]

2018-11-14T15:24:49+00:00November 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Aids Healthcare Foundation President’s Big Efforts to Fight Development in L.A. and House the Homeless

Last week, California voters rejected Proposition 10. The measure would’ve potentially expanded rent control throughout the state. Real estate investment companies spent more than $70 million to defeat Prop 10. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation spent $23 million to advocate for the measure. The nonprofit is headquartered in Hollywood. In the past few years, it has [...]

2018-11-14T14:31:55+00:00November 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

What’s Next for Tenant Advocates After Failed Rent Control Measure

It was an unlikely scenario. The call for affordable housing had come to Beverly Hills, where a group of mostly middle-class professionals in early October protested in front of a high-end Chinese restaurant owned by Vicky Mense, the same woman listed as a proprietor of their Silver Lake apartment complex. “What do we want? No [...]

2018-11-14T09:55:25+00:00November 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

CA Rent Control Advocates Aren’t Giving up After Prop. 10’s Landslide Loss

 Despite the landslide defeat of a rent-control measure on the statewide ballot, the fight between tenants and housing interest groups is far from over. Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, says he and other lawmakers are discussing bills to help tenants for the legislative session that begins Jan. 7, including proposals to prevent steep rent increases during housing [...]

2018-11-14T09:48:02+00:00November 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

La County Votes 4-1 to Impose Temporary Rent Cap in Unincorporated Areas

Despite voters rejection of Proposition 10, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of an ordinance to temporarily limit rent increases to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who championed the plan to limit rents while the county considers longer-term solutions, said an estimated 200,000 [...]

2018-11-14T09:42:04+00:00November 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

AAGLA Sends Its Sympathies and Well Wishes to All Those Affected by the Recent Fires

The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles sends its sympathies and well wishes to all of those affected by the recent, devastating fires. We also thank all of our first responders and the many volunteers that have so quickly responded and come to the aid of so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of [...]

2018-11-13T10:28:37+00:00November 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Arsonists Torch Office for Acce Rent Control Activists

A Chula Vista office for Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, a community organizing group closely involved with statewide and local recent recent control initiatives was torched early Saturday morning. Police have confirmed the fire was a deliberate targeted attack. The fact that the arsonist(s) removed the organization’s bright yellow tee shirts from the building [...]

2018-11-13T09:18:43+00:00November 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Commercial Rent Control Bill Aims to Protect Small Businesses

"The New York City Council proposed a bill aimed at protecting small businesses, which will create a commercial rent control. A common problem many small business owners have is being faced with extreme rent hikes following the expiration of their leases, often forcing them out of business. This policy is the city’s response to soaring [...]

2018-11-13T09:11:26+00:00November 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

The Ups and Downs of California’s Ballot Measure Votes

"Californians overall made sensible, or at least understandable, decisions with the various ballot measures presented to them this Election Day. Among the better calls made by California voters was the resounding rejection of Proposition 10. Prop. 10 called for the repeal of the 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits the ability of local [...]

2018-11-13T09:07:23+00:00November 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Local Victories Power California Tenant Movement, Despite Prop. 10 Loss

"Proposition 10, the proposed initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, was stymied at the state ballot Tuesday thanks to an unprecedented $74 million in real estate industry opposition money, but there were also victories for rent control at local ballots across California. In Oakland, voters approved Measure Y to close eviction loopholes, a [...]

2018-11-13T09:04:04+00:00November 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|