Monthly Archives: April 2019

What Is ‘Upzoning,’ and Why Do San Fernando Valley Residents Hate It so Much?

Community groups in the south San Fernando Valley began deliberating the implications of Senate Bill 50 — pitched as a way to solve California’s housing crisis by overriding local zoning laws to allow denser development in transit- and job-rich neighborhoods — months before it was released in March by its author, state Sen. Scott Weiner. [...]

2019-04-23T16:59:24-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Advocacy|

Lawsuit: San Jose Landlord Illegally Evicted Renters

SAN JOSE — A group of tenants is suing their landlord, alleging she evicted them from their rent-controlled apartments under false pretenses, and in violation of a new city ordinance. The residents of a fourplex in San Jose’s Santee neighborhood received notices to vacate their apartments last year, after their landlord, Kim Tran, said she needed [...]

2019-04-23T16:51:42-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Advocacy|

Will Rent Control and Other Tenant Bills Get Through the Capitol This Time?

Ready for another fight over rent control? Six months after a statewide initiative that could have expanded rent control across California was rejected overwhelmingly at the polls, a group of progressive state lawmakers are back with a suite of pro-tenant legislation that faces its first major legislative hurdle this month. Bills that would allow cities [...]

2019-04-23T16:38:33-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Advocacy|

Los Angeles City Council Votes to Move Forward with New Protections for Section 8 Renters

Los Angeles landlords may no longer be able to turn away renters who have Section 8 subsidized-housing vouchers, the latest municipality to take such a step in hopes of addressing the rising cost of housing. The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 Wednesday in favor of drafting an ordinance that would prevent landlords from rejecting [...]

2019-04-18T10:43:48-07:00April 18th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rising Rents in Coastal California Outpace Teacher Pay

The West Contra Costa Unified School District, serving some of the poorest neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, can use every excellent teacher it’s able to recruit. That is why the decision by Sarah La Due to pack up and leave the district, just two years after winning a Teaching Excellence Award, hurts. But La [...]

2019-04-18T10:17:29-07:00April 18th, 2019|Advocacy|

L.A. City Council Opposes State Bill That Would Lift Local Zoning Rules

For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles City Council has come out against a plan by a San Francisco-based state senator to lift restrictions on higher-density housing near rail stations, major bus routes and areas with high concentrations of jobs. On a 12 to 0 vote Tuesday, council members authorized the city’s [...]

2019-04-18T10:13:34-07:00April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Lawmakers and Landlords: More Than a Quarter of California Legislators Are Both

In a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of south Sacramento, the property looks like any other on the block: a single-story house that could use a new paint job, a large front yard that could use a little tidying, a chain-link fence circumferencing the lot. The tenants inside have no complaints—they have a good relationship [...]

2019-04-18T10:07:12-07:00April 18th, 2019|Advocacy|

L.A. City Council Moves to Outlaw Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday moved forward with a law that would bar landlords from refusing to consider tenants with Section 8 vouchers. In a 12-0 vote, the council instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would extend protections against so-called source-of-income discrimination to people who pay with vouchers. Housing advocates [...]

2019-04-18T09:56:35-07:00April 18th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control Policies Gaining Momentum Across America

Rent control is once again gaining momentum in America. A long-held economic theory about rent control is that the approach actually hurts affordability over the long term by constricting supply, for example by incentivizing landlords to convert rental units into condos. Across the United States, there’s evidence that the economic arguments against rent control are [...]

2019-04-17T10:19:43-07:00April 17th, 2019|Advocacy|

Debating an LA City Ordinance That Would Prohibit Landlords from Rejecting Section 8 Tenants Across the Board

On Wednesday, the L.A. City Council will be voting on an ordinance meant to prevent landlords from discriminating against the recipients of Section 8 vouchers. Section 8 is a federal government program that subsidizes housing for low-income families, people who are disabled and the elderly. The proposed ordinance would prevent landlords from creating blanket bans on Section [...]

2019-04-17T09:35:54-07:00April 17th, 2019|Advocacy|