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KFOX14 Investigates: East Side Apartment Complex Without Hot Water

People at an east side apartment complex say they've been without hot water for more than a month. They weren't getting any answers from their apartment complex so they called KFOX14 Investigates. “Really cold, it's uncomfortable,” said Dionne a resident of the Monterrey Garden Apartments in east El Paso off of Miracle Way and Sims. [...]

2018-12-07T08:58:34+00:00December 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Aids Healthcare Foundation: Prop. 10 Election Results Final Tally Dec. 3, 2018

-Proposition 10, also known as the Affordable Housing Act, forced a robust public debate about access to affordable housing throughout California, galvanizing policymakers and advocates who are profoundly frustrated at the insidious acceleration of homelessness caused by persistent, excessive increases in rental rates. Despite losing statewide, the ballot measure won key victories in regions that [...]

2018-12-05T14:31:42+00:00December 5th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Neighbors Shocked After Couple Arrested for Making Meth in Calhoun Apartment

"A married couple is facing a slew of drug charges after police raided their apartment in Calhoun, Monday, and neighbors said they were shocked to learn they were living next door to a makeshift meth lab. Richard Thomas Skaja, 36, and Amanda Jean Skaja, 34, were arrested Monday after police found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia [...]

2018-12-05T14:24:14+00:00December 5th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Housing Minister Says Nixing Rent Control on New Units Will ‘Solve’ Lack of Supply

“We want units built and that’s how we’re going to solve it. Our government’s open for business and this is a very important strategy for us,” he said Wednesday. He made the remarks at a news conference inviting public input into the government’s consultations for its Housing Supply Action Plan. The backdrop was the Montgomery, [...]

2018-12-05T12:17:54+00:00December 5th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Man Allegedly Causes Explosion in West Philadelphia Apartment

"Police say the man who was injured in an explosion in a West Philadelphia apartment is also the person who allegedly caused it. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday on the 4900 block of Spruce Street. Upon arrival, police and firefighters found damage to windows of a ground floor apartment in a five-story [...]

2018-12-03T09:52:59+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Commercial Rent Control: Back Again?

For generations, New York’s Rent Control and Rent Stabilization Laws, which limit the amount of rent residential tenants may be charged and provide other protections, have been fixtures of New York real estate. For a time (1945-1963), New York City (the City) had a rent control statute applicable to commercial tenants, but that law expired, [...]

2018-11-28T14:39:02+00:00November 28th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Rent Control Is Making a Comeback, but Is That a Good Idea?

After decades of being dismissed by economists as a has-been, rent control is making a comeback. It’s a high-stakes resurgence, fueled by a rapidly worsening housing crisis — but it faces strong opposition from the real estate industry. In the past year, an energized renters’ rights movement has won approval of rent control measures in [...]

2018-11-28T14:35:35+00:00November 28th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Government Addresses Housing Affordability and Lift Credit

This week was an active one of Legislative business as our Government continues to focus on the needs of Ontario. On the Legislative front, we engaged in: Moving Bill 32, Access to Natural Gas Act, on to Third Reading debate; Bill 57, Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act, engaged in Second Reading debate; and Bill 47, Making [...]

2018-11-27T15:56:16+00:00November 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

City to Hold Lone Legislative Agenda Town Hall Tuesday

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will host a town hall Tuesday evening on the city’s 2019 Legislative Agenda. Attendees will have the chance to give their input on issues facing their communities, and what the city should prioritize when advocating at the Oregon State Legislature. The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session starts [...]

2018-11-27T15:50:19+00:00November 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

East L.A.’s Upcoming Caps on Rent Hikes; ‘It’ Screenwriter Profits on Eagle Rock Home; 40-Unit Temple Street Apartment Proposed

Caps on rent hikes in East L.A. begin in December — but it t doesn’t apply to every residential unit. Meanwhile, the screenwriter for the remake of “It” just sold his Eagle Rock home for nearly twice what he paid three years ago. And the Bob Baker Marionette Theater just held its last performance before [...]

2018-11-27T15:42:21+00:00November 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|