September 22, 2000 |
Mirroring a law passed to benefit Holocaust victims two years ago, Gov. Gray Davis has signed legislation that will allow victims of the Armenian genocide and their heirs to pursue unpaid insurance claims in California courts. The bill by state Sen. Chuck Poochigian (R-Fresno) allows victims of the genocide at the hands of Turks from 1915 to 1923 to file suits in California against insurers to recover money allegedly owed from policies.
May 5, 2000 |
In what would be the largest investment of its kind in California history, the Democrats who rule the Assembly unveiled a $1-billion plan Thursday to help relieve the state's chronic housing shortage. The proposal would help people buy homes and fund a sweeping array of housing initiatives touching Californians in every corner of the state--from farm workers in the Central Valley to teachers in Los Angeles to dot-com employees in Silicon Valley.
March 20, 2000 |
In West Los Angeles, a kindergarten teacher's average salary falls $67,000 short of the income needed to buy a median-priced home in the school neighborhood. In Palo Alto, a police detective's pay would have to triple to finance a home in the community the officer patrols. In San Francisco, minimum-wage workers would have to toil 146 hours a week to pay the average rent on a two-bedroom apartment.
December 6, 1999 |
California is expected to add 6 million residents in the next 20 years while its stock of affordable housing is projected to shrink given current construction trends. Economists warn that housing shortages and high housing costs could threaten the state's ability to attract and retain workers and exacerbate traffic and environmental problems. On Wednesday, UCLA Extension is hosting a daylong conference to discuss ways to meet the state's housing needs.
December 5, 1999 |
Washoe and Douglas counties haven't done their fair share to create affordable housing at Lake Tahoe, members of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency say. The staff is recommending that the two counties and El Dorado, Calif., do more to deal with the problem, which has been blamed for a shortage of ski resort employees for the upcoming season. The agency's governing board will consider the issue at a Dec. 15 meeting. "It's kind of a wake-up call," said Peter Eichar, a regional agency planner.