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May 1, 1991
Carol F. Schiller, a tireless civil rights worker who until illness forced her retirement last year was assistant deputy director of the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, died Saturday. Judy Howell, a friend and colleague, said Schiller was 58 when she died after a lengthy battle against cancer. When she retired last July--after three decades of work on behalf of equality in housing--more than 300 people honored her at a dinner.
January 15, 1989 | KENNETH T. YAMADA, Times Staff Writer
Frederick White confirmed by telephone that an apartment in Covina was available for rent. However, when he arrived 40 minutes later, he was told by the white manager that there were no vacancies. White, who is black, became suspicious. So he called the San Gabriel Valley Fair Housing Council, which sent white and black volunteers to inquire about the apartment.
August 25, 1988 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
The Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley, which last week fired its director for allegedly making an anti-Semitic remark, has been put on six months probation by its parent organization for failing to find a competent director. Under the terms of the probation imposed Aug. 18 by the Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, the council must hire a director by Feb. 20 or risk losing $102,500 in government funds, said Mary Lee, president of the congress's board of directors.
August 17, 1988 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
The executive director of the Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley has been fired after witnesses told the council's board of directors that she called an ex-employee a "money-hungry Jew." Betty J. Bankhead, who was dismissed Monday night by a 10-4 vote of the board, denied making the comment. She was hired March 1 by the private nonprofit agency, which receives government funds to investigate complaints of housing discrimination.
July 9, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Times Staff Writer
For the fourth time in three years, the Fair Housing Council of the San Fernando Valley is looking for an executive director, and some say the ongoing turmoil is undermining its efforts to battle housing discrimination. The council, one of the oldest such civil rights agencies in Southern California, fired its executive director in May for incompetence.
May 2, 2010
I read a newspaper ad for an apartment community that I thought might be a good living situation for me. But when I followed up to obtain a rental application, I was told that I was too young. I have never been told that before. Refusing to consider me seems like discrimination based on my age. Do I have a claim for discrimination? The answer depends on obtaining some more information about this specific property. Certain properties are exempt from the fair-housing laws on age discrimination because they have been designated as senior housing.
April 11, 1988 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
Marcella Brown, a gracious black woman with an engaging smile, had telephoned ahead before traveling to see the vacant apartment in West Hollywood. But as she walked up the sidewalk, the woman in the yard dropped her garden hose and walked away as if to avoid a conversation. Brown caught up with her and confronted her, asking for the building's owner. The woman threw up her hands, saying she had no idea where the owner could be found.
March 16, 1986 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
Each night before retiring, Robson Dufau hangs his "alarm system"--three bottles looped together with string--above the front door of the house on a quiet residential street in Westchester. He has instructed his 5-year-old stepson to play only in the back yard. And Dufau's wife, Tori, looks under the hood of her car before turning the ignition key. The Dufaus are under siege, an attack that began in October, shortly after they moved into the house on a lease with option to buy.
January 28, 1988 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, Times Staff Writer
The owners of a luxury apartment building in Mar Vista have agreed to pay $35,000 to plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the Westside Fair Housing Council charging that the owners discriminated against black applicants. The lawsuit, filed in U. S. District Court last year, accused the owners of the Woodmere Apartments of discriminating against blacks on three occasions in 1986.
June 25, 1986 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, Times Staff Writer
The state of fair housing in 1986 was summed up by keynoter James Farmer, at 66 the grand old man of the civil rights movement: "We did not slay the dragon of racism in the '60s. . . . We battered down the barrier of apartheid." Doors were opened for blacks, and they no longer had to sit in the back of the bus, Farmer said, but "we were dealing with the effects of racism, the trappings of racism, not with racism itself. Racism still lives. And it is quite healthy."
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