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March 8, 1990
Mayor Tom Bradley on Wednesday proposed creating a housing department that will be charged with tackling the "acute need" for affordable housing in Los Angeles. He said the department, to be overseen by a seven-member commission, "will give strong direction to the development of a citywide housing policy targeted to those most in need," low-income families who typically make less than $20,000 a year. The announcement won immediate support from housing experts and many City Council members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles commercial building that was converted into now-shoddy apartments, amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to enforce building codes and help residents relocate. In recent years, the building was converted into dozens of apartments, some of them windowless -- prompting a complaint to the city six months ago. But when city inspectors ultimately required that the Hoover Street building be vacated, tenants were given little time to leave.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Orange County Housing and Community Development Department began a campaign this week to attract four top administrators. The department needs replacements for four key employees who recently retired, said Ken Domer, community relations manager. The salaries for the jobs range from $42,000 to $70,000 annually. The jobs are described at http://www.oc.ca.gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Democrats vying for the 39th Assembly District seat exchanged potshots Monday after one of them, L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon, held a news conference to charge that his rival had engaged in "insider trading" in securing a zero-interest city loan to buy a three-bedroom condominium. Under a light rain outside Raul Bocanegra's Pacoima condominium, Alarcon alleged that Bocanegra bought one of 28 condominiums built in 2005 at the corner of Osborne Place and Glenoaks Boulevard even though there was a waiting list of more than 200 people interested in the affordable units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The county's Housing and Community Development Department has made strides to improve operations over the last year but still has some work to do, according to an audit released Tuesday. The Board of Supervisors requested the audit after several residents complained that contractors performed shoddy and potentially hazardous work as part of a low-cost housing rehabilitation program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
Activists and Los Angeles city officials questioned Thursday how it was possible that an apartment building that collapsed Sunday was deemed in compliance by the housing department within the last year. "It's mind-boggling to me how it could have been passed just a few months earlier and now it has collapsed," said Albert Lowe of the tenants' rights group Strategic Actions for a Just Economy.
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July 27, 1997 | Jodi Wilgoren, Jodi Wilgoren covers City Hall for The Times
Gary Squier came to City Hall a decade ago from a career as an advocate of affordable housing to shape government's response. Reporting directly to Mayor Tom Bradley, he spearheaded the restructuring of the city's housing policy and, with a blue-ribbon commission, launched 20 new programs to address the dearth of stock for low-income residents. In 1990, he took the helm of the newly created Housing Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
As a senior city housing inspector, Ronald Diaz's job is to be an impartial, frontline guardian of safe and habitable apartment living in Los Angeles. But according to testimony and statements given to city and state officials, Diaz also allegedly improperly moonlighted as an unlicensed contractor with some unorthodox billing practices: A North Hills woman accused him of offering a $1,000 discount if she would send him a text message with a picture of her bare breasts — and upping the offer to $2,000 when she ignored him. Diaz, 49, was charged Dec. 30 with five misdemeanor counts, including grand theft, attempted grand theft and contracting without a license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999 | DONALD P. MERRIFIELD and GARY L. BLASI, The Rev. Donald P. Merrifield S.J., chancellor of Loyola Marymount University, co-chairs the Blue Ribbon Citizens' Committee on Slum Housing. Gary L. Blasi, a professor of law at UCLA Law School, is a member of the committee
Eighteen months ago, a Times article exposed the city of Los Angeles' scandalously ineffective and wasteful system for preventing and responding to slum housing conditions. A week later, a group of volunteers from the banking, labor, real estate, academic and legal communities--the Blue Ribbon Citizens' Committee on Slum Housing--delivered its own report on the city's Department of Building and Safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
City Councilman Ed Reyes introduced a motion Friday calling on Los Angeles city departments to come up with ways to routinely evaluate structural problems of old apartment buildings. The action follows the partial collapse Sunday of an apartment building in Reyes' district. The building had passed a Housing Department inspection within the last year. The department said its inspectors are not trained to assess the structural integrity of the buildings they examine. -- Jessica Garrison
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
As a senior city housing inspector, Ronald Diaz's job is to be an impartial, frontline guardian of safe and habitable apartment living in Los Angeles. But according to testimony and statements given to city and state officials, Diaz also allegedly improperly moonlighted as an unlicensed contractor with some unorthodox billing practices: A North Hills woman accused him of offering a $1,000 discount if she would send him a text message with a picture of her bare breasts — and upping the offer to $2,000 when she ignored him. Diaz, 49, was charged Dec. 30 with five misdemeanor counts, including grand theft, attempted grand theft and contracting without a license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Three Los Angeles elected officials Monday called for an explanation of how a housing department employee allegedly secured bribes from multiple landlords while working the front counter at the agency's Koreatown office. Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel sent a letter to the City Council saying it was "unacceptable" that her office had not been notified of the criminal case against Eun Chavis, details of which were reported in The Times on Sunday. In that case, Chavis was accused of demanding tens of thousands of dollars from Korean-speaking landlords who sought to resolve problems with city inspectors or obtain construction permits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Glen Lim and his mother were anxious to find someone who could explain how their apartment building in Mid-Wilshire had gotten into so much trouble with Los Angeles housing inspectors — and what they could do to fix the problem. Eun Chavis seemed like the perfect answer. She was smart, a veteran city employee and a Korean American who spoke the only language Lim's mother, the manager of his building, understood. But instead of bringing the building into compliance, Chavis used her position at the Los Angeles Housing Department's Koreatown office to collect $16,000 in payoffs from Lim and his family, according to criminal court records, police reports and interviews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa strode through the two-bedroom house on 66th Street on Thursday as though he were a prospective buyer, checking out the bamboo floors and getting the lowdown on the tankless water heater. In this case, it is the city's Housing Department that is selling the 820-square-foot home in South Los Angeles, one of hundreds of foreclosed properties being purchased, fixed up and resold by the agency using $143 million in federal stimulus grants. Standing in the frontyard amid newly planted grasses, Villaraigosa said the program will create much-needed construction jobs while cleaning up blighted streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2010 | By Jessica Garrison
The FBI is investigating an affordable-housing deal in which Los Angeles officials channeled $26 million to a development company officer who they knew was under criminal investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, city officials said Thursday. The officer, David Rubin, was indicted last fall in New York for alleged bid rigging and fraud, charges unconnected to the L.A. project. The $26 million went toward construction of a 92-unit apartment building near downtown L.A. for seniors, some of them homeless and disabled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2009 | Phil Willon
One of the top law enforcement advisors to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been appointed an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the third senior member of Villaraigosa's administration to head to Washington since President Obama's election. Arif Alikhan, the city's deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety, will join the federal agency's office of policy development. Alikhan, whom Villaraigosa appointed as a deputy mayor in 2006, previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice overseeing the national computer hacking and intellectual property program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Eight months after a tenant rights group filed a complaint with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, housing inspectors said Thursday that repairs have still not been completed on an apartment building operated by political supporters of chief prosecutor Rocky Delgadillo. Housing officials, who cited the 28-unit Koreatown building for 286 building code violations in July, said they would grant a third extension of up to 30 days because 80% of the work was finished.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1997
Sending good money after bad rarely makes sense. But in the case of a nonprofit developer behind on quake repairs in North Hills, it may be the only option. Last week, Housing Department head Gary Squier said he would recommend loaning Neighborhood Empowerment and Economic Development, or NEED, more money to jump-start work on projects that have languished for months.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2009 | Bloomberg news
The federal HOPE for Homeowners lending program, created last year to assist 400,000 struggling borrowers, has refinanced only 25 loans so far as the costs and restrictions deter participation, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "The program restrictions have proven to be more and more difficult over time, as economic conditions worsen," HOPE for Homeowners Executive Director Meg Burns said at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington on Tuesday.
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