June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court reached out Monday to take up a politically volatile housing discrimination issue that the Obama administration had gone to great lengths to keep away from the court. The justices voted to hear a New Jersey city's appeal arguing it could not be held liable for housing discrimination in redeveloping a depressed neighborhood and reducing the number of homes that are available to African Americans and Latinos. At issue is whether the Fair Housing Act forbids actions by cities or mortgage lenders that have a "discriminatory effect" on racial minorities.
June 14, 2013 |
The reassuring story of desegregation in America has gotten a lot of play these last few years. Black migration to suburbs and an influx of immigrants, we're told, have relegated all-white neighborhoods to the ash heap of history. It's “THE END OF THE SEGREGATED CENTURY,” one recent study breathlessly reported. The real story is more complicated. All-white neighborhoods may have gone extinct, but all-black neighborhoods have not. In Los Angeles, some low-diversity, predominantly white neighborhoods became more diverse between 1990 and 2000, but every one of them remained predominantly white . Increased racial diversity, in other words, does not equal desegregation.
April 26, 2013 |
Question: I have lived in my current apartment building for three years with no problems, but recently a new manager took over. I originally came to the U.S. on a work visa; I was born and raised in China and speak Cantonese as my first language. As a result, I speak with a heavy accent. I am also much more comfortable with written English than with speaking English. About a month ago, I got a notice of a rent increase from the new manager, which surprised me because I had just gotten a rent increase a few months earlier.
March 25, 2012
For months, the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale have been the focus of complaints and a civil rights lawsuit alleging that city officials and city housing investigators harass minority residents on public housing assistance in an effort to drive them out. Now officials in Lancaster have turned the tables, filing a housing discrimination complaint against the Los Angeles County Housing Authority saying that it is the county, which oversees the Section...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2012 |
Officials in Lancaster filed a complaint Wednesday against Los Angeles County and its housing authority, charging race-based housing discrimination. The complaint, which officials said was the prelude to a possible class action suit, alleges that the agency unlawfully favors African Americans in granting vouchers under Section 8 of the Federal Housing Act. The authority, officials allege, discriminates against other eligible groups and its actions constitute "unlawful and discriminatory racial steering practices that essentially coerce blacks to move to Lancaster, leaving the city with a disproportionate share of blacks on federal housing assistance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2012 |
The city of Palmdale has agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit accusing it of harassing and evicting nonwhite recipients of federal housing subsidies, officials announced Thursday. The announcement came the same day a federal judge denied attempts by Palmdale and neighboring Lancaster to dismiss the lawsuit. In announcing the settlement, Palmdale officials insisted that they had done nothing wrong and said that settling would cost less than a court battle. The lawsuit was filed in June by the National Assn.