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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1999
Just weeks after Rent Control Board officials celebrated a U.S. Supreme Court move that bolstered their power, a Los Angeles Superior judge has mandated that the board relinquish some of its authority. Judge Hugh Gardner III ruled that the state's Costa-Hawkins Act, which allows landlords to raise controlled apartment rents to market rates after a tenant moves out voluntarily, supersedes the board's authority to dispute the validity of rent increases in such cases.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1999
Just weeks after Rent Control Board officials celebrated a U.S. Supreme Court move that bolstered their power, a Los Angeles Superior judge has mandated that the board relinquish some of its authority. Judge Hugh Gardner III ruled that the state's Costa-Hawkins Act, which allows landlords to raise controlled apartment rents to market rates after a tenant moves out voluntarily, supersedes the board's authority to dispute the validity of rent increases in such cases.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1990
The deadlock over the appointment of the fifth member to the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, which had threatened to indefinitely hamper board business, was broken Thursday night with the selection of Jay P. Johnson, 47, an apartment owner who supports rent control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1999
Just weeks after Rent Control Board officials celebrated a U.S. Supreme Court move that bolstered their power, a Los Angeles Superior Judge has mandated that the board relinquish some of its power. Judge Hugh Gardner III ruled that the state's Costa-Hawkins Act, which allows landlords to raise controlled apartment rents to market rates after a tenant moves out voluntarily, supersedes the board's authority to dispute the validity of rent increases in such cases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1999
Just weeks after Rent Control Board officials celebrated a U.S. Supreme Court move that bolstered their power, a Los Angeles Superior Judge has mandated that the board relinquish some of its power. Judge Hugh Gardner III ruled that the state's Costa-Hawkins Act, which allows landlords to raise controlled apartment rents to market rates after a tenant moves out voluntarily, supersedes the board's authority to dispute the validity of rent increases in such cases.
NEWS
January 16, 1986
City boards and commissions may compel individuals to testify before the City Council under an ordinance passed Tuesday by the council. The law permits a Santa Monica city agency, such as the Planning Commission or the Rent Control Board, to subpoena people and evidence. Refusal to obey will be punishable as a misdemeanor under the law.
NEWS
September 26, 1985
The Rent Control Board has voted to appropriate up to $10,000 to hire a company to develop a plan for studying the impact of rent control on the maintenance of housing units in the city. Building System Evaluation Inc. of Sierre Madre will develop the survey which will identify the degree to which replacement of major items such as roofing, plumbing has been deferred in rental units.
NEWS
March 7, 1991
As part of a recent effort to get more of the city's Latino community involved, the Rent Control Board will hold a special meeting today at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Park Community Center, 2200 Virginia Ave. Spanish translators will be available at the informal meeting, where board members and staff will discuss rent control and other housing issues. Virginia Park is in the heart of the Pico neighborhood, where the majority of the city's Latino population lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1987 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
Eight years ago, the City of Santa Monica passed one of the strictest rent-control laws in the nation. In its wake came hundreds of complaints to a newly established rent control board accusing landlords of charging excessive rents. In one case, the board found that Haidy McHugh had overcharged two tenants living in her $400-a-month units and awarded them $4,390.99 in damages--triple the amount of the overcharge for what the board said was a willful violation of the law.
NEWS
March 23, 1986
So, Santa Monica City Councilman David Epstein, after abandoning consideration of a June ballot measure which he had proposed only 10 days earlier, doubts that the Santa Monica Rent Control Board will come up with a capital improvements program which he considers "realistic" (Times, March 2). It sounds as if Mr. Epstein can hardly wait to place a proposition on next November's ballot to curtail the authority of the Rent Control Board if (it) fails to come up with a program that suits him personally.
NEWS
February 13, 1994
Just envision a landlord stepping up before the Santa Monica Rent Control Zealots, oops, sorry . . . Board . . . at any time the past 15 years and requesting the right to raise rents $70, $80 or $100 a month a unit in order to improve the structural soundness of his or her building. Such amounts would be quite reasonable for $80,000 or $100,000 of work to solidify a 10-unit building. The poor landlord would have been strung up--by the thumbs at least, and possibly by the neck. No, the idea of passing on structural improvement costs would have been derided as an attempt to get rid of "undesirable" tenants and the property owner laughed out of the hearing room.
NEWS
November 14, 1993 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of wrenching internal strife, the rent-control group that dominates Santa Monica city politics is hoping to attain peace--or at least avoid imploding--by redefining its mission. The forum for the effort is the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) annual convention today, at which members hope to craft a manifesto that will answer the question: What does SMRR stand for? It's a tough question any way you look at it. The particulars of the platform will show which faction, the purists or the pragmatists, currently rules SMRR--or at least which faction got the most people to attend the convention.
NEWS
June 6, 1991
A decrease in expected Rent Control Board expenditures for 1991-1992 has resulted in a recommendation to reduce the annual registration fees paid by landlords for each rental unit from $12 to $11. Rent board administrator Mary Ann Yurkonis said administrative and workers' compensation costs have decreased and a new mediation process to resolve complaints of excess rent has resulted in significant savings.
NEWS
May 2, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court's ruling that a group of people who purchased a 10-unit building in Santa Monica, then evicted the tenants so they could move in, did not violate the state Ellis Act. The appellate court last week also upheld a ruling that the Santa Monica Rent Control Board did not have legal standing to sue the owners for unfair business practices even if the owners had violated the state law.
NEWS
March 7, 1991
As part of a recent effort to get more of the city's Latino community involved, the Rent Control Board will hold a special meeting today at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Park Community Center, 2200 Virginia Ave. Spanish translators will be available at the informal meeting, where board members and staff will discuss rent control and other housing issues. Virginia Park is in the heart of the Pico neighborhood, where the majority of the city's Latino population lives.
NEWS
October 25, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the decade since rent control was imposed in Santa Monica, no one has ever been elected or appointed to the city's Rent Control Board who was not associated with the powerful tenant political group Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights. And although there is some question whether tenants will back an SMRR-supported ballot measure or a competing one sponsored by landlords, there seems little doubt that the tradition of an all-SMRR rent board will continue after the Nov. 6 city election.
NEWS
May 24, 1990
Santa Monica Mayor Dennis Zane's proposed ballot measure to ease the city's rent-control law was sent by the City Council this week to the Rent Control Board for its recommendations. Zane's proposal, aimed at stemming the city's rental housing losses, is designed to make the rental business more profitable and encourage landlords to keep their units on the market. It stops short of the full decontrol of rents when units are voluntarily vacated, a change that many landlords insist is needed.
NEWS
May 20, 1990
Why is there such turmoil with Santa Monica rent control and its board? Very simple, it doesn't work. As much as (Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights) and the proponents of this unjust system proclaim that it works, the results are obvious. We have deteriorating apartment buildings, under-the-table bribes for vacant units (which are going to wealthy tenants), an out-of-control Rent Control Board whose budget is greater than the Los Angeles board's. This uncontrolled monster, rent control, forces some of our elected officials to push for unwanted projects, like the airport development, for the sole purpose of increased revenue for the city.
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