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July 18, 1985 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
In a decision that caught West Hollywood landlords by surprise, the City Council has voted to reduce the rent increase that tenants will pay in their first year under the city's new rent control law. Although the formula in the city's new rent law would have permitted a first-year rent increase of 4.75%, the council last Thursday voted 4 to 1 to further slash this year's rent hike to 3%.
June 23, 1985 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
Apartment owners intent on forcing the West Hollywood City Council to prepare an environmental impact report on the effects of the proposed rent control law say they might file suit if the city refuses to go ahead with a study. "We've certainly talked about it," landlords' leader Grafton Tanquary said after being asked by City Councilman John Heilman if apartment owners planned to sue.
January 9, 1986
Santa Monica City Councilman Alan S. Katz will not have to run for reelection until November even if apartment owners qualify a local initiative for the June ballot, according to City Atty. Robert M. Myers. Some city officials had said that Katz, who was appointed in October to fill the unexpired term of the late Councilman Ken Edwards, would have to run for the post in June if the apartment owners forced a special election.
September 27, 1987 | TERRY FRIEDMAN and MICHAEL FEUER, Terry Friedman (D-Los Angeles) is a member of the state Assembly. Michael Feuer is executive director at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Los Angeles, which represented Jessie Davis.
Last week another innocent tenant fell through the cracks of Los Angeles' rent- control law. But for emergency legal aid, Jessie Davis, a 73-year-old single woman disabled by arthritis, would have lost her apartment. As it was, Davis suffered the terror and indignity of having all her belongings hauled away against her will--without notice, let alone the opportunity to be heard in court.
May 12, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica's dominant political group has abruptly scrapped a rent control initiative, fueling scattered dissension within the organization's ranks just six months before municipal elections. Leaders of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights said the proposed initiative, which would have tightened the city's already tough rent control law, was pulled because of technical errors in the way it was written.
August 15, 1985 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board has sued 74 landlords for failure to pay the city rent control fees, which they have refused or neglected to collect from tenants. Joel Levy, the board's general counsel, said some landlords owe as much as $12,000 and that the total is between $50,000 and $100,000. The city's rent control law requires landlords to pay $84 a year per rental unit, then collect the cost from tenants.
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed urgency legislation aimed at heading off potentially large rent increases for some mobile home tenants. The council acted after several tenants at Los Olivos Mobile Home Park in Sylmar told council members Friday they feared the increases because a recent state Court of Appeal ruling removed them from the protection of the city's rent control law. Council members said they were unaware of the ruling until notified by the tenants.
December 16, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Council voted 5 to 0 Tuesday night to hold an election on extending rent control to recently vacated mobile home park spaces. Because of the potential cost of up to $30,000 for the election, the council delayed setting a date and appealed to the park tenants to help pay expenses. The council agreed to set an election date no later than July 1.
February 25, 1989
In a major victory for Santa Monica, a federal judge Friday granted the city's motion for summary judgment and ruled against a 93-year-old landlady challenging the city's strict rent control law. Landlords had hoped to use the case to overturn Santa Monica's rent controls on constitutional grounds. But U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W.
July 19, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Hoping to protect mobile home owners until the turn of the century, Thousand Oaks City Council members tonight will vote on extending a rent-control law through the fall of 1999. Most council members have already signaled their support for the measure, which limits yearly rent increases for the city's 980 mobile home owners to slightly below the inflation rate.
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