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August 5, 1987 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
Alarmed by a sharp increase in evictions, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday tightened rent control laws, trying to close a "loophole" that has reportedly encouraged landlords to evict tenants in pursuit of higher profits. The council, on a 13-0 vote, ordered a temporary moratorium on a provision of the rent control laws that enables landlords to evict tenants to allow for "major rehabilitation" of apartment units.
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May 28, 2010
Not so fast Re "Workplace raids go upstairs," May 25 I began reading about San Diego restaurant owner Michel Malecot thinking "Good — they're finally targeting the business owners who hire illegal workers." I finished the article with the opinion that the potential punishment is too punitive. Is it wise to turn a successful businessman into a penniless ward of the state, serving a prison sentence? No, a far better solution would be to cut through the red tape, obtain green cards for Malecot's employees and require him to double their pay and provide health insurance.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1995
Rent control advocates managed to soften the language of legislation that threatens the protections renters enjoy in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and a few other California cities. The fine-tuning was intended to bring reluctant Democratic members of the Assembly into line behind the legislation, which is expected to pass soon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1997
Re "The Rent War Is Over; End the Controls," Commentary, Aug. 8: James Fleck makes reference to a 1993 city rental study. Conveniently he leaves out some of its findings. The most important is that average real income of tenants has substantially fallen. Many more tenant households are now paying rents that are unaffordable by the most widely used federal standards. Very poor households are paying an average of nearly 85% of their real income in rent, almost triple the federal affordability threshold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1995
The stormy issue of rent control recently overflowed into a discussion about storm water at the Santa Monica City Council. The spat came as the council discussed how to pay for updating the city's storm drains and treatment system. Two of the six council members at the meeting balked at asking property owners to pay the monthly storm water bill, ranging from about $1.50 to $6.50 a parcel. Without the needed five votes, the new fee seemed destined to go down the drain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1994 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the Los Angeles Housing Department said Thursday that rent control continues to provide economic benefits to tenants and "there are no plans afoot to eliminate" it. General Manager Gary Squier was responding to published comments of a top assistant, Barbara Zeidman, that the controls may be unnecessary in today's depressed real estate market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1994 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City rent controls, which cover about 500,000 Los Angeles households, should be continued even though landlords' profits are dropping and the law has "produced little or no dollar savings to tenants" in recent years, says a study prepared for the city's Housing Department. Although the recession and high vacancy rates forced many rents down somewhat, the average income of tenants fell faster, the report says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ordinance that would require landlords to pay 5% annual interest on security deposits won tentative approval from the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, but the measure will not apply to 40% of the city's rental units. At the same time, the council rescinded an earlier plan to bar landlords from increasing security deposits to match rent hikes. The action was a compromise in a tug-of-war between landlord and tenant groups that has stalled the measure for years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1989
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at heading off potentially large rent increases for some mobile home tenants. The council acted after several tenants at a mobile home park in Sylmar told council members Friday that they feared the increases because a recent state Court of Appeal ruling removed them from the protection of the city's rent control law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1989
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an ordinance intended to close loopholes used by landlords to increase rents beyond city-mandated limits for rent-stabilized apartments. In an unanimous vote, the council approved changes in the 10-year-old rent stabilization ordinance that eliminate a landlord's right to remove apartments from rent control by making substantial capital improvements to the units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1995
The stormy issue of rent control recently overflowed into a discussion about storm water at the Santa Monica City Council. The spat came as the council discussed how to pay for updating the city's storm drains and treatment system. Two of the six council members at the meeting balked at asking property owners to pay the monthly storm water bill, ranging from about $1.50 to $6.50 a parcel. Without the needed five votes, the new fee seemed destined to go down the drain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1995
Rent control advocates managed to soften the language of legislation that threatens the protections renters enjoy in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and a few other California cities. The fine-tuning was intended to bring reluctant Democratic members of the Assembly into line behind the legislation, which is expected to pass soon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
The Calabasas City Council will look into complaints by tenants about recent hefty rents at a 600-unit apartment complex. Tenants told city officials at a hearing Wednesday night that their landlord is gouging them to take advantage of a housing shortage created by the Jan. 17 earthquake. Council members held the meeting at the urging of Anthony Pecoraro, a tenant at the Lincoln Malibu Meadows, 3831 N. Orchard Lane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1994 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
City rent controls, which cover about 500,000 Los Angeles households, should be continued even though landlords' profits are dropping and the law has "produced little or no dollar savings to tenants" in recent years, says a study prepared for the city's Housing Department. Although the recession and high vacancy rates forced many rents down somewhat, the average income of tenants fell faster, the report says.
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June 17, 1994 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the Los Angeles Housing Department said Thursday that rent control continues to provide economic benefits to tenants and "there are no plans afoot to eliminate" it. General Manager Gary Squier was responding to published comments of a top assistant, Barbara Zeidman, that the controls may be unnecessary in today's depressed real estate market.
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June 16, 1994 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles housing officials are debating the merits of the city's 16-year-old rent stabilization program and may soon recommend to the City Council that rent controls be phased out. Barbara Zeidman, a Housing Department assistant general manager, said the controls may be unnecessary in today's depressed real estate market, which has seen rents in uncontrolled apartments decline. Zeidman said the controls are not appreciably helping many renters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1989 | MYRNA OLIVER, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles city officials promised to investigate complaints about substandard housing from more than 400 angry Latino tenants Sunday, and in turn appealed to the tenants to report improper rent increases and unsafe conditions despite fears of landlord retaliation. Flanked by half a dozen city housing officials, Councilwoman Gloria Molina and Councilman Richard Alatorre also pledged to work with other council members to extend rent control to single-family houses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1994 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles housing officials are debating the merits of the city's 16-year-old rent stabilization program and may soon recommend to the City Council that rent controls be phased out. Barbara Zeidman, a Housing Department assistant general manager, said the controls may be unnecessary in today's depressed real estate market, which has seen rents in uncontrolled apartments decline. Zeidman said the controls are not appreciably helping many renters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1993
Mayoral candidate and Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs played to his political base Wednesday by proposing to protect low-income seniors from any rent hikes that exceed their annual Social Security cost-of-living increases. His proposal to amend the city's rent control law drew early support from senior citizens, a key target of the councilman's mayoral campaign.
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February 4, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayoral candidate and Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs played to his political base Wednesday by proposing to protect low-income senior citizens from any rent hikes that exceed their annual Social Security cost-of-living increases. His proposal to amend the city's existing rent-control law drew early support from senior citizens, a key target of the San Fernando Valley lawmaker's campaign for mayor.
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