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August 18, 1993 | KURT PITZER
In response to an outcry over escalating costs, Calabasas officials may help control rent for the mostly senior citizen residents of the city's only mobile home park. At a meeting attended by dozens of residents of Calabasas Village Mobile Home Estates last week, the City Council directed its staff to study mobile home rent laws of other cities, and recommend a course of action.
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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The majority of Lancaster's mobile home park residents will be limited to 1.4% basic space rent increases during the coming year under a newly passed overhaul of the city's rent-control law, city officials said Wednesday. Under a measure adopted 4 to 0 Tuesday by the City Council, annual rent increases for mobile home park residents covered by the law will be limited to 60% of the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the Los Angeles area each June. The 1.4% figure is 60% of the 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1993 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The majority of Lancaster's mobile home park residents will be limited to 1.4% basic space rent increases during the coming year under a newly passed overhaul of the city's rent-control law, city officials said Wednesday. Under a measure adopted 4 to 0 Tuesday by the City Council, annual rent increases for mobile home park residents covered by the law will be limited to 60% of the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the Los Angeles area each June. The 1.4% figure is 60% of the 2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica is having an identity crisis. In Tuesday's election, there is a strong chance that voters will decide it's time for the city to be much less hospitable to the homeless. They also may well decide to make a major concession to landlords on rent control. And they may serve notice that the city's soak-the-developers approach toward financing social services has backfired. Is the seaside bastion of fire-breathing liberalism taking a lurch to the right?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1987
After several years of debate over rent control for mobile homes, Paramount voters on Tuesday defeated a rent control law by a vote of 966 to 735. City officials and other proponents maintained that the measure, which would have yearly rent increases matching the rise in the federal consumer price index, would apply exclusively to 19 mobile home parks in the city. But opponents said they feared the law could eventually lead to citywide controls on all rentals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
The owners of nine Lancaster mobile-home parks have sued the city in federal court seeking to overturn its rent-control law. Claiming that the law is unconstitutional, they are asking for $9 million in damages. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, follows a city decision to grant no rent increase to park owners this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1991
The Malibu City Council has approved a tough rent-control ordinance sought by residents of the city's two trailer parks. City Atty. Michael Jenkins warned council members that the law, which applies to about 500 units at the Paradise Cove and Point Dume trailer parks, was so severe that it would invite legal challenges. The new law extends for 16 months a rent freeze put into effect when Malibu became a city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1989 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite strong opposition from both landlords and tenants, the Santa Monica Rent Control Board voted 3 to 2 Thursday night to adopt a program that will allow landlords to nearly double the rent on some apartments, if they set aside an equal number of units for low-income tenants at lower rates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1988
A West Hollywood community activist who has frequently been at odds with city officials has been charged with perjury and presenting false evidence in a dispute involving an apartment building he manages. E. (Budd) Kops, 69, is charged with two counts each of perjury and offering a forged or altered document as genuine and one count of falsifying a document, all felonies, Deputy Dist. Atty. Hugh M. Bobys said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1993 | KURT PITZER
In response to an outcry over escalating costs, Calabasas officials may help control rent for the mostly senior citizen residents of the city's only mobile home park. At a meeting attended by dozens of residents of Calabasas Village Mobile Home Estates last week, the City Council directed its staff to study mobile home rent laws of other cities, and recommend a course of action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | JOHN CHANDLER
The owners of nine Lancaster mobile-home parks have sued the city in federal court seeking to overturn its rent-control law. Claiming that the law is unconstitutional, they are asking for $9 million in damages. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, follows a city decision to grant no rent increase to park owners this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992
The Bell Gardens City Council on Monday approved the first step in establishing rent control in the city where 77% of the residents are renters. The council ordered the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would regulate how much rent a landlord can charge and would force property owners to keep their rental units safe and clean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1991
The Malibu City Council has approved a tough rent-control ordinance sought by residents of the city's two trailer parks. City Atty. Michael Jenkins warned council members that the law, which applies to about 500 units at the Paradise Cove and Point Dume trailer parks, was so severe that it would invite legal challenges. The new law extends for 16 months a rent freeze put into effect when Malibu became a city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1991
Santa Monica's rent control law was upheld by a federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday. A landlord group that sponsored the suit was "hoping to mount a successful constitutional challenge to rent control in light of a change in the composition of the federal courts brought about by President Reagan's appointments," said Deputy City Atty. Barry Rosenbaum.
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May 15, 1991 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If King Solomon were still around to make legal decisions, a case being heard this morning in Santa Monica Municipal Court might be perfectly suited to the wise king's talents. At first, Wilkes vs. Gioe would appear to be a standard eviction under the provisions of the state's Ellis Act, which allows landlords in rent-controlled areas to quit the rental business by withdrawing their units from the market.
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.
BUSINESS
February 19, 1988 | S. J. DIAMOND
Montana Avenue in the city of Santa Monica on Los Angeles' West Side is one of those little enclaves a city cherishes--a stretch of small neighborhood stores, upscale boutiques and trendy restaurants that draws people from all over. "It's one of few places in L.A.," says West Side resident Jamesina Henderson, "that's like a small town, a walking area and not all ritz and glitz."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1990
Los Angeles County voters narrowly approved Proposition C, a measure hiking sales taxes by a half-cent to develop a five-county rail transit system, build exclusive bus ways and widen freeways, nearly final election returns disclosed Thursday. The county registrar-recorder's office said that with only about 1,000 to 2,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, Proposition C had received 847,838 yes votes to 833,336 no votes, a 14,502-vote margin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica is having an identity crisis. In Tuesday's election, there is a strong chance that voters will decide it's time for the city to be much less hospitable to the homeless. They also may well decide to make a major concession to landlords on rent control. And they may serve notice that the city's soak-the-developers approach toward financing social services has backfired. Is the seaside bastion of fire-breathing liberalism taking a lurch to the right?
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