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February 5, 1995 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
HAZARDOUS BUILDING: Declared the building at 3747-3763 Wilshire Blvd. to be a health and safety hazard, and directed the city engineer to hire a demolition contractor to demolish it if the owner does not arrange for the demolition within 30 days. The building, located on Wilshire near Western Avenue, has suffered substantial damage from Metro Rail tunneling. It also sustained damage from the Jan. 17, 1994, Northridge earthquake.
NEWS
October 31, 1993 | Mary Anne Perez / Times community correspondent
City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky has proposed expanding the city's programs that allow renters who live in substandard housing to pay less rent and deposit the remainder in an escrow account until the landlord makes repairs. Will this plan work? * Rosa Melendez, assistant shipping manager; Downtown "It can work because a lot of the buildings really need repairs, they have cockroaches, and (the landlords) never do anything. They will be forced to repair the buildings, that's for sure.
NEWS
October 30, 1995 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles city program that withholds rent from landlords to force them to repair slum conditions has collected rent payments from only 10% of the 220 buildings in the program, prompting housing officials to call for an overhaul of the project. The city's Rent Escrow Account Program, or REAP, was adopted seven years ago as the city's get-tough effort to bring slums up to code.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2003 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Year after year, the apartment building on Cerritos Place sat in need of repairs. So when the Los Angeles city attorney filed 11 criminal charges against the corporation that owns it, tenants who had lived with roaches, no hot water, and deteriorating walls and ceilings hoped things would get better. The corporation even pleaded guilty to one count -- but then sent tenants eviction notices that were mandated, the owner's attorney said, in a court order crafted by the city attorney's office.
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