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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1985 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
Electrical power was restored Friday to seven families who are participating in a rent strike several hours after they held a news conference and criticized a Santa Ana landlord for failing to pay utilities. For three days, said Juan Herrera, "We have been living without lights and power." The power was disconnected at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and turned back on Friday before noon at the apartment building at 931 S. Standard Ave., a Southern California Edison Co. spokesman said.
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November 26, 2005
RE "A Troupe of Failures for Sale -- or, 'Rent,' " by Carina Chocano, Nov. 23: Hey, there's nothing wrong with hating everything about "Rent," despite its thoroughly honest origins with an actual starving East Village artist. Think the stage show is facile and unbelievable? Fine. Hate the fact that non-bohemian people have the audacity to enjoy a cleaned-up version of youthful artistic struggle set amid the AIDS crisis? No problem. But assign a writer to review a movie who loathes the source material?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1985 | ANDY ROSE, Times Staff Writer
The organizer of a rally in support of rent-striking families in Santa Ana and Anaheim that drew about 2,000 people to Madison Park in Santa Ana Saturday said the movement could spread to Garden Grove's Buena-Clinton area next month.
NEWS
December 10, 2001 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Daniel Arap Moi's palatial residence in Kabernet Gardens comes with a view: a patchwork of rusting corrugated tin roofs as far as the eye can see. Moi didn't have to travel far when he visited the giant Kibera slum a few weeks ago and said that rents for the brick houses, cardboard dwellings and mud huts were too high and should be reduced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1989 | LILY ENG, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Ana City Council on Monday gave the owners of a 10-unit apartment building involved in a rent strike 60 days to renovate stairs and a balcony or face having the property declared a public nuisance and repaired by the city--at their expense. Nick O'Malley, an attorney for landlords James B. Isbill and Bonnie P. Isbill, said his clients intend to begin repairs as soon as they receive building permits from the city. The two-story building at 607 E. Washington Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1988 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge on Monday rejected efforts by landlords to halt a prolonged rent strike by Latinos throughout Orange County but did move toward requiring the tenants group to give a detailed accounting of the rent collections it has been withholding. Over the last 3 years, Latino residents in several hundred housing units in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Costa Mesa and elsewhere have withheld their rent payments as part of a campaign to pressure landlords to make repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1988
If a poll were taken to select Orange County's worst slum, Buena Clinton, a 39-acre neighborhood in Garden Grove, would easily win again. About five years ago, the rundown neighborhood made news when county health officials did indeed identify it as the worst slum. In reaction to that, the Garden Grove City Council vowed to improve the area. Some changes were made, but not nearly enough.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | Lee Romney
A group of Olvera Street merchants has launched a rent strike after declaring an impasse in negotiations with the city agency that governs the historic district. The protest by 47 of the 70 merchants at the Mexican marketplace caps months of contentious negotiations on long-term leases and rent hikes with the city's El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1988 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
Tenants of the Buena Clinton neighborhood in Garden Grove began a rent strike Sunday, withholding payments until landlords make repairs in their apartments, according to the leader of a Latino immigrants' rights group. Nativo Lopez, who heads Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, said that about 100 tenants have deposited rent money, which was due Sunday, in a trust account in an attempt to force the landlords to fix stoves, repair leaking pipes and rid their apartments of rats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1989 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
A group of tenants in the Buena Clinton neighborhood of Garden Grove agreed Tuesday to end an 8-month rent strike after the owner promised to improve conditions and reduce back rents, the tenants' attorney said. The settlement affects 21 families who live on Sunswept and Keel avenues who began withholding rent in May after they accused the owner of ignoring complaints about plumbing and sewer leaks, broken appliances and roach and rodent infestations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2001 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mothers everywhere know the routine: Wake up in the middle of the night, feed the baby, rock the baby, put the baby back to sleep. But mothers at one apartment building in Maywood have one more late-night task: Check the baby for roaches. The women of this 26-unit building on Maywood Avenue know that roaches cause rashes--and that rodents carry disease, that mold can lead to infection, and that tap water the color of apple juice is not safe.
NEWS
September 22, 2001 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Empire State Building once again represents everything that is New York, which means it has become a place of fear and loathing, harsh words, threatened lawsuits and talk of a grass-roots rent strike. As tenants of this city within the city adjust to the changed landscape of Manhattan, which has made their building New York's tallest again, many see their location as more precarious than privileged. The issue is safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1999 | CHRIS CEBALLOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When escrow closes on the 148-unit Haster Gardens apartment complex--possibly as early as this week--redeveloper Chuck Fry plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony and rename the property Arroyo Vista. He said he hopes the move will symbolically put to rest "the Haster Disaster." Through the city redevelopment agency, Fry recently received a $620,000 federal loan to buy the 37 individually owned fourplex buildings that constitute what some call the worst slum housing area in Garden Grove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1999 | CRYSTAL CARREON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Orange County judge appointed a receiver Tuesday to manage the Haster Gardens Apartments in Garden Grove, and city officials said they hope to work quickly to clean up one of the city's worst slum housing areas. Citing substandard living conditions and continual neglect, Superior Court Judge Ronald C. Kline granted the city's request to appoint a temporary receiver to oversee the 148-unit apartment complex. "We're happy," said Joe Forbath, a deputy city attorney. "I hope it's a new beginning."
NEWS
August 9, 1998 | HELEN O'NEILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
They crowded into the mud and stone cabin--Padian, Hanley, McDermott and the others, to plot the unthinkable: a rent strike against the British crown. By the light of candles and a turf fire, the ragged band of neighbors spelled out their demands: legal title to land they claimed was rightfully theirs. One hundred and sixty-five years ago, the tenants of Ballykilcline believed they were planning their town's future. In fact, they were ensuring its demise.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | Lee Romney
A group of Olvera Street merchants has launched a rent strike after declaring an impasse in negotiations with the city agency that governs the historic district. The protest by 47 of the 70 merchants at the Mexican marketplace caps months of contentious negotiations on long-term leases and rent hikes with the city's El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority.
NEWS
February 22, 1985 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
Alfredo Torres had put up with leaky faucets, a faulty stove and rats so noisy that they kept his wife and four children awake at night, he said. But after six months without hot water he put his foot down. In November, he quit paying the $350 monthly rent on his one-bedroom Santa Ana apartment. "I had my back against the wall. What could I have done? I have my family to consider. We deserve better," said Torres, who works as a $4.50-an-hour television cabinet assembler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1986 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
Organizers of a Santa Ana rent strike said Friday that despite new posted warnings by the city ordering tenants to leave two Minnie Street apartment buildings, they intend to remain. "We won't move. We'll go to jail first," vowed organizer Nativo Lopez, spokesman for the immigrant rights organization Hermandad Mexicana Nacional.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1995 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Tenants waging a rent strike at the Town and Country Apartments have won a preliminary victory in Superior Court. On Wednesday, a judge denied the owners of the apartments a restraining order against the tenants' attorneys. The order would have prevented Elizabeth Martin of the nonprofit Fair Housing Council and Newport Beach attorney Richard Spix from holding the tenants' rent in a trust until the strike is settled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1992 | GEOFF BOUCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A call for a rent strike brought cheers Thursday night from about 100 residents of the Minnie-Standard apartments who gathered to protest their landlords' push to outlaw street parking. While the owners of the sprawling apartment complex say outlawing curbside parking will cut down on congestion and street crime, many of the renters call the ban effort another tactic to rid the complex of large, low-income families living in single units.
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