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February 14, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the 25 years since he immigrated from India, Shashikant Jogani quietly built a real estate empire, borrowing to buy apartment buildings no one else wanted, fixing them up, then leveraging them to buy more. Jogani became a rich man, and one of Los Angeles' largest residential landlords. But 30 seconds of shaking on Jan.
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February 26, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal agency charged with putting low-income people into decent, affordable housing is itself trying to evict dozens of poor and elderly Los Angeles residents from homes they have rented for years but which are now in foreclosure.
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April 1, 1991 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When musician Forrest Pierson and his wife, salon owner Ratana Tanasaphaisal, moved into a fifth-floor condominium on downtown Los Angeles' Spring Street five years ago, they believed that the panhandlers and drug dealers would soon be swept away, and that the old, boarded-up office buildings would fill with workers, interesting shops and cafes. But the street's only upscale eatery closed two years ago, as did a promising new nightclub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1999
City Atty. James Hahn has announced a program to evict drug dealers from apartment buildings, a weapon in the war on drugs made possible by a new state law. Last week, the City Council approved $170,410 to fund a narcotics eviction team that will target neighborhoods already getting attention from the city's narcotics abatement unit, Hahn said.
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March 20, 1997 | BILL BOYARSKY
The smell of smoke still hung in the hot Wednesday morning air when I reached the scene of a garage fire that had killed a grandmother and two small children just hours before. A man approached me. I could see him noticing my press tags and sizing me up. Something was bothering, even haunting, him. He told me he was Jose Vasquez, a gardener, and he wanted to make a confession. No, he didn't own the burned-out garage. But he used to rent out one like it, behind his house.
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July 1, 1997
City housing officials will begin conducting background checks for participants in a federally funded rent assistance program after the City Council's adoption last month of an administrative plan for the program. Housing division administrator Steve Wagner said that if a background check by police turns up criminal or drug-related activity in the last five years, an applicant would not be eligible for assistance under the HUD-funded program, known as Section 8.
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December 8, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stepson of ailing Los Angeles City Councilman Gilbert Lindsay will go to court next week in an attempt to reclaim the elderly councilman's real estate from his former girlfriend, an attorney for the family said Friday. Herbert Howard will ask a judge to appoint him conservator for his stepfather, who was incapacitated by a stroke Sept. 2, said Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., the lawyer who wrote Lindsay's will and represents Howard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1990
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to an ordinance that would require most landlords to pay 5% annual interest on security deposits. The council approved the long-debated ordinance in a 9-1 vote, and at the same time 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. Councilman Ernani Bernardi voted against the measure.
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June 2, 1997 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The resounding rebuff by the mayor and City Council last week of a proposal to make garage apartments safer, and in some cases legal, comes at a time when Los Angeles is on the brink of a major shift in housing policy.
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June 2, 1997 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The resounding rebuff by the mayor and City Council last week of a proposal to make bootleg garage apartments safer and in some cases, legal, comes at a time when Los Angeles is on the brink of a major shift in housing policy. The change is expected to be hastened by the departure of housing chief Gary Squier, an appointee of Mayor Tom Bradley, whose activist style riled a number of Mayor Richard Riordan's aides.
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July 15, 1998 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting casually on a desk in the nondescript offices of the city's Housing Department, Mayor Richard Riordan on Tuesday signed into law the most important anti-slum reform in Los Angeles history: the creation of a unit intended to ferret out blighted apartments across the city. "Every human being in the city has the right to live in quality housing," Riordan told a group of 14 inspectors who will form the core of the new city program. "And you're in the front lines of doing that."
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July 15, 1998 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting casually on a desk in the nondescript offices of the city's Housing Department, Mayor Richard Riordan on Tuesday signed into law the most important anti-slum reform in Los Angeles history: the creation of a unit intended to ferret out blighted apartments across the city. "Every human being in the city has the right to live in quality housing," Riordan told a group of 14 inspectors who will form the core of the new city program. "And you're in the front lines of doing that."
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June 22, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allen Course, 35, knows all about the gap in affordable housing. He and his two children fell right through it last year, ending up homeless and on the street. The lowest point came when they were waiting for the doors to open at a shelter in Santa Monica, a worn red bag holding everything they owned. "A man drove by and a couple of minutes later he came back with a loaf of white bread and a package of sliced turkey.
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October 22, 1997 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against the landlords of a dilapidated downtown building that has become a symbol of urban decay for reformers trying to beef up city code enforcement. Raul Avila and Miriam Escobar, both of Whittier, are charged with 28 counts of violating building and health codes at their property at 1979 Estrella Avenue near the Convention Center.
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August 19, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pledging to provide safe, adequate housing for all of Los Angeles' renters, Mayor Richard Riordan on Monday signed a law that gives property owners just 48 hours to fix dangerous conditions before the city orders the work done and sends landlords the bill. "Slumlords take notice: You can pay now, or you can pay later," Riordan said at a noon news conference. "Every Angeleno has a right to a decent quality of life. Every Angeleno has a right to decent housing. Slumlords must clean up their act."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1997
City housing officials will begin conducting background checks for participants in a federally funded rent assistance program after the City Council's adoption last month of an administrative plan for the program. Housing division administrator Steve Wagner said that if a background check by police turns up criminal or drug-related activity in the last five years, an applicant would not be eligible for assistance under the HUD-funded program, known as Section 8.
NEWS
May 5, 1993 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ and SANDRA HERNANDEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The deadly fire that swept through a Westlake apartment house Monday is a grim illustration of the challenges facing budget-strapped emergency personnel in the inner city. During the past decade, scores of immigrants flocked to the inner city, often living in crowded, unsafe conditions such as those where the blaze erupted Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1998 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting casually on a desk in the nondescript offices of the city's Housing Department, Mayor Richard Riordan on Tuesday signed into law the most important anti-slum reform in Los Angeles history: the creation of a unit intended to ferret out blighted apartments across the city. "Every human being in the city has the right to live in quality housing," Riordan told a group of 14 inspectors who will form the core of the new city program. "And you're in the front lines of doing that."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1997 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The resounding rebuff by the mayor and City Council last week of a proposal to make garage apartments safer, and in some cases legal, comes at a time when Los Angeles is on the brink of a major shift in housing policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1997 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The resounding rebuff by the mayor and City Council last week of a proposal to make bootleg garage apartments safer and in some cases, legal, comes at a time when Los Angeles is on the brink of a major shift in housing policy. The change is expected to be hastened by the departure of housing chief Gary Squier, an appointee of Mayor Tom Bradley, whose activist style riled a number of Mayor Richard Riordan's aides.
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