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August 8, 1999
Are you a renter with a question about your lease, your deposit or any other aspect of landlord-tenant law? Then check out the Web site of Tenants Legal Center of San Diego (http://www.tenantslegalcenter.com). One of the best renters' rights sites, it covers the law in California and most other states and features links to helpful sites.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2010 | By Martha Groves
For years, Mike Horelick and Nicolina Karlsson endured the cigarette smoke wafting into their tiny Santa Monica courtyard apartment from a neighbor's patio, even though it aggravated Karlsson's asthma. But after the couple made several $100 trips to the emergency room because their infant daughter was gasping for air, they pleaded with the neighbor to stop smoking outdoors, to no avail. Now, contending that secondhand smoke poses a health hazard, they have joined other activists who are pushing the city to snuff out smoking on private balconies and patios in multifamily dwellings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2010 | By Martha Groves
For years, Mike Horelick and Nicolina Karlsson endured the cigarette smoke wafting into their tiny Santa Monica courtyard apartment from a neighbor's patio, even though it aggravated Karlsson's asthma. But after the couple made several $100 trips to the emergency room because their infant daughter was gasping for air, they pleaded with the neighbor to stop smoking outdoors, to no avail. Now, contending that secondhand smoke poses a health hazard, they have joined other activists who are pushing the city to snuff out smoking on private balconies and patios in multifamily dwellings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2010 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Ken Genser, Santa Monica mayor and longtime city councilman, died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from a long illness, his sister, HaRa Beck said. He was 59 and had been in the hospital since October. Genser served on the City Council since 1988 and was elected mayor three times by the council. "The city was his life. He dedicated all of his energies to the people of Santa Monica," Councilman Richard Bloom said. "His signature issue was affordable housing.
NEWS
November 16, 1986
On Election Day, Nov. 4, door hangers appeared in the apartment building where I reside. "Vote Today" for "the Team for Santa Monica Renters," the public was advised. I expected to see the candidates of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights: David Finkel, Julie Lopez Dad and Dolores Press. Instead, I was dismayed to find that this hanger recommended the slate of the All Santa Monica Coalition, the coalition of the big developers and landlords, the organization that has all along opposed any renters' rights policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Renters rights advocates, who have dominated Santa Monica politics for more than a decade, held on to a majority of City Council posts with the reelection Tuesday of two incumbent council members and the capture of a vacant seat. Another incumbent, with more conservative leanings, retained her position. Incumbents Ken Genser and Paul Rosenstein, who are affiliated with Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, claimed a narrow victory over 11 challengers.
NEWS
May 9, 1993
Regardless of how many parents and community members protest the content of the RAND sex survey, don't expect to see the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education back down one inch. They don't have to listen to parents or anybody else from the general public. For each voter who knows what's going on in our public schools, there are probably 10 who are ignorant and simply vote for the renters' rights candidates. (Someone may ask, "Why would there be renters' rights candidates for school board--What's the connection?"
NEWS
September 20, 1992
It's clear that the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights' head machinists decided that City Atty. Robert Myers had become a political liability for SMRR council members Judy Abdo and Ken Genser, who have the nerve to run for reelection after having gotten the city into this mess. So politicians--including Abdo and Genser--who were singing Myers' praises a month earlier gave him the hook. Santa Monica voters--regardless of their politics--have got to be asking themselves: Do we want to be governed by people who would sell out their close friend to save their own political skins?
NEWS
September 29, 1985 | BARBARA BAIRD, Times Staff Writer
The chairman of a Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce task force says it has found that the city "has a very serious image problem" that may be scaring away business. The task force, which has spent nine months studying the city's economy and the possible effects of its reputation as "the People's Republic of Santa Monica," is expected to give its complete report to the chamber and the City Council in about a month. Chairman Christopher M.
NEWS
May 23, 1985 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights is moving ahead with plans to rebuild the loose-knit tenant coalition by opening it to general membership, but organizers say they won't be able to gauge the success of the recruiting drive until this fall, when they attempt to hold their first convention. Longtime supporters celebrated the group's sixth anniversary last weekend at the Santa Monica Pier carrousel.
OPINION
February 3, 2007
Re "Lighten up," editorial, Jan. 30 The Times misses the mark in ridiculing one city's attempt to address a significant health and safety issue -- the prevalence of secondhand smoke in apartment/condo buildings. This is not, as your editorial suggests, an issue of government overreach but rather an important public health measure to ensure that the majority of nonsmokers can enjoy a smoke-free environment in their own residences. As a renter myself, I recently experienced the very problem that the measure in Belmont, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Daniel Cohen, 90, a progressive Santa Monica political activist who devoted much of his life to fighting for union workers, tenants and seniors, died March 25 of natural causes in a West Los Angeles hospital. An electrician by trade, Cohen served as president of Santa Monica's Democratic Club in the 1970s and helped lead the renters' rights movement. He was also a founding member of the politically powerful Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights. Cohen, who was born in Trenton, N.J.
REAL ESTATE
September 15, 2002 | ROBERT J. BRUSS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Whether you're a residential tenant or a landlord, you'll benefit from reading the newest edition of "Renters' Rights." As with most Nolo Press law books, this well-researched and easy-to-read book contains simple non-legalese explanations plus state-by-state applicable statutes. Examples include maximum security-deposit statutes, rent withholding laws for essential repairs and statutory methods to prevent landlord retaliation.
REAL ESTATE
August 8, 1999
Are you a renter with a question about your lease, your deposit or any other aspect of landlord-tenant law? Then check out the Web site of Tenants Legal Center of San Diego (http://www.tenantslegalcenter.com). One of the best renters' rights sites, it covers the law in California and most other states and features links to helpful sites.
NEWS
November 21, 1998 | From Associated Press
The Federal Communications Commission gave renters permission Friday to install small satellite dishes or other TV antennas on balconies, patios or gardens that aren't shared with other tenants. The rule, which the agency said will supersede any existing restriction on the devices in lease agreements, should take effect in about two months. The action applies to rental properties such as apartments and single-family homes, but it won't affect "common areas," such as apartment lobbies or roofs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | MARILYN MARTINEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Renters rights advocates, who have dominated Santa Monica politics for more than a decade, held on to a majority of City Council posts with the reelection Tuesday of two incumbent council members and the capture of a vacant seat. Another incumbent, with more conservative leanings, retained her position. Incumbents Ken Genser and Paul Rosenstein, who are affiliated with Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, claimed a narrow victory over 11 challengers.
NEWS
August 30, 1992
The Santa Monicans for Renters Rights must really think we renters are stupid. I can figure out that my rent control will stay in place no matter who sits on the City Council. What bothers me are the transients sleeping and defecating in my building's laundry room and garage, not to mention the takeover of our city parks. As long as the council is controlled by Robert Myers, it will continue to allow transients to break all kinds of laws. I wish everyone who is upset about this would unite (so we wouldn't split up our votes)
NEWS
February 20, 1994
The use of terms like "Draconian," "Anti-Intellectual Elites," "Fascists," "Leftists," and other offensive terms by Kip Dellinger (Letters, Feb. 13) to describe tenants of Santa Monica and supporters of rent control, demands an answer if not an apology. Mr. Dellinger is an obvious expert in the art of name calling. But he doesn't even know me, and I do not fit one of his above descriptions. Neither do my neighbors. Neither do members of Santa Monicans For Renters Rights (SMRR)
NEWS
November 24, 1994
Regarding "3 Police-Backed Candidates Win Seats on Council" (Nov. 10), ousted Santa Monica City Council member Tony Vazquez, in playing the race card to explain his loss in the Nov. 8 elections, revealed not only a lack of contact with reality, but a lack of class. Vazquez was rejected for the simple reason that he spent all his political capital on the "rights" of homeless people instead of those of the bona fide tenants (i.e., voters) of Santa Monica which his party, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights, purports to represent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1994 | DAVID LINK, David Link is a Los Angeles lawyer who represented one of the tenants in this case.
Judicial activism, whether liberal or conservative, is troublesome not so much because it is arrogant but because it appears so rational to the activists. But one man's reasoning may be another man's Wonderland. A tendency toward conservative activism has been brewing for nearly a decade in the California courts; in May, it boiled over in a landmark landlord-rights decision from the Court of Appeal, which the state Supreme Court has agreed to review.
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