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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.
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November 22, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The Argentine writer César Aira is a master of dark and forgotten places. Like his late countryman Jorge Luis Borges, he writes narratives that feel like fables. He is the author of 80 books, most of them novellas, only a handful of which have been translated to English. At a slim 128 pages, "Shantytown" recounts a story set in a slum, or "villa miseria," as they're known in Buenos Aires. I lived within earshot of such a Buenos Aires shantytown not long after Aira originally published this novel in 1998.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1992
The owner of an apartment house in the Westlake area of Los Angeles pleaded no contest Monday to slum violations, then was barred from reopening the building for residential rental use. The ban was placed on Michael H. Lapidus, 42, as a condition of his probation, said Deputy City Atty. Richard M. Bobb. Lapidus entered his plea to six violations of health, fire and building and safety codes at the 48-unit apartment building at 1710 W. 6th St., Bobb said.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis waded into the heart of Brazil's troubles Thursday with a visit to an often-violent slum that the government has provided with small improvements in a bid to stanch social unrest. The pope's venture into the Varginha favela may be the trickiest event in his week in Brazil, his first overseas trip since his election in March and one that has brought him to his native continent. Security, already frayed by Francis' tendency to ignore the restrictive rules, and sheer logistics were complicated as the visit began Thursday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1990
A Municipal Court jury on Tuesday convicted landlord Devanand Sharma of 23 counts of having slum conditions at a building he owns at 737 S. Westlake Ave. in Los Angeles. The panel found Sharma had failed to provide tenants with heat, did not repair broken windows, fire doors and smoke detectors, and kept walls, ceilings and plumbing in the 30-unit building in a deteriorated condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI
A judge ordered a Chatsworth man to pay more than $13,000 in fines Friday stemming from his conviction on charges of permitting slum conditions at a Hollywood apartment house he owns. Municipal Judge Veronica Simmons McBeth also sentenced Bernard Gross, 48, to three years summary probation and imposed a June 21 deadline for Gross to repair the slum conditions or face more penalties, according to the city attorney's office. A June 29 compliance hearing has been scheduled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS
A Granada Hills landlord has been ordered to pay $14,911 in fines and costs after pleading no contest Thursday to operating 14 North Hollywood apartment complexes in slum conditions, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Salomon Wainberg, 68, was sentenced in Los Angeles Municipal Court after pleading to 10 violations of various health and building and safety codes, according to Richard Bobb, the deputy city attorney who prosecuted the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1990
A package of bills that would require owners of substandard buildings to set aside repair money in an escrow account was unveiled Monday by state Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles) and Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn. In a statement, Hahn said the bills are aimed at real estate deals involving lenders who make it possible for owners to transfer slum properties "like hot potatoes" as they attempted to evade prosecution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1989
A slum building in the Westlake district of Los Angeles became the first to be placed under a punitive city program that takes rent money away from landlords and places it in a special bank account controlled by the city. The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to put a 36-unit property at 521 S. Union Drive, owned by Peter Berrocal of Mano Industries Inc., in the "rent escrow account program." The program was authorized by the council last November.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
After years of enduring some of the Valley's worst slum conditions, about 100 residents of a rundown Blythe Street apartment complex have been temporarily relocated in the first phase of a city-led effort to refurbish the buildings, officials said.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Residents of one of Rio de Janeiro's poorest neighborhoods Thursday gave Pope Francis an enthusiastic welcome, grateful for anyone to shine a light on their plight. “He's brought a lot of attention to us, and a lot of improvements to our neighborhood,” said Valmir de Paula, 41, who runs a little corner general store. “The trash has improved, things have cleaned up. I hope the improvements are here to stay.” Francis visited the Varginha favela , or slum, to tell the poor to persevere in their demands for equality and justice.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - When Pope Francis' first trip to his native Latin America takes him into a Rio de Janeiro slum on Thursday, he will be walking into an intersection of all the major social problems that have beset Brazil's economic rise - and that exploded into huge protests across the country last month. Almost a year after the tiny Varghina favela , or slum, was "pacified" - retaken from drug gangs by the government - residents complain of police abuse and say the authorities' arrival has not been accompanied by basic improvements in public services such as healthcare, transportation and education.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Pope Francis waded into the heart of Brazil's troubles Thursday, telling residents of a notorious slum that their leaders must do a better job of helping them. The potentially provocative comments by the first pope from the Americas were in keeping with the causes he holds most dear: social justice and reaching out to the poor. "No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world!" Francis told a rain-soaked crowd in the Varginha favela , or slum, which had been spruced up with new electrical cables and fresh asphalt.
WORLD
April 21, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
GIZA, Egypt - The woman with crates of unsold tomatoes breathed in the boisterous music of slum life: creaking shutters, squawking chickens, blowing laundry, clattering junkmen. But the ingrained rhythms only angered Hamid Ali Mohamed, who sat in an alley beside her rusting scales and a slim pile of 12 coins, the equivalent of less than $2 for a day's work at the vegetable stand she inherited from her late husband. "Hey!" she yelled at a passing woman. "Why'd you buy those tomatoes from someone else?"
WORLD
February 2, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Hands caked in plaster, hammers scattered at his side, Yousry Abdelaziz toils away almost forgotten in a workshop at the edge of a shantytown that echoes with gunshots and the hollers of boys peddling cabbages in the middle of the night. The car mechanic next door is faring no better, even with his new marketing gimmick, a sculpture of mufflers and silver pipes twisting like fingers into the sky. A man has to try something to call attention to his business as the inflation rate rises, the Egyptian pound tumbles and sparse ingredients make subsidized bread as thin as paper.
WORLD
December 6, 2012 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
SAO PAULO, Brazil - Renewed tension between police and Sao Paulo's largest criminal gang are being blamed for a surge in violence in Brazil's most populous state, where more than 4,100 people have been killed this year, including almost 100 police officers. Analysts say a wave of executions of police officers has been carried out by First Command of the Capital, a two-decade-old gang known by the Portuguese initials PCC. It burst into the consciousness of more well-off Sao Paulo residents in 2006 when a series of deadly attacks shocked and paralyzed the city for days.
WORLD
October 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
About a sixth of the world's population, nearly 1 billion people, live in slums, a number that could double by 2030 without serious attention, the U.N. Human Settlements Program reported. Asia has the largest number of slum dwellers, with 554 million, and sub-Saharan Africa has the largest percentage of its urban population in slums, about 71%. Almost half the world's urban population lives in slums. The report describes slums as poor, overcrowded areas lacking basic services or clean water.
NEWS
November 9, 1986 | From Reuters
Thousands of poor Brazilians are living in a leper colony near the Amazon town of Manaus because life is cheaper and better there than in the slums, a health official said Friday. The official said that only about 2,300 of the 7,000 people in the city's Colonia do Aleixo are lepers. Some of the non-lepers are relatives of the sick, but most are there because life in the institution is cheaper, the official said.
WORLD
November 25, 2012 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
RIO DE JANEIRO - At a massive party put on by the Amigos dos Amigos gang a while back, dozens of teenagers wearing nothing but sandals, swim trunks and comically oversized assault rifles provided security. Partygoers casually snorted cocaine off tables set up in the plaza at the Rocinha favela and waved guns in the air as they danced. If neighbors didn't like the bass-heavy electronic music pumping until the early hours, they had little recourse: Rocinha was a Neverland-like world where boys were kings and the state was far, far away.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Novelist Louise Erdrich and journalist Katherine Boo took the top prizes at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday night. Although set half a world apart, both women's books express what Boo described as "small stories in so-called hidden places. " Erdrich won the fiction award for "The Round House," set among the Turtle Mountain Chippewa. The author of more than a dozen novels, Erdrich spoke in Ojibwe and English in her speech, citing "the grace and endurance of Native women.
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