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January 10, 1998 | KIMBERLY LISAGOR
Thirty homeless mothers are vying for a chance to move their families into a new, subsidized apartment complex that will open later this month. But there is space for only 10 families. As completion of the Stoll Community House Apartments on Los Robles Road nears, representatives from three charity groups will interview the women who will become the building's first inhabitants.
April 20, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - High-stakes bargaining is about to begin in California's Capitol. As the weather heats up in Sacramento every year, so does the intensity. There'll be bartering over wonky programs and policies that for most citizens would be snooze-inducing. But for Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders, it's about political positioning, agenda attaining and legacy building. The political leaders have been laying their demands and wish lists on the negotiating table in recent days while most lawmakers were off on spring break.
September 30, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER
Goleta's drought became Ventura's gain when the Salvation Army began construction recently on 74 rent-subsidized apartments for senior citizens and disabled adults. The Salvation Army planned to build the $4.5-million project in Goleta, just north of Santa Barbara, but was forced to look elsewhere when water shortages prompted restrictions on construction, said Margo Reid of Falkenberg/Gilliam Associates Inc., a Pasadena development firm managing the work.
April 4, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Turning the Cecil Hotel into homeless housing was supposed to be a quick and innovative way to get skid row residents off the streets. But a proposal for hundreds of homeless units in the hotel collapsed recently in the face of opposition from downtown business leaders and social service providers, backed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. They argued the neighborhood is oversaturated with homeless housing and other services. "Supervisor Molina's strong opinion is that the skid row area is the way it is because of an over-concentration of services," Roxane Marquez, Molina's press deputy, said Friday.
September 3, 1988 | SAM HALL KAPLAN
You cannot see the ocean from the city government-subsidized Ocean Terrace apartment complex in Torrance, but the tenants do not seem to mind. They consider themselves quite lucky to have found an affordable place to live in the current housing crunch. The 35-unit senior citizens complex, set back behind a landscaped parking area on a quiet residential block at 3851 226th St.
April 25, 2002
Re "Judge Limits Hikes in Formerly Subsidized Rents," April 19: Now that U.S. District Judge George H. King has told landlords they can't back out of federally subsidized apartment programs, even when the required time period to stay in the program has passed, there is no longer any incentive for future developers to build any new low-income housing. After all, what developer in his right mind would want to deal with a lot of government red tape and often-difficult tenants when the government continues to change the rules in the middle of the contract?
April 4, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
The City Council has deadlocked on a proposal to require city-subsidized housing projects to pay property taxes. City officials now decide on a case-by-case basis whether a housing project should be removed from property tax rolls, but there is no policy on when such action should be taken. Five housing projects that received financial assistance from Fullerton and its redevelopment agency do not pay property taxes.
July 7, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday derailed a Reagan Administration effort to sell up to 311 federally subsidized housing projects nationwide in a ruling that could complicate future attempts to transfer government-backed loans to private investors. In issuing the preliminary injunction barring sales that were to become final on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham chastised the Housing and Urban Development Department for failing to consider the effects on low-income tenants.
The head of a company that controls tens of thousands of subsidized housing units for the poor announced Wednesday he is divesting himself of most of the dwellings after accusing the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development of trying to drive him out of business and making him a "scapegoat" for HUD's own problems. A. Bruce Rozet, chairman of Associated Financial Corp.
December 3, 1987 | JESS BRAVIN, Times Staff Writer
A state-subsidized housing development intended to lure professors to UCLA has sparked a dispute between the University of California and the county assessor over $200,000 in assessed property taxes that residents of the community say they should not have to pay. University officials contend that the unexpectedly large tax assessments could damage a project designed to attract top faculty to the school, while Los Angeles County Assessor John J.
March 5, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Martha Groves
From the balcony of her Crescent Drive apartment, Shari Able takes in the luxurious view - a picture-postcard panorama of the homes of Beverly Hills. Her home sits above a Whole Foods stocked with organic kabocha squash and Dungeness crabs. Rodeo Drive's boutiques are a brisk walk away. But the 74-year-old is quick to warn elderly suitors who think her 90210 ZIP Code means a cushy bank account. Her federally subsidized apartment costs her roughly $200 a month, she said. "I told one guy from Long Beach, 'I live in Beverly Hills, but it's the only HUD building in Beverly Hills,'" Able recalled one morning over coffee and madeleines.
February 26, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Work is underway on Metro @ Compton Senior Apartments, a $19.5-million housing community near several transit stops, including the light rail Metro Blue Line. The project is being developed by Meta Housing Corp. of Los Angeles, which specializes in building subsidized housing for families and senior citizens. Residents of Metro @ Compton must be 55 or older. The County of Los Angeles Housing Authority helped fund the 75-unit complex under construction at 302 N. Tamarin Ave. in Compton.
November 7, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A sleek apartment complex opened Thursday in the heart of skid row, offering what backers hope will be a beacon for the neighborhood's homeless residents and a portal to an increasingly revitalized east side of downtown Los Angeles. The $28-million Gateways Apartments, at the corner of 5th and San Pedro streets, has amenities such as an open-air atrium, solar panels and a smoking lounge with its own filtration system. The eye-catching design contrasts sharply with the more institutional facades of the nearby homeless shelters.
June 28, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Richard Winton and Frank Shyong
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies harassed and intimidated blacks, Latinos and other residents in the Antelope Valley, the U.S. Justice Department has concluded after a two-year investigation. Federal officials found a pattern of sheriff's deputies using unreasonable force, intimidation and "widespread" unlawful detentions and searches. Many of the findings involved residents who received low-income subsidized housing. The allegations mark another setback for a troubled department that is also the subject of a federal investigation into deputy misconduct and brutality in the jail system.
March 31, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - After George Lucas abandoned plans to build a movie studio along a woodsy road in Marin County, he complained about the permitting process in a place so environmentally friendly that hybrid-car ownership is four times the state average. His next move, some here say, was payback for what Lucas described in a written statement as the "bitterness and anger" expressed by his neighbors. The creator of "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" is working with a local foundation that hopes to build hundreds of units of affordable housing on a former dairy farm called Grady Ranch, where his studio would have risen.
June 10, 2011 | By Melanie Hicken, David Zahniser and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Money intended for the construction of a Los Angeles affordable-housing project instead was diverted to pay for a high-end renovation of a Glendale city councilman's condominium, according to a subcontractor who worked on both jobs. Ronald Chamberlain, owner of D & A Coating & Restoration of Fullerton, told The Times the FBI took records involving his work at the home of John Drayman, who lost his reelection bid for the Glendale City Council in April. He said agents also questioned him about Drayman.
Thousands of Ventura County residents have failed to profit from the region's increasing affluence and are living in overcrowded or substandard housing to keep from joining the 2,000 to 5,000 who already are homeless, officials say. No government agency has kept track of the number of residents who have had to move in with relatives or friends, or resort to other means, such as living in trailers in county campgrounds, to keep a roof over their heads.
Closeted in a cramped apartment with her two youngsters, Maria Diaz Agrinisoni was wary nonetheless of moving to a more spacious unit in Sun Valley. The Strathern Park Apartments, after all, was a low-income housing project. Then she saw the place. The immaculate, 241-unit complex dotted with graceful pepper trees belies the image of a subsidized housing project as a crime-ridden slum.
January 21, 2008 | Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writer
For more than a decade, a steady stream of housing officials and city planners from across the country have visited Atlanta to view the future of mixed-income housing. They tour sites such as Centennial Place -- where vast public housing blocks were torn down in 1994 to make way for a pioneering $150-million mixed-income community of garden apartments and town homes -- and then they go on to carry out similar projects in cities such as New Orleans and New York.
September 11, 2007 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Poor tenants relying on federally subsidized housing in Los Angeles are protected from eviction by the city's rent control laws, a federal judge said in a tentative ruling Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins' ruling came in response to a lawsuit by 22 tenants of a hillside apartment building in Echo Park against owners including a UCLA real estate professor. But it has implications for about 26,000 people who live in rent-controlled buildings and receive federal subsidies.
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