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NEWS
April 22, 1990
These are dramatic and changing times in which we live. Certainly with Gorbachev in the U.S.S.R. talking glasnost and SMRR in the People's Republic of Santa Monica talking in conciliatory tones of vacancy decontrol, times have changed, and there is a new wind blowing. In U.S.S.R., Gorbachev has, for years, been a good party Communist. In Soviet Monica, we now have Jay Johnson, who has worked as a very staunch liberal for years. Jay Johnson is the newly appointed Rent Control Board Commissioner.
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NEWS
May 19, 1994
The Santa Monica political scene continues to adopt many of the same restrictive standards that have hampered our industry long before the Northridge earthquake on Jan. 17. A new regulation of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board took effect May 11. This new facet of the rent law attempts to allow pass-throughs on earthquake-related capital expenditures. Petitions must be filed no later than Jan. 17, 1995, for completed repairs or work to be done. Tenants can file petitions to oppose the owner's repairs for damage relating to the earthquake based on the owner's costs of repairs or if the rent increase imposes a financial hardship for the tenant.
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NEWS
May 9, 1985 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
In a move that provoked renewed protests this week from landlords, the West Hollywood City Council has committed itself to adopting a rent control law that would sharply limit rental increases when tenants vacate apartments. During a series of votes designed to pave the way for a rent control law, the council last Thursday approved the concept of "vacancy decontrol," which would allow landlords to raise rents when a renter leaves an apartment.
NEWS
June 14, 1990
Backers of an initiative petition that would allow landlords to raise rents to market levels after tenants voluntarily vacate a unit submitted more than 11,700 signatures to the Santa Monica City Clerk. At least 7,842 signatures must be validated for the initiative to be placed on the November municipal ballot. The county registrar-recorder has 30 days to verify signatures.
NEWS
May 6, 1990
It was recently reported that landlord groups are planning an initiative campaign in Santa Monica to change the rent control law to allow "vacancy decontrol." As a co-chair of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR), the organization that won rent control in 1979, I urge Santa Monica residents not to sign the initiative. The landlords want us to believe that vacancy decontrol will protect against Ellis Act evictions, but there is no guarantee in their initiative. Rising real estate values will continue to spur Ellis evictions in order to build condominiums.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1986
Recently I sat in on a Senate committee hearing on rent control. As I listened to the horror stories alternating from the line of tenants and the line of landlords I soon realized that what I was hearing was a large cry for help from the landlord to save them from the dictatorship of the majority (the tenants) and at the same time a large cry for help from the tenants to save them from being thrown to the wolves (the landlords) with everything being centered on vacancy decontrol. There should be a compromise available which would be an answer to both of these cries for help.
NEWS
May 2, 1985
Landlords angered over the City Council's stance on rent control continued their protest for a more moderate rent law this week by painting their apartment buildings red. John Parks, a real estate broker and landlord, said nine buildings have been repainted since the protest began on April 23. Parks said that West Hollywood Concerned Citizens, a civic group dominated by landlords, sent out 3,000 postcard appeals this week urging the city's apartment owners to join the paint protest.
OPINION
October 4, 1987
We wholeheartedly agree with the position of Assemblyman Terry Friedman and Attorney Michael Feuer (Op Ed Page, "Rent Control Loopholes Need Closing," Sept. 27) that vacancy decontrol is the most crippling loophole in the Los Angeles rent control ordinance. Vacancy decontrol, a provision allowing landlords unlimited rent increases on vacant apartments, serves to undermine the intent of rent control--the preservation of affordable housing. It is also a tremendous incentive for landlords to evict tenants in order to obtain higher rents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1988
According to Heskin: "The Los Angeles rent-stabilization ordinance is not doing its job and needs to be strengthened." He elaborates by stating capital improvement pass-throughs and vacancy decontrol should be abolished. I am going to make a counterproposal to the professor, but first, a little background. My wife and I own a triplex about a mile from the Silver Lake reservoir in the Silver Lake district. When we bought the property in 1976, two older women had been living in one of the apartments for a number of years.
NEWS
March 23, 1986
Re your report (Times, Jan. 30) that a Santa Monica landlords' organization has collected enough signatures to force a June election on a measure allowing vacancy decontrol, with rent increases to be shared among remaining tenants: This story and the events surrounding it provide us with a political morality play. First, we have the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, who rose to power in 1979 by appealing to voters' pocketbooks. To stay in power they targeted a minority group (apartment owners)
NEWS
May 6, 1990
It was recently reported that landlord groups are planning an initiative campaign in Santa Monica to change the rent control law to allow "vacancy decontrol." As a co-chair of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR), the organization that won rent control in 1979, I urge Santa Monica residents not to sign the initiative. The landlords want us to believe that vacancy decontrol will protect against Ellis Act evictions, but there is no guarantee in their initiative. Rising real estate values will continue to spur Ellis evictions in order to build condominiums.
NEWS
April 22, 1990
These are dramatic and changing times in which we live. Certainly with Gorbachev in the U.S.S.R. talking glasnost and SMRR in the People's Republic of Santa Monica talking in conciliatory tones of vacancy decontrol, times have changed, and there is a new wind blowing. In U.S.S.R., Gorbachev has, for years, been a good party Communist. In Soviet Monica, we now have Jay Johnson, who has worked as a very staunch liberal for years. Jay Johnson is the newly appointed Rent Control Board Commissioner.
NEWS
September 7, 1989
Donna Alvarez' excellent letter (Times, Aug. 27) only begins to address the monumental injustices meted out by the power-mad rent control pols in Santa Monica over the past 10 years. No single letter could possibly cover this bloated bureaucracy's history of hypocrisy, disinformation and venom, or their execrable, vote-getting methods which are basically twofold: (1) appeal to voters' greed (rents in one of the world's prime locations should be a fraction of what they are anyplace else, it's a renter's right!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1989 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of tenants packed the Los Angeles City Council chambers Wednesday as council members passed proposals to tighten the rules on some types of rent increases but did not deal with more substantive changes proposed for the decade-old rent stabilization law. "They're afraid to say where they stand," said a frustrated tenant, Bea Lifshin of Woodland Hills after the three-hour hearing and council debate. Landlords, far outnumbered by renters, expressed displeasure with proposals to further restrict evictions and to limit improvement costs that can be recouped from tenants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1988
Heskin hit the nail on the head when he writes that "the Los Angeles rent-stabilization ordinance is not doing its job and needs to be strengthened." Two recent housing studies, one prepared for the City Council and the other by the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee on Affordable Housing, give a clearer picture as to what tenants are now facing. Rents have gone up 110% in the last eight years; over 300,000 L.A. households are now spending more than 50% of their income on housing; over one-fifth of households in this city are living in overcrowded conditions; 4,000 units with average monthly rents of $350 are being demolished annually; and, one-half of all the city's rent-controlled units have been increased to inflated market levels over the last three years due to vacancy decontrol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1988 | ALLAN DAVID HESKIN, Allan David Heskin, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA, is author of "Tenants and the American Dream." and
The Los Angeles rent-stabilization ordinance is not doing its job and needs to be strengthened. A recent study conducted as part of a review of the ordinance found rents have not been stabilized. Although tenants are doubling up and overcrowding in extraordinary numbers, the percentage of tenants' income paid for rents has been increasing. Two provisions of the ordinance are responsible.
NEWS
May 19, 1994
The Santa Monica political scene continues to adopt many of the same restrictive standards that have hampered our industry long before the Northridge earthquake on Jan. 17. A new regulation of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board took effect May 11. This new facet of the rent law attempts to allow pass-throughs on earthquake-related capital expenditures. Petitions must be filed no later than Jan. 17, 1995, for completed repairs or work to be done. Tenants can file petitions to oppose the owner's repairs for damage relating to the earthquake based on the owner's costs of repairs or if the rent increase imposes a financial hardship for the tenant.
OPINION
October 4, 1987
We wholeheartedly agree with the position of Assemblyman Terry Friedman and Attorney Michael Feuer (Op Ed Page, "Rent Control Loopholes Need Closing," Sept. 27) that vacancy decontrol is the most crippling loophole in the Los Angeles rent control ordinance. Vacancy decontrol, a provision allowing landlords unlimited rent increases on vacant apartments, serves to undermine the intent of rent control--the preservation of affordable housing. It is also a tremendous incentive for landlords to evict tenants in order to obtain higher rents.
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