Landlord Under Fire for Accidentally CCing Tenants in Email About Being Evicted After Coronavirus

via email : People Magazine – excerpt

A number of appalled residents of a Los Angeles property-management company are firing back at their landlord after Saturn Management accidentally copied all tenants in an insensitive email about rent payment amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Last Tuesday, roughly 300 tenants received a mass email about April’s rent. In the email, Saturn Management expressed that despite Mayor Eric Garcetti’s emergency order strengthening protections for residential tenants in response to coronavirus, residents would still be expected to pay for their housing… (more)

How to Create a Housing Crisis in 12 Easy Steps

By Dick Plakin : citywatchla – excerpt

PLATKIN ON PLANNING-You don’t need to be a lobbyist for the real estate industry to realize that the entire country, especially Los Angeles, is in the midst of a housing crisis.

We can see it for what it is, without using this crisis as a pretext for schemes and scams carved out for real estate investors, such as free up-zones and loopholes to dodge public hearings, L.A’s 1986 Proposition U, and the California Environmental Quality Act. A basic plan-monitoring program would quickly dispel the most preposterous of these ruses, that rolling back zoning laws wondrously solves the housing crisis, drives up transit ridership, and reduces Green House Gas emissions.

The housing crisis presents itself to us in at least four different ways:…

Roots of the Housing Crisis:  The housing crisis did not mysteriously appear one day.  It is the result of at least 12 reversible public policy decisions.

  1. Elimination of HUD (Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development) public housing programs
  2. Termination of HUD-subsidized affordable housing programs,..
  3. Underfunding of Section 8 housing
  4. Dissolving Community Redevelopment Agencies
  5. Freezing the Federal minimum wage at $7.75 per hour
  6. Substituting token affordable housing density bonuses
  7. Restricting Los Angeles’ rent stabilization law…
  8. Spreading data-free narratives
  9. Ignoring the end of raw land in Los Angeles as a leading factor responsible for LA’s reduced middle class housing production
  10. Failing to compile easily accessible housing databases
  11. Slow-walking the formal planning and monitoring processes...
  12. Claiming the market can meet the need for affordable housing

Like climate change, the housing crisis is manmade, and we know who the perpetrators are and what they did… (more)

 

A Judge Considers Stepping in After Encinitas Failed – Again – to Pass a Housing Plan

By Jesse Marx : voiceofsandiego – exerpt

Much of coastal California is opposed to dense development. But opposition in Encinitas has reached unprecedented heights, testing the limits of local control while a statewide housing crisis unfolds.

A San Diego County Superior judge sounded open Tuesday to suspending an Encinitas law giving locals final say over major land-use changes. That law is one reason the city has for years been unable to write a housing plan that satisfies state regulators.

Last week, Encinitas residents rejected Measure U, a ballot measure — the second in two years — that would have allowed officials to update their housing plan for the first time since 1992. California mandates that cities accommodate their fair share of regional housing needs, and that includes making way for more low-income options… (more)

 

 

‘The Oakland we knew is not going to remain’

By MARISA KENDALL : eastbayexpress – excerpt (includes active overview)

Massive building boom tears through city

LEEK NEW CONDOS rise up amid the graffiti-covered warehouses, artist’s studios and homeless encampments of West Oakland. Construction cranes dot the downtown skyline, and scaffolding-shrouded towers march down Broadway into Temescal.

An extraordinary residential building boom is shaking up Oakland, part of a transformation sweeping the Bay Area as market forces and political initiative combine to address the region’s desperate housing crisis.

“The city is being radically reconfigured — the whole Bay Area is,” said urban geography expert and UC Berkeley professor emeritus Richard Walker. “The Oakland we knew is not going to remain.”(more)

Who is causing California’s housing shortage?

Wiener World on your block
If you don’t want Wiener World on your block, learn more about the attempts to remover local community jurisdiction over land use and zoning and the players in Sacramento who are trying to gentrify the state. Attend the April 28th forum on SB 827 and Beyon.

Everyone has a theory about who’s to blame for the housing shortage that’s driving up prices and chasing families out of the region and state.

A new poll offers surprising insights into where most of us point the finger: not at the government officials who control what homes are built where, but at the tech companies and the real estate developers trying to maximize profits.

Experts say finding someone to blame is not that simple. The real answer, they say, lies tangled in a complicated web that implicates everyone involved, from businesses to local elected officials to your next door neighbor. And the stakes are high for policy makers trying to untangle that web as the housing crisis intensifies. To solve the problem, it’s crucial to understand the factors that turned the state’s real estate market into one of the country’s most dysfunctional… (more)

Who do you trust and who do you blame for the sorry state of the state of California? Why are there so many empty units if housing the homeless is a priority? Getting those units filled should be the top goal, not centralized top down planning. Attend the April 28th forum on SB 827 and Beyond.

 

The Academy of Art compliance hearing: We should live so long

by Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

After 20 years, school still violates laws with impunity, pays no fines – and leaves some Planning Commission members stunned

More than 20 years after the Academy of Art University began gobbling up San Francisco real estate and violating planning codes all over the map, the Planning Commission heard today that maybe, sometime the summer, there might be some effort to do something about it.

The commission heard an update from the planning staff about the school’s master plan and an environmental impact report on its development future – and then heard from activists who remain stunned that this situation has gone on as long as it has.

“This has been going on for two decades,” Chris Martin, a waterfront activist, said. “I’m not sure that there has ever been in history a property owner violating the planning code to this extent.”

AAU has blatantly changed the uses of property without the proper zoning or permits, has cannibalized rent-controlled housing stock to the extent of a least 1,000 units and turned it into short-term dorms, and acts as if the laws that every other owner deals with don’t apply.

It’s been so bad that back in 2012, City Attorney Dennis Herrera told the planning director that “you continue to allow the [school] to violate the law without consequence.”

Now, Martin pointed out, the city planners have gone a step further: They have agreed to hold what could be millions of dollars in fine in abeyance as part of a negotiation to encourage AAU to follow the law.

That’s right: The city has told the school that if it finally, years later, fixes some of the problems it’s created, maybe it won’t have to pay the fines it owes…

Scott Sanchez, the zoning administrator, told the commissioners that the fines on just one illegally converted property now total $500,000. But “no penalties have been paid,” he said.

Most property owners who defied the city for this much time would have the City Attorney’s Office moving to collect the money, by placing liens on the property if necessary.

Commissioner Kathrin Moore was visibly frustrated by the department’s report. If the school isn’t accountable for its past violations, she wondered, what will make it behave in the future?

“Painful” as it is to say, she noted, “The EIR will be ignored, penalties will be ignored, housing will be ignored.”…(more)

We should all live so long and be so rich as to see our crimes declared legal.

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