It is that time again, Community Connection time! This edition will highlight the Los Angeles Right to Housing Collective’ response to the May 21, 2010 melee in City Council. We will take you to the Mayor’s Mansion and LA Council President Eric Garcetti’s home where residents let him know “that we shall not be moved!” We will also bring you news from Northern Cali where executives of Amerland Group, headed by Ruben Islas, have been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection to faulty fire systems in one of their affordable housing for seniors projects [search back-issues of the CC and read more about Amerland's failures to adequately serve low-income families and individuals]. These are but a few of the stories that are just a mouse click away, join us as we connect communities locally and abroad.
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It is that time again, Community Connection time! In this edition you will join us as we connect the struggle for human rights at home with those struggles abroad. We will also pick a part the latest attempt by the City Attorney, LAPD, Union Rescue Mission, and Business community as they continue to try an banish poor and Black downtown residents. As always, there is plenty of information for everyone and please send us your thoughts.
[Please click on link below to view Community Connection 36]
On the morning of April 14, 2010 tenants from across Los Angeles crammed into the LA City Council press room waiting anxiously for the press conference to begin. This would not be your usual City Hall pres conference where politicians are surrounded by their staff, lobbyists and the gamut of deep-pocket special interest players that adorn the corridors of City Hall. Instead, you had an eclectic mix of people adorning colorful t-shirts that boldly stated their organizations, mission and communities standing around the podium.
Today would mark the first time in a long while in which everyday Angelenos would be viewed as a priority. Today Councilmember Alarcon would call for a 1-year freeze on rent-increases in rent stabilized units in Los Angeles.
Councilmember Alarcon opened with a story about he and his wife having lunch at El Pollo Loco. A property owner approached him and said hello, to which Alarcon asked if he was faring okay in these tough economic times. The owner responded that the mortgage meltdown was great for business because there was such a demand for rental property and that he could raise his rents at will.
That was the make or break moment for Richard Alarcon.
You could sense the pain of uncertainty as tenants from LA CAN, Union de Vecinos, and Comunidad Presente shared their testimony from the podium. Councilmember Alarcon listened quietly, thoughtfully, as Claudia Gomez tearfully told her story about a family of six forced to live in a one bedroom home. It was clear, given the entirety of her comments, that any increase would mean being forced to choose one life sustaining thing over another.
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Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective organizations involved have included: Los Angeles Housing Preservation Alliance, Coalition LA, Coalition for Economic Survival, Comunidad Presente, Esperanza Community Housing, Inquilinos Unidos, KIWA, LA CAN, LACEH&H, Lamp Community, POWER, SAJE, Union de Vecinos, legal partners, and other supporters
–March 30, 2010
Hundreds of tenants from across Los Angeles converged on L.A. City Hall to demand that policy-makers; 1) make housing for everyone that needs it a priority; 2) respond to the United Nations report which documented human rights violations that exist in L.A.s housing stock; and, 3) hold a public hearing, in the community, at a time that is convenient for a broad range of Angeleno’s.
Tenants, armed with determination, were prepared to stay in City Hall until their demands were met. Sensing that something powerful was underfoot Councilmember Wesson quickly capitulated to their demands. He addressed the crowd after our testimony and agreed to hold an HCED hearing in his district on or near April 15th. Stay tuned for more details.
[click links below to view declaration demands and recommendations]
Photographs By: Nicholas Dahmann