Stop breaking tenants’ hearts, Herb
On February 14, 2011, the Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective stopped by L.A. City Councilman Herb Wesson’s Campaign Office to deliver a Valentine and demand that he move forward with the community’s recommendations to reform rent control in L.A.
With another budget crisis looming and more City employees and other workers losing jobs and hours, the issue of affordable rent is even more critical. As Chair of the City Council’s Housing Committee, Wesson has put these urgent reforms on hold for months, as he prepares for the March election – putting politics over people’s lives and homes.
Tenants have been fighting for rent control reform for two years, since the City released a $1 million study showing that landlords benefit more than tenants under the current Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
Last Spring, after failing to enact a temporary rent freeze in the midst of an economic and housing crisis, the City Council ordered the Housing, Community and Economic Development committee to prepare comprehensive reforms to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Councilmember Wesson, as Chair of this committee, has refused to act.