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The Los Angeles City Council wants to raise relocation rates for renters kicked out to make room for condos.  Will that create a bureaucratic nightmare or slow the destruction of affordable neighborhoods where there’s not enough housing?

Producers:
Dan Konecky
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Condo Conversions and Relocation Fees

LA's population growth has outstripped affordable housing, even for the middle class. The owners of rent-controlled apartments are limited to increases of 4% every year.  So, many convert their buildings--or tear them down--to replace apartments with condos, which bring in a lot more money.  Currently, tenants get relocation fees of $3500, $8500 if they're over 62, disabled or have minor dependent children. Yesterday, in chambers packed with tenants, landlords and developers, a majority of the Los Angeles City Council raised those fees and adopted a sliding scale, based in part on the tenant's income.  The majority wasn't big enough to pass what the city's own planning director calls a mess in the making, so another vote will be taken next week.  We join housing advocates and organizers, developers and city planners for an exploration of a dispute that dramatizes one of LA's most difficult problems, the shortage of affordable housing.

Guests:
Gail Goldberg, Director of Planning for the City of Los Angeles
Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic Survival (@la_ces)
Marx Gutierrez, Community organizer for the LA Alliance for a New Economy
Kate Bartolo, Kor Group

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