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Yesterday, the State Supreme Court called California's affordable housing shortage a crisis "of epic proportions." At the same time, a state law allows landlords to evict long-term tenants when changes are made in rent-controlled living accommodations. Elderly, poor and disabled people can find themselves out on the street. San Francisco officials challenged the real estate lobby in Sacramento and worked some changes. Could LA do the same?

Also, by staying away from the "bully pulpit," is Mayor Eric Garcetti avoiding a test of his leadership?

Photo: John Benson

Producers:
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

LA's Housing Shortage Pits Tenants against Their Landlords 16 MIN, 51 SEC

Los Angeles is the least affordable housing market in the United States, according to authorities at UCLA. City Council members are calling a state law part of the problem. The Ellis Act allows property owners to evict long-time tenants from rent-controlled units — even if they're elderly, poor, disabled or military veterans. San Francisco officials challenged the real estate lobby in Sacramento and worked some changes. Could LA do the same?

Guests:
Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic Survival (@la_ces)
Beverly Kenworthy, California Apartment Association (@caanet)
Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic (@BeyondChron)

More:
California Housing Finance Agency

Mayor Garcetti Facing Heat over His Schedule 8 MIN, 21 SEC

When protesters against the LAPD's killing of a mentally ill black man gathered outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's Hancock Park mansion, he went out the back door. They caught up with him when he got to his car, demanding that he address the issue. He rolled down the window and said he was catching a plane to Washington, DC to help the city find money. It turned out that Garcetti's visit to Washington wasn't all about city business, as we hear from Peter Jamison, who covers the Mayor for the LA Times.

Guests:
Peter Jamison, Los Angeles Times (@petejamison)

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