FROM Howard Fine
The Ellis Act: How to Kick Out Rent Control Tenants While we may have the most expensive rent in the country, we do have rent control rules here in LA for people who live in buildings built before 1979. The owners of those buildings can only raise rent a small percentage each year. But landlords are increasingly using something called The Ellis Act to evict tenants, en masse, from their rent-controlled buildings.
Proposition 23 Dissected Los Angeles businesses are divided over Proposition 23 , a measure that would postpone the implementation of AB 32 , the greenhouse gas law that Governor Schwarzenegger sees as his legacy. Different polls show different results for where it now stands with the voters. Neither Jerry Brown nor Meg Whitman is supporting Prop 23, but Whitman says that, if she’s elected, she’ll postpone AB 32 for a year. Jerry Brown disputes Whitman’s claim that AB 32 would cost jobs in 97% of the economy, saying rather that it will help create new jobs in the developing green economy.
LA's Measure H; Beverly Hills' Measure Q Since 1997, the Los Angeles Unified School District has raised $20 billion, $14 billion from four bond measures and the rest from matching funds. That money is for building new schools and re-building old ones, and there's still $6 billion left. But now, LAUSD has come up with Measure Q , yet another bond issue to raise $7 billion more, as Howard Fine reports for the LA Business Journal. Meantime, in affluent Beverly Hills, the burning issue is a referendum on the City Council's decision to allow the Beverly Hilton Hotel to remake itself into something resembling New York's Waldorf-Astoria, along with two luxury condo towers 16 and 18 stories high. The Beverly Hilton is at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards. Martha Groves covers the lifestyles of Beverly Hills residents, rich, famous and otherwise.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?