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December 2013

Not Gone and Not Forgotten

This film documents the efforts of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) in 1979 to organize a neighborhood in Los Angeles’ Pico Union against the displacement of renters, homeowners and small businesses to build and expand a Pep Boys Auto Supply Store on the corner of Washington Bl. & Hoover Ave...

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December 2013

CES 2013 Holiday Party

The Coalition for Economic Survival held a successful and fun-filled Holiday Party on December 19, 2013. CES members, supporters and allies joined in the festivities...

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November 2013

Significant CES Tenants' Rights Victory

On November 26, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to extend the Foreclosure Eviction Ordinance protecting tenants living in foreclosed rental properties and not subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) from eviction for another two year.

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HUD Tenants at Villa Yucatan Apts in Pasadena Meet.

November 2013

CES HUD Tenants in Pasadena Organize

CES HUD Tenant Leaders Met at Villa Yucatan Apartments in Pasadena, to discuss building issue concerns and strategize on proposals to present to management regarding maintenance and ways to improve the cleanliness of the building's common areas.


L to R: Ennis Beley, Council President Wesson's Field Deputy Kimani Black, Maritza Roqu

November 2013

CES HUD Tenants Get Award from City of L.A.

CES HUD tenant leaders from Casa Longwood Apts, Ennis Beley & Maritza Roque, received awards from LA Mayor Eric Garcett & City Council President Herb Wesson at the Nov 20th Friends of West Adams Association meeting for their hard work and dedication in serving their community. Council President Wesson's Field Deputy, Kimani Black, was on hand to present the award.

The tenant leaders both played key roles in the creation of the community block club, Friends of West Adams Association, whose mission is to make their neighborhood a safer and better place to live. The association's activities have included calling on the LA Police Department for more area patrols, improving neighborhood street lighting and organizing a community cleanup.


November 2013

CES Continues to Assist Park LaBrea Tenants in Efforts to Secure Safe & Working Elevator

Following up on their successful October 1 forum on the elevator problems where some 200 angry Park La Brea tenants showed up, tenant leaders have been busy at organizing assisted by CES.

Since that meeting tenants established Renters United at Park La Brea (RUPLB) to develop a campaign to ensure there are safe and working elevators.

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November 2013

Rep Maxine Waters Responds to CES Question on Sequestration's Impact on Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Water (D-LA) responds to a question on the impact of Sequestration on housing and low-income Section 8 tenants from Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross at the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Forum at the University of Southern California on November 4, 2013.

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March 2013

HUD Tenant Organizer Training, Arlington, VA 3/15/13

CES/LACATH Tenant Organizers attended a National Alliance of HUD Tenants training in Arlington, VA on March 15, for organizers from 13 groups around the country that received HUD Tenant Resource Network Program grants to outreach, empower and organize tenants to preserve their at-risk HUD subsidized affordable housing. The Los Angeles Center for Affordable Housing (LACATH), a project of CES, is one of the grant recipients.

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March 2013

Lawsuit Filed to Stop L.A. County Court Closures That Will Likely Lead to More Unjust and Illegal Evictions

Los Angeles Superior Court’s closure of 21 of its 26 courtrooms for eviction hearings illegally "shuts the courthouse doors on many of the county’s most vulnerable residents" community organizers claim in a federal lawsuit, which CES is a plaintiff in.

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March 2013

CES Organizing HUD Tenants to Save Their Homes

CES Organizers Meeting With Tenants Living in a Koreatown Area At-Risk HUD Subsidized Housing, Advising Them on Their Rights & Steps They Need to Take to Preserve Their Affordable Housing. The Meeting Was Held in Spanish, Korean & English With 2/3 of the Tenants in the Building Attending.

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December 2012 / January 2013

CES Provides Cirque du Soleil Performers With Tenants' Rights Info as Show Closes and Jobs Are Lost

At the time many people are preparing to enjoy the holidays, the magnificently talented performers of Cirque du Soleil's show "Iris" are unfortunately facing the loss of their jobs. It was recently and unexpectedly announced that the show would be closing on January 19, 2013.

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December 2012

L.A. City Council Approves Law That Mirrors and Ensures Enforcement of New State Law Prohibiting Rent Only Online Demands by Landlords

The L.A. City Council unanimously voted on December 14, 2012 in support of an ordinance introduced by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, in response to CES’ urging, to prohibit landlords from demanding that their tenants pay their rent only online.

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December 2012

Crucial Tenant Foreclosure Eviction Protections WON!

CES Applauds LA City Council's Extension of Tenant Eviction Protections to Non-Rent Controlled Foreclosed Properties

On December 11, 2012, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to extend the City's Foreclosure Eviction Ordinance to protect tenants living in rental properties not subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) from eviction on the grounds of foreclosure for another year. This Ordinance prohibits lenders from evicting any tenants in the City merely because of foreclosure on their landlords. Tenants living in rent controlled units have had these protections.

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August 2012

Bill to Prohibit Landlords From Demanding that Tenants Pay Rent Only Online Passes California Legislature

Tenants in California are on the verge of a tremendous victory in securing important rights.

Earlier this year, after reading the Coalition for Economic Survival's E-Newsletters regarding CES' efforts to organize tenants in 34 apartment complexes owned by Jones and Jones Management Company throughout Los Angeles to oppose their landlords demands for their rent to only be paid online, California State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) responded by taking decisive action against this abuse.

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July 2012

CES Action Helps Obtain Public Utilities Commission Directive to Calif Private Utilities & Their Contractors 'Use Lead-Based Paint Safe Work Practices!'

In January of this year, Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) Executive Director Larry Gross was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission's (PUC) Low Income Oversight Board (LIOB). The LIOB advises the Commission on low-income electric, gas and water customer issues and to serve as a liaison for the Commission to low-income ratepayers and representatives.

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April 2012

CES Joins Walmart Workers & Supporters at Rally Demanding Justice at South L.A. Walmart

Various labor unions and community groups, including CES, demonstrated outside a Walmart store at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South Los Angeles to demand higher wages, guaranteed health insurance and Walmart's promise that it will invest profits in communities. The rally, sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Warehouse Workers United took place on Thursday, April 19. 2012.

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April 2012

CES Participates in Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair at Cal State Dominguez Hills

CES tenant leaders Faviola Ruiz & Saul Ruiz staff a table with information on CES' healthy homes, childhood lead poisoning prevention and tenants' rights work at Cal State University Dominguez Hills 4th Annual Labor, Social and Environment Justice Fair held on April 19, 2012. Over 50 community and labor group participated in the event whose theme was "Together We Are Unstoppable...Another World is Possible."


April 2012

L.A. City Council Housing Committee Unanimously Votes for Motion to Prohibit Rent Only Online Demands by Landlords

The L.A. City Council's Housing, Community Economic and Development (HCED) Committee unanimously voted on April 16, 2012 in support of a motion by Councilmember Paul Krekorian and seconded by Council Member Dennis Zine to prohibit landlords from demanding that their tenants pay their rent only online.

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March 2012

Lawsuit Filed to Block Illegal
Landlord Rent Online Only Policy

On March 6, 2012, the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) organized a news conference to announce that a lawsuit has been filed the day before in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Jones and Jones Property Management Company on behalf of tenants who are illegally being required to pay their rent only online.

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February 2012

How Maturing Subsidized Mortgages Threaten
Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

A Report on At-Risk Affordable Housing in Los Angeles
by Public Counsel and the Coalition for Economic Survival

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February 2012

Crucial State Tenants' Rights Bill Introduced in Response to CES' Efforts
State Senator Ted Lieu Introduces Bill to Block Rent Online Only Landlord Scheme

After reading CES' E-Newsletters regarding our efforts to organize tenants in 34 apartment complexes owned by Jones and Jone Management Company throughout L.A. to oppose their landlords demands for their rent to only be paid online, California State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) responded by taking decisive action against this abuse.

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December 2011

Crucial Tenant Protections for Foreclosure Evictions WON!
CES Applauds LA City Council's Extention of Eviction Protections to Tenants Living in Non-Rent Controlled Foreclosed Properties

On December 6, 2011, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to extend the City's Foreclosure Eviction Ordinance to protect tenants Living in rental properties not subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) from eviction on the grounds of foreclosure for another year. This Ordinance prohibits lenders from evicting any tenants in the City merely because of foreclosure on their landlords. Tenants living in rent controlled units have had these protections.

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October 2011

L.A. City Council Denies
Justice & Equity for Tenants

LA Council Members Parks, Perry, Cardenas, Wesson, Rosendahl, Krekorian, Englander and Zine Vote to Continue to Burden Renters With the Full and Increased Housing Code Enforcement Fees

The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday, October 21, 2011 to increase rent control and code enforcement fees.

More importantly the Council voted down, 8 to 5, a proposal by Council Members Richard Alarcón and Ed Reyes to evenly divide the code enforcement fee to alleviate the financial burden on tenants who, for the most part, can least afford to pay the full and increased fee.

While tenants groups were not opposed to the fee increases, which will prevent a deficit and enable the Housing Department to maintain its current operations and services, they were opposed to the inequity in who pays the Systematic Code Enforcement Programs (SCEP) fee. Currently, landlords can pass on the full SCEP fee to tenants. The tenant groups were urging that the SCEP fee be split 50/50 between landlords and tenants similar to the Rental Unit Registration fee, which was reflected in the Alarcón/Reyes proposal.

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(Left to right) Council Members Jan Perry, Ed Reyes, Tony Cardenas, Herb Wesson

October 2011

L.A. City Council Committee Refuses
to Support Equity for Tenants
in Code Enforcement Fees

The Los Angeles City Council Housing Community Economic and Development (HCED) Committee held hearing Wednesday, October 12, 2011 to discuss a proposal from the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) to increase rent control and code enforcement fees.

The hearing room was packed with tenants and landlords and their representatives who testified on the proposal.

While tenants groups were not opposed to the fee increase, which will help continue the crucial operations of the Housing Department, they were opposed to the inequity in who pays the SCEP fees. Currently, landlords can pass on the full SCEP fee to tenants. The tenant groups were urging that the SCEP fee be split 50/50 between landlords and tenants similar to the Rental Unit Registration fee.

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(Left to right) CES Tenant Organizer Joel Montano, Westminster Villa tenants Triana Williams, Ann Williams, and Aderemilekun Adewole.

August 2011

Venice HUD Tenants Ask for Their Council Member’s Support to Save Their Homes

A delegation of tenants living in the 12-unit Westminster Villa HUD subsidized apartment building in Venice meet with the staff of Los Angeles Council Member Bill Rosendahl to ask for their representative’s support in helping to preserve their affordable housing.

The owner of their building is attempting to illegally ‘opt-out’ of a project-based Section 8 rent subsidy control by not providing the require notices under state law.

Tenants came away from the August 25, 2011 meeting optimistic having achieved their meeting goals.


August 2011

CES Supports Striking Verizon Workers

On August 18, 2001, loud and determined chants filled the intersection of Wilshire Blvd and Western Ave. in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

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July 2011

CES Puts a Face to the Most Impacted
Victims if the Debt Ceiling is Not Raised at
U.S. Conference of Mayors News Conference

As the weeks turn into days, and the days turn into hours, the clock continues to count down on what could be world wide economic Armageddon.

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July 2011

Hyatt West Hollywood Protest in Support of
Hotel Workers Fight for Justice

On Thursday, July 21, enthusiastic members and supporters (including Coalition for Economic Survival members) of UNITE HERE Local 11 gathered on the famous Sunset Strip outside of the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood to show support for Hyatt workers, particularly the housekeepers.

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April 2011

CES Supports April 4: National Day of Solidarity with Wisconsin and a Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Tuesday evening, April 4, 2011, some 2,300 people from organized labor and its supporters jammed First A.M.E. Church in a National Day of Solidarity with Wisconsin on the 43rd anniversary day marking the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis.

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March 2011

CES Supports LA Union March & Rally For
Good Jobs & Solidarity With Wisconsin

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, organized labor and supporters took to the streets of Los Angeles. Some 10,000 union members and supporters gathered in Downtown for the "Our Communities, Our Good Jobs" labor march and rally.

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October 2010

CES Helps Organize West Hollywood
Meeting
to Support Hyatt Hotel Boycott

In an effort to build community awareness and solicit community support, the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) together with UNITE-HERE Local 11 and Stonewall Young Democrats, held a community meeting in West Hollywood to discuss the recently called boycott of Hyatt Hotels, particularly the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood on the famed Sunset Strip.

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October 2010

Developing the War Against Bed Bugs:
Educate, Organize & Eradicate in Using Safe & Non-Toxic Measures

They're in the news almost every day. They’re bed bugs and the infestation of these nasty pests are growing from one end of the country to the other.

The issue lies in the fact that they're easily spread through travel and can be transported home in suitcases, backpacks, computer bags and other personal belongings...

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October 2010

CES Debates Rent Control Changes at Park La Brea Forum

On the evening of October 13, 2010 tenants residing at the mammoth Park La Brea Apartment complex streamed in its activities auditorium to hear a discussion regarding proposed changes to L.A.'s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Park La Brea, located in L.A.'s mid-Wilshire district, is the largest apartment complex west of the Mississippi River, housing some 10,000 people in 4,200 rental units.

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July 2010

CES Tenants Take Action To Force
Landlord to Eradicate Bed Bugs

On July 27, 2010 representatives of Los Angeles 10th District Council Member Herb Wesson, visited CES tenant leaders at Park Norton Apartments in the Arlington Heights area of Los Angeles.  

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July 2010

CES Lends Support to Hyatt Workers UNITE-HERE Local 11 Fighting for Economic Justice at the Andaz West Hollywood Hyatt Hotel Protest

On July 22, 2010, hundreds of unionized hotel workers seeking a new contract and protesting staff cuts and working conditions staged a sit-in in front of the Andaz West Hollywood Hyatt Hotel, closing down the famed Sunset Strip.  Read more here...


May 2010

LA City Council Votes Down Rent Freeze Proposal
Garcetti, Rosendahl Change Votes, Protest Erupts & Turns Into Melee As Police Called In, Tenants Are Hurt & 3 Are Arrested

It was a sad day for the City of Los Angeles on May 22, as the LA City Council essentially provided tenants with a 3% rent increase notice. What was just as sad was the manner in which this decision was made and the events that followed.  Read more here...


May 2010

TENANTS WIN RENT FREEZE!
But Victory is Incomplete As City Council Votes To Deny Freeze to Tenants in Building With 5 Units or Less!

Tenants and supporters from various tenants' rights organizations and labor unions packed Los Angeles City Hall last week, in support of a motion by City Council Member Richard Alarcón to freeze rents for 4 months with a possible 2 months extension to enable the City Council to finish its work of possibly making long-term changes to the city's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). The Council voted 8 to 6 to support the freeze, but ended up including amendments that weakened its impact.

The amendment from Councilmember Janice Hahn, seconded by Councilmember Paul Koretz, excludes buildings with five units or less from this suspension.  The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) and allied tenant groups, as well as Councilmember Alarcón oppose the Hahn/Koretz motion, as it potentially unjustly excludes hundreds of thousands of renters.  Thus, the amendment would exempt all buildings with 5 units or less, from the rent freeze. The exemption would not be limited to mom and pop owners, which was the Council's voiced intent, but would extend to large wealthy landlords who own multiple buildings with 5 units or less, as well as to banks who have foreclosed and now own many buildings in LA with 5 units and less. The need for the freeze is because RSO tenants face a 3% rent increase on July 1st under the existing ordinance. While increases are based on the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), which is a negative .62%, the increases will be allowed because the RSO has a 3% rent increase floor guaranteeing landlords this amount even though the increase is not in any way justified. If the 3% floor did not exist rent increase would be zero, based on the CPI The freeze is needed to give the Council more time to fix this and other inequities in the law.    Read more here...


April 2010

LA Council Member Richard Alarcón Introduces Motion to Freeze Rent Increases for One Year

Recognizing the slow response from the LA City Council to act on recommendations to strengthen the City's Rent Control law, Council Member Richard Alarcón, with the full support of CES...

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April 2010

Tenant Groups Demand that the LA City Council Adopt Human Right to Housing Policy

Hundreds of tenants streamed in, filling the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center to overflow capacity, as a special meeting of the LA City Council Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee was held...

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December 2009

CES Holiday Party 2009
A Good Time Celebrating Had By All

A great time was had by one and all at the Coalition for Economic Survival Holiday Party, held on December 17, 2009 with the Healthy Homes Collaborative. CES is a member of the Healthy Homes Collaborative.

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November 2009

Happy Birthday West Hollywood!
Coalition for Economic Survival, the Group
That Led the Cityhood Drive, Congratulates
the City Built on Rent Control

Twenty-five years ago members of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) rejoiced after a 7-year campaign to secure tenants' rights and preserve affordable housing in the then 1.9 square mile LA County unincorporated area of West Hollywood.

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November 2009

CES In Action!
United Nations Investigates Affordable Housing Crisis in LA and Across US

The severe impact of the US housing crisis on low- and moderate-income people has become so great that even the United Nations decided the situation has warranted an investigation. As a result, the UN dispatched a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik, on a multi-US city fact-finding mission.

CES, together with our tenants’ rights and affordable housing organizational allies, participated in a number of events hosting Ms. Rolnik, which included a Town Hall meeting and a site visit tour of Los Angeles to view slum housing, subsidized housing, skid row, gentrifying communities and non-profit affordable housing.

CES tenant leaders welcomed Ms. Rolnik at their South LA HUD subsidized housing complex where they spoke about the difficulty in obtaining needed repairs, the constant harassment from management in an effort to make them move, and how they have been fighting to stop the owners' attempt to remove the complex from the federal rent subsidy program.  Read more here...


October 2009

Victory for Tenants & Affordable Housing
104-Unit Rent Controlled Apartment
Complex Denied Condo Conversion Approval

On October 13, 2009, the LA City Council unanimously voted to uphold the recommendation to deny a condominium conversion application of a 104-unit rent controlled apartment complex in Sherman Oaks.

The City Council vote marked the end of another chapter in an over decade-old fight with four different landlords to stop tenants from being displaced, and to prevent this affordable housing from being lost.

During this time, the tenants fought and won other landlords' attempts to evict them and/or raise their rents.

Finally, the tenants are able to celebrate. But, they know their landlord is unlikely to give up and the fight to save their homes will continue.  Read more here...


October 2009

CES Victory!!!

U.S. Court of Appeals Protects Section 8 Tenants

The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) scored a major tenants' rights victory when the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled in BARRIENTOS v. 1801-1825 MORTON LLC, that Los Angeles' rent control law is not preempted by federal laws or regulations.  Read more here...


September 2009

CES ACTION ALERT!

Calif Assembly Passed Bill to Make 60 Day Eviction Notice Permanent

Tenants scored a major victory on the Assembly Floor late Thursday, as 44 Democrats voted to send SB 290 to the Governor's desk, to make permanent existing law that requires landlords to give tenants 60 days' notice...Read more here...


July 2009

CES Issues Healthy Homes Report & Recommendations to Address Sub-Standard Housing Conditions

The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) conducted a two-year campaign (February 2007 – May 2009) entitled the Healthy Household Environmental Actions for Tenants (HHEAT), which was funded by The California Endowment. This effort had the dual goal of organizing tenants in high-risk housing to ensure proper eradication of health hazards in their homes without losing their housing through landlord harassment or eviction; and to generate the necessary data and develop tenant leadership to advocate for improving local systems.  Read more here...


June 2009

New Eviction Protections Won
Loopholes Allowing Landlord to Unjustly Evict Tenants Closed

On June 9, 2009 the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted in favor of finalizing an ordinance that will provide tenants more eviction protections.  Read more here...


June 2009

Save Your City Web Site Set Up to Fight State Budget Cuts

The League of California Cities, who CES worked closely with to defeat Proposition 98 (the statewide anti-rent control measure) last year, has launched a website to heighten awareness and generate media interest on the damaging effects to vital city services, if the state takes city dollars to balance the California budget.  Read more here...


June 2009

Lead Hazard Remediation Won For Tenants in East Hollywood Building

June 10, 2009— CES achieved a victory in securing safe, lead-free housing this month, as the City of Los Angeles Housing Department’s Lead Hazard Remediation Program (LHRP) has approved the application for a building on Grace Street in East Hollywood to receive a sizeable lead grant for lead component removal.  Read more here...


May 2009

California Assembly Member Dave Jones Visits Building and Discusses Housing Code Violations with CES Tenant Leaders

Assembly Member Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) spent the morning of May 29, 2009 discussing the problems Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) tenants leaders were facing at their building.  The building, located in LA’s Beverly/Normandie area, has been plagued with numerous housing code violations and has been in the city’s Rent Escrow Account Program.  Read more here...


March 2009

Congressional Hearings Held in Los Angeles to Address the Area’s Housing Crisis

On a beautiful sunny Los Angeles spring day, hundreds of people packed the Los Angeles Southwest College gymnasium on Saturday, March 28, 2009, to hear about the gloomy forecast tenants and homeowners face.  Read more here...


March 2009

Wide Support Provided for Efforts to Preserve Affordable Housing Threatened by Church’s Intent to Build a Parking Lot

Dressed in bright yellow t-shirts with a large letter and standing in formation that spelled out the demand “Save Our Homes,” members of the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Association (KIWA), supported by the Coalition for Economic Survival and numerous other community groups, participated in another protest of the Oriental Mission Church’s demolition of 40 rent controlled housing units which displaced 38 families in order to build a parking lot.  Read more here...

 

March 2009

Persistent Tenants Score Another Victory in Long-Term Fight to Preserve Their Homes

Yet, another victory was recently achieved when a large condominium conversion was turned down in the San Fernando Valley resulting in tenants saving their homes and affordable housing being preserved.  Read more here...


March 2009

Panorama City Condo Conversion Rejected By LA City Council In Spite of High Powered Lobbyist Support

CES scored another victory when the Los Angeles City Council, at its March 4, 2009 meeting, unanimously voted to deny a developer’s appeal and upheld a Planning Department recommendation to deny the condominium conversion of a 30 unit rent controlled apartment building in the Panorama City area of the San Fernando Valley.

This appeared to be another example of a high-powered lobbyist and his developer client trying to trample on tenants’ right and rough ride over city processes and regulations.  Read more here...

 


March 2009

U.S. Court of Appeals Hears Major Tenants Rights Case Brought on Behalf of CES HUD Tenants

On March 2, 2009, the right of many L.A. HUD Subsidized tenants to be able to remain in their affordable housing was argued before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The tenants live at the Morton Garden apartments, a 66- unit building which is situated just over a hill from Dodger Stadium in Echo Park.  Read more here...


February 2009

Evictions and Housing Demolitions Protested in Koreatown

The Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), with support of the Coalition for Economic Survival and other community allies, gathered on the steps of an apartment building on February 19, to protest the demolition and conversion of the building to a parking lot by Oriental Mission Church and to call for the preservation of affordable housing in Koreatown.  Read more here...


February 2009

Tenants Oppose Proposal to Allow Easier Evictions for Landlords

Under the guise of expressing concern for the safety of tenants threatened by illegal drug-related activity, LA City Council Member Bernard Parks, who’s known as the point person for landlord groups on the City Council, authored a motion calling for the weakening of existing eviction protections that require landlords to list tenant witnesses when evicting for drug activities and other nuisance issues.  Read more here...


December 2008. 

CES Invited to Los Angeles Mayor Signing of Foreclosure Tenant Eviction Protection Law

On December 19, CES attended a signing ceremony with Mayor Antonio Villaragoisa and tenant advocates for the Foreclosure Ordinance extending rent control eviction protection throughout Los Angeles.  Read more here...


December 2008. 

Celebrating Two Major Tenants' Rights Victories at City Hall

At LA City Hall, LA City Council President Eric Garcetti joins with CES Tenant Leaders Ana Maria Valencia (left) and Rosa Hilda Archila (right) to celebrate new approved protections for tenants facing "Good Faith" evictions and living in foreclosed rental properties immediately following the City Council's unanimous vote on December 17, 2008.


(left to right) CES Tenant Organizer Felipa Soto, L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, CES Tenant Organizer Sua Iris Hernandez after a news conference held on December 15, 2008, announcing the free holiday toy testing and exchange event throughout the city sponsored by the L.A. City Attorney's Office.

December 2008.

Free Holiday Toy Testing & Exchange Event to Protect Children From Dangerous Lead Toys

The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) worked with the City Attorney's office and other allied Healthy Homes Collaborative organizations to address unsafe toys that have lead in them. A one day free toy testing and exchange event was held on Saturday, December 20 four different location throughout the City of Los Angelels. CES and other Healthy Homes Collaborative groups helped to publicize the event and increase participation, as well as helping to staff the testing location. This was important opportunity to help ensure that the toys kids receive during the holidays are safe and does not contain dangerous lead levels.


December 2008.  On December 4, 2008, CES tenant leaders from a building on Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake met with City Council President Eric Garcetti's Field Deputy Ryan Carpio and Caseworker Arsen Melikyan to solicit their assistance regarding the conditions at their building.  Read more here...

September 2007.

CES Section 8 Tenants Facing Displacement Seek Their City Council Member's Help

About a dozen Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) members, who are tenants receiving Section 8 rent subsidy vouchers at a 40-unit complex on Montclair Street in Jefferson Park neighborhood of LA, met with their City Council Member, Herb Wesson in September, 2007.  Read more here...


June 2004.  CES tenant leaders participate in a protest outside the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. The action was protesting the Bush Administration's severe cuts to the nation's affordable housing and rent subsidy programs. The demonstration was sponsored by the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT), which CES is affiliated with. It was part of the activities of NAHT's annual Save Our Homes Conferences attended by hundreds of HUD tenants from throughout the nation.
June 2004.  CES members and other tenant leaders from across the nation speak out against cuts to the Section 8 rent subsidy program and other affordable housing funding outside HUD Headquarters.
June 2004.  CES members, who are leaders of the Hollywood West Apartments Tenant Action Committee, a complex owned and controlled by HUD tenants, join the protest outside HUD Headquarters.

May 2004.  Gilbert Lindsay Manor Tenant Association President Pastor Joyce Chapman, a key CES tenant leader, questions HUD officials at a HUD Tenants' Eyes and Ears meeting, held in conjunction with the Annual Housing California Conference in Sacramento.
May 2004.  CES tenant leader Cora Parks, a resident in a HUD subsidized building, Holiday 101A Apartments, located in South Los Angeles, confronts HUD officials at a HUD Tenants' Eyes and Ears meeting, held in conjunction with the Annual Housing California Conference in Sacramento.

May 12, 2004.  The L.A. City Council unanimously voted to increase relocation assistance to tenants covered by the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance facing 'no fault' evictions.  This is a tremendous victory for tenants and tenant advocates. Approximately 30 CES tenant activist member attended the Council meeting.
 
The ordinance was proposed by Councilmember Eric Garcetti. The increase for "qualified" households (seniors, disabled and those with dependent children) goes to $8,000 from $5,000 and $3,200 from $2,000 for other households.
 
CES was last successful in securing a relocation assistance increase was in 1987.
 
At that time, the City Council assured CES and tenant activist that it would look at the amounts three years after for the purpose of adjusting the amounts based on the impact of inflation.
 
Sixteen years after the last increase and 13 years after the Council was to look at adjusting the amounts again, relocation assistance amounts were increased.
 
Just another example of the wheels of government moving slowly. Nevertheless, this is a great victory for tenants that brings us a little bit closer to securing just compensation for displaced tenants.

January 22, 2004.  CES Executive Director Larry Gross gives a presentation to housing Deputy staff of Los Angeles City Council Members on issues pertaining to the preservation of private and HUD subsidized affordable housing.

The session was organized by Call to Action, an alliance of 45 tenant rights, affordable housing, homeless and legal aid advocacy group in the L.A. area, which CES is a member of.

Other issues presented by other Call to Action members included urging positions to enhance and protect rent control, public housing, the city’s Housing Trust Fund and residential hotel housing.


January 2004.  CES member contingent marches in support of striking grocery store workers. The protest held on January 31, 2004 in Inglewood, brought out 20,000 people in support of the workers.

October 23, 2003.  CES Tenant Organizers describes lead paint hazards and code violations at an Echo Park building CES is organizing to advocates participating on a bus tour organized by the Healthy Homes Collaborative.

June 22, 2003.  Former CES HUD Tenant Outreach and Organizing Coordinator Franklin Campos explains HUD's Mark to Market program, together with former CES Tenant Organizer Yuisa Gimeno at a workshop they conducted by the annual conference of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT).

 

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