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June 2016

Evicted: How The 1985 Ellis Act Can Be Used To Kick You Out Of Your Rent Controlled Apartment

CES on KCRW Regarding the Ellis Act: "The law has been totally corrupted," says LA housing advocate Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival "It's being used by big developers who are purchasing for the sole purpose of evicting the tenants and converting those buildings to high price housing."

Read more and listen to the audio here...


June 2016

CES Executive Director Larry Gross on KCRW's Press Play On AirBnB And Its Threat to Affordable Housing

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross appeared on KCRW's Press Play on June 24, 2016.

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April 2016

What It Will Take To Earthquake-Proof L.A.'s Most Vulnerable Apartment Buildings

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross appeared on KCRW on April 25, 2016.

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April 2016

CES Executive Director Larry Gross on KABC's McIntyre In The Morning

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross appeared on KABC 790 am radio to discuss Los Angeles' new Seismic Retrofit law and it's impact on tenants and rent controlled units on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Read more and listen to the audio here...


December 2015

Former Tenants Sue Landlord They Claim Kicked Them To The Curb To Profit From Pricey Airbnb

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Some longtime tenants say they were forced out of their apartments so the landlord could turn the property into a more lucrative Airbnb.

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November 2015

CES at Renter's Rights Forum on Channel 62 News

Coalition for Economic Survival Director of Organizing Carlos Aguilar and Council District 1 District Director Conrado Terrazas Interviewed on the Spanish-Speaking Channel 62 News at LA City Council Member Gilbert Cedillo's Nov 18th Renter's Rights Forum held at Highland Park's Franklin High School.

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October 2015

CES Ex Dir Larry Gross on KNX News Radio on New Earthquake Retrofit Mandate

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross was interviewed on KNX 1070 NewsRadio in response to the Los Angeles City Council vote on October 9, 2015 approving the earthquake retrofit mandate.

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October 2015

LA's Earthquake Retrofitting Law: Cost Worrying Renters, Landlords

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday passed a new law that will require mandatory retrofitting for more than 15,000 buildings.

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October 2015

KTTV Report: Housing Impacted by the New Quake Retrofit Laws

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross provides KTTV FOX 11 News with examples of the rent controlled buildings that will be impacted by the new City of LA Earthquake Retrofit Mandate law.

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October 2015

Los Angeles Orders Quake Retrofit for Many Older Buildings

LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of older wood and concrete apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake would get costly upgrades under sweeping retrofitting rules passed Friday by the Los Angeles City Council.

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October 2015

Polémica en L.A. por Nueva Ley Sobre Temblores

Autoridades de la ciudad de Los Ángeles aprueban una de las leyes más estrictas en Estados Unidos sobre seguridad y terremotos, pero ya hay quejas por posibles aumentos de renta. Aquí detalles al respecto

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October 2015

LA City Council Approves Seismic Retrofitting Measure

Thousands of buildings across Los Angeles must be beefed up to better resist collapsing during a major earthquake, under a long-awaited ordinance passed Friday by the City Council and quickly signed into law by the mayor.

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October 2015

Who Should Pay to Make Apartments "Earthquake Safe?"

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross appeared on KCRW's "Which Way LA?" on October 07, 2015.

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September 2015

KTTV Report: Historic, Affordable Bungalows Saved from Wrecking Ball

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross said, "This whole situation is blowing up all over the City as far as people being evicted and rent control housing being destroyed."

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September 2015

Who Should Pay for Earthquake Retrofitting — Tenants or Landlords?

KNX Newsradio’s David J. Singer talks with Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross on the impact this could have on tenants.

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September 2015

Debating Whether Landlords and Tenants Share the Cost of Apartment Retrofits

A new proposal at L.A. City Hall says the cost of retrofitting buildings vulnerable to earthquakes should be a shared financial burden of tenants and property owners.

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September 2015

Who Pays for Earthquake Retrofits? Landlords, Tenants and Taxpayers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Supporters of a bill to give tax credits to landlords for earthquake retrofitting are hoping for a vote in the California State Senate before the legislative session ends on Friday.

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September 2015

LA's School District Is Building... Housing?

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross appeared on KCRW's "Which Way LA?" on September 03, 2015. Twenty percent of LA families spend more than half their income on rent.

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August 2015

LA's High Rents, Evictions Spurring Interest In Citywide Tenants Union

The buzz of voices fill a community center in Hollywood, as dozens of people slide into folding chairs. They include artists, teachers, designers, and they're from all over the city: Los Feliz, Echo Park, Mid-City and Boyle Heights.

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July 2015

Landlord Group Brainstorms Ways To Pass Water Bill To Tenants

A Los Angeles landlord group that's been trying to get tenants in rent-stabilized units to pay their own water bills has been thwarted at every turn by City Hall.

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June 2015

Chairman of California Housing Finance Agency Ousted Amid Controversy Over Mass Evictions

California Housing Finance Agency chair, Matthew Jacobs, steps down after tenants' rights activist groups reveal his use of the controversial California Ellis Act to execute mass evictions.

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June 2015

Nightmare Rent Increases Are Frustrating, But Legal

Some neighbors in a La Crescenta community are learning first-hand how vulnerable some Southern California tenants are to sudden, pricey rent hikes.

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June 2015

The Ellis Act, Evictions and Affordable Housing

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross appeared on KCRW's "Which Way LA?" on June 16, 2015.

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May 2015

Tenants Protest Evictions in Front of State Housing Chair's Home

Renters who are being evicted from a Beverly Grove apartment held a protest on Wednesday in front of the home of their landlord — a man who also happens to be chairman of California's Housing and Finance Agency.

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May 2015

CES Executive Director Interviewed on
KCAL 9 Offers Support to Section 8 Tenants Facing Eviction

The Coalition for Economic Survival and other community supporters rallied around tenants living at 1625 Crenshaw Bl today who are facing evictions due to the fact that their building is not covered by rent control. CES Executive Director, Larry Gross, was interviewed on KCAL 9.

Read more and watch the video here...


May 2015

CES Executive Director Interviewed on
NBC 4 LA Supports Section 8 Tenants Facing Eviction

On NBC 4 Los Angeles News, the Coalition for Economic Survival and other community supporters rallied around tenants living at 1625 Crenshaw Bl today who are facing evictions due to the fact that their building is not covered by rent control.

Read more and watch the video here...


April 2015

Ellis Act Evictions In L.A. On The Rise

Evictions in Los Angeles through the Ellis Act rose 235 percent, according to recent figures from the LA Housing and Community Investment Department.

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April 2015

Landlord Association In LA Wants Tenants To Foot The Bill For Water Use

The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, a local group that represents landlords, is lobbying Mayor Eric Garcetti to back a proposal that calls for renters to pay for their water use, in exchange for slightly-reduced rents. The proposal would only impact rent-controlled buildings in Los Angeles.

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December 2014

Downtown Fire: Is Developer Geoffrey Palmer Destroying Downtown Or A Hero?

Geoffrey Palmer, the wealthy developer of the seven-story apartment complex that burned to the ground in a massive fire early Monday morning, has been a controversial and even reviled figure in Los Angeles. The popular real estate blog Curbed LA recently called him "the man destroying downtown L.A."

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November 2014

CES Executive Director Discusses Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Housing Plan

David Cruz, host of KEIB radio's the David Cruz Show, interviews Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross on CES' response to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Housing Plan for Los Angeles, announced at the Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit at UCLA on October 29, 2014.

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October 2014

Garcetti Announces Goals - On Ending LA's Housing Crisis

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti this week highlighted policies he said would improve housing affordability in the nation's least affordable housing market - though he was mum how to implement them or what his timeline would be.

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September 2014

LA Rent: Has Rent Control Been Successful in Los Angeles?

"There is a shortage of decent, safe and sanitary housing in the City of Los Angeles resulting in a critically low vacancy factor," begins Los Angeles' Rent Stabilization Ordinance, which was enacted in 1978. "This situation has had a detrimental effect on substantial numbers of renters in the City, especially creating hardships on senior citizens, persons on fixed incomes and low and moderate income households."

Read more and listen to the audio here...


August 2014

Developer Backs Down on West Hollywood 'Poor Door'

The developer of a proposed large mixed-use building in West Hollywood that planned to restrict tenants living in affordable housing units from accessing the property's pool said Wednesday it will reconsider after encountering strong objections from the city's Community Development Department.

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May 2014

CES Executive Director Interviewed on
NBC 4 LA Regarding The Affordable Housing Crisis Pushing People Out of Los Angeles

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross, together with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 3634 Administrative Assistant June Singleton-Reece, appeared on KNBC Channel 4 News on May 1, 2014, regarding a story on how the affordable housing crisis has pushed middle class, working families and the poor out of the City of Los Angeles.

Read more and watch the video here...


April 2014

Uncertain Future For Tenants in Los Angeles

Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) tenant leaders and CES Director of Organizing Carlos Aguilar are interviewed for a Channel 34 KMEX-TV Univision report on the pending Ellis Act evictions of tenants at a Echo Park building...

Read more and watch the video here...


April 2014

CES Executive Director Discusses the Plight and Rights of Renters in the Los Angeles Area

David Cruz, host of KEIB radio's the David Cruz Show, interviews Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross on the need for renters to be wary of today's rental market.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


March 2014

Real Estate: Too Expensive to Buy, Too Expensive to Rent

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross appeared on KCRW's "Which Way LA?" hosted by Warren Olney on March 27, 2014.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


February 2014

Tenants May Pay For Earthquake Retrofitting Under New Proposal

The city of Los Angeles is considering a proposal from Councilman Bernard Parks that would pass the cost of retrofitting apartment buildings on to tenants. Currently, only 50% of major renovation costs may be passed along to tenants, with landlords and building owners paying the cost of retrofitting.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


October 2013

CES Executive Director Interviewed on
NBC 4 LA Regarding Affect of Government Shutdown on Low-Income Residents

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross and CES Section 8 Tenant Leader Ann Williams appear on KNBC Channel 4 News report on October 9, 2013 regarding the impact that the Government Shutdown may have on the funding of Section 8 rent subsidies for low income tenants.

Read more and watch the video here...


October 2013

CES Executive Director & Park
LaBrea Tenants Interviewed About
Tenant Outrage and Organizing in
Response to Continuous Elevators
Malfunctioning

David Cruz, host of KTLK radio's the David Cruz Show, interviews Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross and Park LaBrea Apartments Tenant Leaders Jason Green and Jon Neustadler regarding the elevators frequently malfunction or are often out of service, requiring them to climb numerous flights of stairs. The complex has 18 towers that are each 13 stories tall and have 153 units. Park LaBrea is the largest rent controlled complex in Los Angeles and biggest housing complex west of the Mississippi.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


August 2013

CES Executive Director Interview
Regarding a Landlord Attempting to
Evict a 73 Year Old Woman Who Has
Lived in Her Apartment for 40 Years.

The David Cruz Show recently received an email from a young lady about how her 73-year-old mother was being evicted from her apartment, because of a $23 bill.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


May 2013

The Sequester Budget Cuts: Southern California's Needy Begin To Feel The Effects

After sometimes dramatic warnings from Washington D.C. before the sequester took effect March 1, most Southland residents could be forgiven for greeting the first months of the automatic spending cuts with a shrug.

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March 2013

CES Executive Director Interview
Regarding a Report Stating that California is Second Most Expensive State to Rent in the Nation

David Cruz, host of KTLK radio's the David Cruz Show, interviews Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross on the National Low Income Housing Coalition report stating that a minimum wage worker in California must toil about 130 hours a week in order to feasibly afford a two-bedroom rental.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


February 2013

CES Executive Director Interview
Regarding the Plight of LA Tenants, Displacement Threats Due To
Transit-Oriented Development,
and the Mayoral Election

David Cruz, host of KTLK radio's the David Cruz Show, tells Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross, that he's David's 'go to guy' when he wants to know wants going on in the streets. Cruz tells his audience that CES does "phenomenal work."

Read more and listen to the audio here...


November 2012

CES Executive Director Interview
Regarding the Nationwide
Walmart Black Friday Protests

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross was interviewed on the KTLK's David Cruz radio show regarding the nationwide protest on black Friday by Walmart workers and supporters.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


November 2012

CES On Annenberg Radio News Regarding Proposed Sales Tax Hike On March Ballot

Los Angeles faces a $220 million budget deficit. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, says the city's done all the cutting it can, and more revenue is needed to prevent cuts to crucial services.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


July 2012

CES Executive Director Interview
Regarding L.A. City Council's Final
Approval of Parking Ticket Fine Hikes

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross was interviewed on the KTLK's David Cruz radio show, again, regarding the Los Angeles City Council giving its final approval to increases in parking ticket fines.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


July 2012

CES Executive Director Interviewed
Regarding L.A. City Council Approving
Parking Ticket Fine Hike

The City Council approved an ordinance to raise parking fines by $5 on Tuesday as part of an overall plan to help balance the city's budget.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


May 2012

CES Executive Director Follow-Up
Interview Regarding L.A. City Raising
of Parking Ticket Fines

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross was interviewed on the KTLK's David Cruz radio show, again, regarding the increase to street sweeping parking ticket fines in the City of Los Angeles for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Read more and listen to the audio here...


May 2012

CES Executive Director On KTLA 5 Los Angeles

LA City Council Votes to Raise Parking Tickets But Cut the Increase.

Further Reductions of the Increases Possibly As Council Agrees With CES on Inequities.

Read more and watch the video here...


May 2012

CES Executive Director Larry Gross on KPFK Radio FM 90.7!

CES Executive Director Interview Regarding L.A. City Plan to Raise Parking Ticket Fees

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross was featured on Truthdig Radio on KPFK 90.7 FM on May 10, 2012. Truthdig editor Peter Scheer hosted the program report on the City of Los Angeles’ plan to increase parking ticket fees for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


May 2012

CES Executive Director On NBC 4 Los Angeles

Mayor's Budget Calls for $10 Hike in Parking Fines

Facing a $238 million budget deficit, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is calling for a $10 hike in parking fines.

Read more and watch the video here...


May 2012

CES Featured on Univision 34 Los Angeles

Villaraigosa Propone Un Aumento De $10 En Las Multas De Estacionamiento

El alcalde Antonio Villaraigosa propuso un aumento de $10 en las multas de estacionamiento "para preservar servicios vitales en la ciudad". Sin embargo, no todos están de acuerdo con el plan. Annabelle Sedano con el informe.

Read more and watch the video here...


May 2012

CES Executive Director Larry Gross on KTLK Radio AM 1150!

CES Executive Director Interview
Regarding L.A. City Plan to Raise
Parking Ticket Fees

Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross was interviewed on the KTLK’s David Cruz radio show regarding the proposal to increase parking ticket fees in the City of Los Angeles for the sixth time in the last seven years.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


May 2012

CES Executive Director Larry Gross Featured on 89.3 KPCC

Villaraigosa Wants To Charge You Even More For Parking Tickets

A daily drama plays out on the streets of Los Angeles as drivers with limited parking options scramble out of bed to beat the parking police before street sweeping restrictions kick in.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


April 2012

CES On Free Speech Radio News!

Free Speech Radio News Reports on CES’ Battle Against Landlord’s Rent Only Online Policy

Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) reports on CES’ campaign to oppose a landlord’s attempt to forces their tenants to pay their rent only online. FSRN is an independently produced half hour daily national and international radio news program focusing on peace and social justice issues in the US and around the world.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


March 2012

CES Executive Director Larry Gross on KTLK Radio AM 1150!

CES Exec Dir Debates Lancaster Mayor
Over City’s Attacks on Section 8 Tenants

Officials of the City of Lancaster in the high desert area of Los Angeles County has been waging a war against low-income Section 8 rent subsidy tenants for some time. Lancaster officials have attempted to reduce the number of its Section 8 tenants by accusing them of being responsible for crime in the area, hiring housing authority inspectors to intimidate and harass them and attempting to pass laws to deny business licenses to landlords who accept Section 8 vouchers. These actions have created an atmosphere of fear for low income tenants and has even result in physical attacks to Section 8 renters.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


March 2012

CES Executive Director Larry Gross on Up-Rising Radio!

Los Angeles Tenants Face High Rents,
Little Legal Help

Being a renter in Los Angeles can be difficult, but a group of local tenants are suing their landlord because they say the company is making it impossible to do the most basic thing a tenant does — pay rent. In September 2011 the Jones and Jones Property management company notified tenants at its 300-unit south LA Woodlake Manor Apartments that it would only accept online rent payments.* The Coalition for Economic Survival and Bet Tzedek Legal Services announced last week that a lawsuit against Jones and Jones was filed on behalf of the tenants, who want to retain the right to pay rent by more traditional means. Many of the plaintiffs are elderly, and some are self-identified as "computer-illiterate."

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


March 2012

CES Executive Director Larry Gross Featured on 89.3 KPCC

The Economy Is A Little Better; Time To Pay More Rent!

Housing prices are down, mortgage holders are underwater, construction is slow – this is the standard set of facts when it comes to reporting on housing in the United States post-2008.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


December 2011

CES Featured on WBAI Radio 99.5 FM in New York!

The Latest on the Fight to Ensure Tenants' Rights in L.A.

Housing Notebook - December 26, 2011
Scott Sommer celebrated the 27th anniversary of his hosting the show by interviewing Coalition for Economic Survival Executive Director Larry Gross on the latest West Coast landlord shenanigans and tenants' rights victories.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


May 2011

CES Debates the Apartment Association on KFWB Money 101

Money 101 with Bob McCormick, May 23, 2011

CES Executive Director Larry Gross faced off with Ryan Minniear, Executive Director of the California Apartment Association debating tenants' rights issues...  Read more and listen to the audio here...


May 2010

Crowd angers as council balks on rent control

KABC 7 News, May 21, 2010

Rent rage breaks out prompting police to respond to a Los Angeles City Council meeting, after council members fail to take action on a proposed rent-hike moratorium.  Read more and view the video here...


May 2010

CES Featured on WBAI Radio 99.5 FM in New York!

The Fight to Win a Rent Freeze in L.A.

Housing Notebook - May 10, 2010
Scott Sommer was joined by Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival to discuss the progress of the campaign for a rent freeze in Los Angeles.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


May 2010

CES Battles The Apartment Assocation Over a Rent Freeze Motion in the City of LA on KCRW's "Which Way L.A.?"

Larry Gross, Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Survival

Jim Clarke, Executive Director, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles

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May 2010

CES Debates Merits of Rent Freeze on KPCC's AirTalk Radio Program

CES Executive Director takes on a representative of the California Apartment Association debating why the Los Angeles City Council needs to pass a freeze on the 3% rent increase to tenants living in L.A.'s 630,000 rent control units slated for July 1, 2010.

Read more and listen to the audio file here...


December 2008

Housing Notebook: Los Angeles Tenants' Rights Victories

Scott Sommer hosts Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival, who talks about recent eviction protections won for LA tenants facing owner & owner relative move-ins and for tenants living in rental properties that have been foreclosed.  Read more here...


December 2008.

L.A. City Helping Tenants of Foreclosed Properties

CES Executive Director Larry Gross provides a response to Channel 11 Fox News immediately after the Los Angeles City votes to extend rent control eviction protections to all rental units in the City, providing CES and other tenant organzations a tremendous tenants' rights victory.  View the video here...


 

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