Standing up for Renters
Last night, more than 200 people packed a crowded auditorium at Walgrove Elementary School in Mar Vista to demand more protections for affordable housing, and to call for more rights for renters.
Bill opened the meeting, a joint hearing of the council's Planning and Housing Committees, by calling for revisions of the state Ellis Act, which has allowed an epidemic of condo conversions in CD11, dirving thousdands of low-income renters from ther homes.
The hearing, the second of three citywide, heard from assorted experts, including (pictured above): Sheila Bernard, president of the Lincoln Place Tenants Association; Chris Gabriel of POWER; and Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival.
-Mike Bonin, Chief of Staff