About

Los Angeles is my home.  I was born here, and aside from a year in Santa Cruz, I’ve spent my whole life in this city.

When I was young I accepted LA as it was.  As I get older I’m getting more and more concerned about the way the city is growing.  Change is inevitable.  Development is necessary.  The question is who will shape the way the city grows.  Politicians, developers and architects are part of the equation, but the citizens should always have the loudest voice and the last word.

The people of Los Angeles need to be involved in the decisions that are being made about LA’s future.  I know that’s not easy, since most of us have plenty of other things to keep us busy.  On top of that, the issues are often so complex that it’s sometimes difficult just to wade through all the information.  But if we don’t get involved, the choices will be made for us,  usually by people whose main motivations are money and/or power.

I’m trying to get more involved, and this blog is a part of that effort.  I look forward to hearing your comments.  And you can reach me by e-mail at….

thehorizonandtheskyline@gmail.com

The image of Hollywood and the downtown skyline was taken by photographer William Reagh in 1991.  It comes from the Los Angeles Public Library’s on-line archives.

 

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  1. — Families Fighting Mass Eviction Deliver Demands to Property Management

    PRESS RELEASE

    Contact:
    Leilanie Sashae – Resident and Media Spokesperson
    1625 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019
    Mobile: (818) 626 – 1835
    Email: 1625Crenshaw@gmail..com
    https://www.facebook.com/rtacla

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Families Fighting Mass Eviction Deliver Demands to Power Property Management

    What: Tenants deliver demands to Power Property Management, hold rally & press conference
    When: Thursday, May 21, 10:30am
    Where: 11295 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA. 90230

    May 20, 2015 — When Lafayette Square Apt., LLC – owned by Las Vegas millionaire real estate tycoon Haskel Iny – purchased the 43 unit apartment complex on 1625 Crenshaw BIvd. in historic Arlington Heights, the new owner’s first action was to serve “notices to vacate” to all the residents during the holidays. The apartment has a vibrant community of elderly, veterans, disabled, college students, single mothers, and mostly African American families who are being forcibly evicted and face daily harassment by Power Property Management.

    72 year old Francis Bell has lived in the apartment complex for 22 years. She still finds herself shocked that this is happening to her. “I’ve worked with homeless people. I never imagined that one day I would find myself being a working senior citizen on the verge of becoming homeless myself. I’m becoming the very same people that I serve as part of my job.” Tanya Rhodes is a retired nurse who has also been a tenant for more than two decades. Rhodes received a spinal injury in a car accident almost ten years ago. “Since arthritis has set in I’ve become immobile. I can’t get around much, let alone pack boxes. I’ve felt secure in my apartment all these years but now I’m supposed to just get up and leave everything behind and do it all by myself all of a sudden. I can’t find a safe place to live that I can afford. I believe in God and in my neighbors to fight this injustice.”

    36 of the remaining residents have signed petitions and delivered letters to the new owner describing the difficulties and costs of finding a new place, and to reconsider the evictions. The owner has ignored all requests for communication, even by Los Angeles City Council and district rep President Herb Wesson. “We’ve had no luck up to this point getting directly in contact with the owner,” said Wesson.

    This Thursday residents will be going directly to Power Property Management, which manages 1625 Crenshaw for Haskel Iny’s company, to give their demands in person and request negotiations. Residents such as Bell, Rhodes and other tenants, will join a contingent of renters to stand up to Power Property and Lafayette Square Apt. LLC. face-to-face.

    The residents of 1625 Crenshaw are demanding that Haskel Iny, Lafayette Square Apt., LLC and Power Property Management be held responsible for making right the damage they have caused to the tenants, their families and their neighbors. They demand a year and a half time to find new housing and move out, relocation assistance equal to what residents in a rent controlled apartment would receive (between $10,000 and $20,000 for most residents), an end to harassment from Power Property Management staff, and repairs to the building. Residents also demand changes to the law to extend renters’ protections, defend affordable housing and make housing a human right.

    The residents of 1625 Crenshaw are not alone. “Some 64,000 to 73,000 people are evicted in LA. each year — a population equal to that of Redondo Beach,” according to LA Weekly journalist Hillel Aron. In addition, according to a UCLA study, the cost of living in Los Angeles has increased 25% since the year 2000 while household incomes have declined, leaving Los Angeles with the least affordable rental market in the United States. Being priced out of homes from Los Angeles is an all too common experience. The families at 1625 Crenshaw Blvd. wish to provide an alternative to living further away from the their jobs, community, and families — and challenge their landlord who values profits instead of vibrant communities.

    Join us on Thursday!

    LINKS

    Eviction No! Community Yes!

    Photo albums & videos

    Twitter
    @1625Crenshaw
    #1625Crenshaw

    PRESS APPEARANCES

    Rent Price Hike at Building in Crenshaw District Forces Some Longtime Residents to Move
    KCBS Channel 2 & KCAL Channel 9
    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/05/18/rent-price-hike-at-building-in-crenshaw-district-forces-some-longtime-residents-to-move/

    As L.A.’s Rents Rise: Crenshaw Tenants Battle Eviction
    Lovell Estell III, Capitol and Main
    http://capitalandmain.com/latest-news/issues/labor-and-economy/l-s-rents-rise-crenshaw-tenants-battle-eviction/

    Boulevard Villa Tenants Fight to Keep a Roof Over Their Heads
    Caitlin Plummer, USC Annenberg School of Communications

    Trying to Keep a Roof Over Their Heads
    C. Maddren, The Horizon and the Skyline
    https://horizonskyline.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/trying-to-keep-a-roof-over-their-heads/

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