Letters to the Editor: Stop blaming nonprofits for Skid Row’s housing woes. We’re doing the actual work

  To the editor: The Times’ harmful coverage of nonprofit Skid Row housing providers continued on Jan. 5 with an assertion in one of its newsletters that “on Skid Row, the housing network for L.A.’s neediest all but collapsed.” The newsletter blurb linked to an article with the absurd headline saying that the nonprofits working to house Los Angeles County’s more than 75,000 homeless people …

Corporate Landlords’ Misinformation Campaign To Stop Rent Control

OPINION – With the 2024 election just 10 months away, Californians are being flooded with misinformation about the Yes on 33 Act, a much-needed statewide ballot measure that expands rent control. To confuse and scare voters, corporate landlords and the California Apartment Association (CAA) are spreading lies to kill the initiative. The Yes on 33 Act is supported by a statewide coalition …

Commentary: Who are the Democrats fighting to stop rent control in California?

A group of powerful Democrats has been carrying out Big Real Estate’s unscrupulous push to kill the expansion of rent control in California. Seniors on fixed incomes, labor union members, and millions of others may end up paying the life-altering consequences. For the past six years, Gov. Gavin Newsom and political consultant Ace Smith, among other Democratic strategists, have been …

Opinion: Will Gov. Gavin Newsom Please Stand Up for Rent Control in California?

Everyone agrees California is in the midst of an existential housing crisis. Whether it is sprawling homeless encampments, an exodus of people moving to other states, or millions being rent-burdened, the magnitude of the problem is inescapable. The California dream has been replaced by an unprecedented nightmare. Democrats and Republicans agree. Yet, year after year, we see no one take meaningful action to address …

Rent Control Saves Lives

For millions of American renters, these are troubling times. In fact, the times have never been more troubling, given that the typical renter in today’s America is now classified as “rent-burdened,” with 30 percent (or more) of their monthly income going toward housing alone. In a July letter to the Biden administration, 32 economists warned “there is not a single state where a …

Corporate landlords buy superyachts while California tenants drown under excessive rents

  OPINION – While Californians struggle to pay wildly inflated rents, Big Real Estate executives are splurging on superyachts, car collections, and even a private audience with superstar rapper Drake. The Real Deal recently uncovered the extravagant spending of Big Real Estate executives with a kind of glee: “Expensive boats and private islands are nice, but there’s nothing like a party. Anyone in …

Opinion: Big Real Estate Is Wrong — Rent Control Won’t Stop Housing Construction

There is no doubt that California faces an existential affordable housing crisis. More than 171,000 Californians are homeless, and 3.2 million — 56% of tenants — are rent-burdened. The Golden State’s image is severely tarnished by our inability to make any real dent in the problem. And it won’t get any better if we ignore it. We are at a fork in the road. If we …

America’s Rent-Burdened Tenants Need Rent Control

Where are people supposed to live in the United States? Rents are increasing while wages remain stagnant. Meanwhile, the cost of buying food, paying for gas, and keeping the utilities on is going up. Most people are in the midst of a crisis trying to figure out how to keep a roof over their head while paying for other basic …

MICHAEL WEINSTEIN: California: The new Rust Belt?

  When Americans picture the Rust Belt, they have an image of the once-great industrial Midwest, now transformed into rusted-out factory shells and abandoned smokestacks. They think of time leaving cities behind as people decamp to places offering new opportunities. They envision a once-great metropolis that epitomized progress and opportunity collapsing in decay. If we think this dystopian reality couldn’t …