Housing, Equity, and Community Series – Part 2: Protecting Renters
California’s housing crisis is hitting renters hard. California is known for strong tenant protections, but existing state laws like the Ellis Act (evicting tenants to convert buildings to ownership) or Costa-Hawkins Act (not allowing new construction to be under rent control) weakens these tenant protections. This discussion, moderated by Lewis Center associate director Michael Lens, examined the political appetite for reforming these laws and how they currently affect residents in Los Angeles. The panel featured Professor Joan Ling of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Tony Samara of Urban Habitat, and Doug Smith of Public Counsel.
Housing, Equity, and Community Series – Part 1: Homelessness in Los Angeles
Tens of thousands of Angelenos, including families with children, are without homes every night. Many more are on the brink of homelessness. In response to this crisis, both the County and City of Los Angeles recently passed funding measures intended to provide new and needed services and resources. This discussion, moderated by Lewis Center associate director Michael Lens, explored the issue of homelessness, and the response of local institutions, from the perspectives of Suzette Shaw, a Skid Row resident and activist; Dora Leong Gallo, a developer of permanent supportive housing; Jerry Ramirez, manager of LA County’s homeless initative; and Jordan Vega of UCLA’s own BruinShelter.
Housing, Equity, and Community Series Kick-Off: “East LA Interchange” Documentary Screening
The 2017-18 series kicked off with a screening of “East LA Interchange,” an award-winning documentary about the intersections of pollution, transportation, and gentrification in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Afterward, Lewis Center associate director Michael Lens moderated a discussion with filmmaker Betsy Kalin and longtime Boyle Heights resident Nancy Romero.
A Case of Arrested Development: The Road to and From Measure S
Before it failed on the March 2017 ballot, UCLA faculty members discussed Measure S, which would have impose a temporary moratorium on development projects that require changes to zoning, land use, and building height laws in Los Angeles. The discussion was moderated by Rosslyn “Beth” Hummer, the chair of the Land Use Planning and Environmental Subcommittee of the Real Property Section of the L.A. County Bar Association.