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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Let's Do Something About These Pesky Little ICOs Prohibiting Condo Conversion

In case Office Landry kicks me out of City Hall on Friday for tying my shoelaces or breathing too loud, I better post all this info people have given me about Interim Control Ordinances (ICOs)/Prohibiting Conversion of Existing Units to Condominiums.

There are five Councilmembers who sit on the Housing and Economic committee, and many Councilmembers have initiated these ICOs to help but the brakes on the rampant condo conversions happening all throughout the fifteen districts at such rapid pace, even Councilmembers need a take-five to see what is actually up.

Only problem is, as well written and upstanding as these ICOs actually are, it doesn't do any good if you keep sticking them back to the bottom of your "to do" pile. Here's a compilation on memos, documents and Superior Court Civil Complaints regarding this Citywide epidemic:

For the past few years, the City of Los Angeles has experienced widespread demolition of multi-family residential structures and the replacement of such structures by new condominiums. Consequences of these activities include the loss of thousands of rental units regulated by the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and the creation of an extreme shortage of affordable rental housing. [Like Councilmembers care???] (Then a Sept. 12, 2006 motion to the Planning and Land Use management Department to do something about it.)

Here's an excerpt from a couple ICOs someone gave me from various Councilmembers who are being ignored by the Housing Committee: There is an urgent need for protections from displacement until the appropriate course of action Citywide is established, and policies for fair and smooth transitions for affected tenants are implemented.

But they aren't being implemented, hence the Superior Court Complaint (Case No. BC359641): Complaint to enforce tenant mitigation conditions...for unlawful, unfair, or fraudulent business practices; for conspiracy to engage in the foregoing practices...and more bad stuff. [TOTAL VIOLATION, Y'ALL!]

In the meantime, while you're sitting on the ICO's, let's see tenants get the 180 day notice and relocation money (at today's rate, not 1980's rate) ASAP.

And finally, to give equal time, this election season, a quote from Councilmember Eric Garcetti's memo on the matter to a "concerned citizen":

"While I am open to the concept of limiting conversions and demolitions, I am waiting to see to further-developed proposal for such a moratorium before providing my full support." - Eric Garcetti. Thanks, Eric! So keep waiting little old ladies being kicked out of your lifelong units without notice or any relocation fees unless you file a civil complaint in Superior Court. Eric needs some more time to think about it.

And remember, when visiting Los Angeles, stop by Venice Beach and buy a one dollar incense from one of the Eastside stores. They won't let me see them on the beach side anymore. And have a happy day!


Anonymous Captain Jack Sparrow said:

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen (removes hat and bows low):

Zuma lad, it's good to see you back. We were afraid you ended up in the clink or worse yet, taking a dirt nap. But back you are.

You appear to be good at following money trails. There is a law firm in Los Angeles called Kaufman Downing LLP, and Stephen Kaufman is the beancounter who has worked closely with Villabarbosa. Mr. Kaufman also popped up in the Measure R debacle.

Someone suggested that I look to see who has been paying legal fees to Kaufman Downing LLP, so I did. I see that there are plank walkers on their payor list.

You should perhaps find out about Mr. Kaufman, who he gives advice to and who pays the bills. That, my good friend, is something that we would all like to know.

NUNEZ, DELEON, PADILLA, CEDILLO AND ROMERO WALK THE PLANK IN NOVEMBER. The rest walk in March. Ms. Garcia and Ms. Sarno are already in hot water so we'll let them stew in their own juice.

October 18, 2006 8:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Go get them Z. Dogg! It's called gentrification and it's happening all over the city. And Garcetti does not stand alone. All of them are dragging their feet - afterall, they are all friends of all of the developers.

October 19, 2006 1:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zuma Dogg just file a public records form and the law firm has to give you everything cause that's the law. Let's us know what you find. Would be great if a lazy ass LA reporter would do the people of this city a favor and report on these facts but as always I can't see them doing anything but printing what Antonio tells them to.

October 19, 2006 5:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm a victim (one of thousands) of the condo conversion crisis. Just received our 180 day notice this week and we are fighting vociferously in every way we can. Alas the relocation fee is amended every year it is not the same amount it was in 1980 (wouldn't that be nice. What an easy case we'd have to fight then!) This year it was increased as recently as July. However, I would love to know if it actually matches the rate of inflation since it was established in 1980. Any ideas on how I might find this out?

October 19, 2006 12:48 PM  

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