Mayor Villaraigosa, Please Help Our Neighbors

eviction.gifIn Los Angeles Zipcode 90042, there are 385 families that may be evicted before the holidays. Of these, 211 live in bank-owned properties, 59 have homes that up for auction, and 115 have homes in foreclosure.

We encourage you to sign Motion 07-2438-69, which was proposed by City Council President Eric Garcetti, seconded by Councilmember Jose Huizar, and passed Friday afternoon.

Here is the text of the motion:

“In order to ensure that all tenants in foreclosed rental properties are protected from eviction by lenders, the Council should request the City Attorney to prepare and present an Ordinance amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code to restrict evictions of tenants in all foreclosed rental properties to be subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

I THEREFORE MOVE that the Council request the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Los Angeles Housing Department, to prepare and present an Ordinance amending the Los Angeles Municipal Code to restrict evictions of tenants in all foreclosed rental properties to be subject to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.”

Many of our friends and neighbors are being evicted, even though they were never late in paying their rent. The owners lost the houses and the banks are evicting the tenants. Many people must move out by midnight November 30.

We ask that Mayor Villaraigosa give our friends and neighbors the gift of being allowed to stay in their homes for another 90 days, during the holidays. This will give the Federal and State governments the the opportunity to protect the tenants who pay their bills, but can’t find new facilities because they have children, dogs, or because they don’t have a “first month and last month” security, plus moving expenses.

As Mayor, you can sign the motion this week, giving the evicted neighbors 90 days to help get their life order and find new accommodations.

“Highland Park Senior”

Published by the LA Progressive on November 24, 2008
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