Vista LA tackles issue of gentrification in SoCal

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- What some call progress, others call it displacement. Destruction. But no matter how you define gentrification, it changes how neighborhoods look and the lives of the people who live there.

Issues arise out of this situation which many characterize as inevitable or community enhancement. As neighborhoods are "renewed," and a new wave of residents move in, usually with a higher income, long-time residents are forced out and culture is lost.

Vista L.A. explores the gentrification phenomenon occurring in neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Mayor Garcetti mentioned the Ellis Act in our show. The Ellis Act is a California law stating that landlords have the unconditional right to evict tenants to "go out of business."

For an Ellis eviction, the landlord must remove all of the units in the building from the rental market. The landlord must evict all the tenants and cannot single out one tenant (for example, with low rent) and/or remove just one unit out of several from the rental market. The Ellis Act is included in the just causes for eviction under the Rent Ordinance as Section 37.9(a)13).
Renter and Housing Resources:
Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department

Fair Housing Council of Orange County

Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC

Union de Vecinos (Los Angeles)

Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities

Self Help Graphics & Art

Antigua Coffee House

Casa 0101 Theater

Eastside Luv Wine Bar y Queso

American Barbershop

Centro Cultural de Mexico (Santa Ana)

Centro Strategies (Los Angeles)

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