Results tagged “Aaron Mendelson”

LA Takes Step Towards Taxing Vacant Units

Los Angeles is in a housing crisis, yet up to 100,000 units, many of them luxury apartments, sit empty. Could a vacancy tax help?

Soaring Demand For LA's Public Housing, But Few Openings

Applications to live in Los Angeles public housing surged last month, a sign of the pressure Angelenos are feeling.

Will Corporate Landlords Gobble Up Homes During Downturn? California Politicians Are Concerned

California politicians are worried Wall Street will swoop in and buy up single-family housing -- in a repeat of the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Lottery Sales Crater During Pandemic

The California Lottery's sales have plunged amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Supes Extend Eviction Protections, Explore Sale Of Properties Facing Default To Community Groups

Supervisors voted to explore a pathway for renters and community groups to buy properties facing default -- an effort designed to halt real estate speculation.

$42 Million And Counting: Mayor's Nonprofit Plays Major Role In Pandemic Response

In order to build out a picture of who has been giving, and how much, LAist reviewed Garcetti's briefings to build a database.

What We Know And Still Don't Know About Who Is Being Killed By Coronavirus In LA

So far, LA County's COVID-19 victims have been adults -- but we've been comparing the death rate in communities of color to their general population. We looked at the impacts of the pandemic among just adults in several communities, and here's what we found.

Some Cities Relax Eviction Rules As Pressure Mounts From Landlords

It all makes for a confusing situation for tenants and property owners, with a mix of actions from state courts, cities, and counties in recent weeks.

When 'Safer At Home' Comes At A Risk. Health Hazards Lurk For Some Low-Income Renters

Health hazards lurking in substandard housing -- lead, roaches, black mold, water leaks, faulty wiring -- pose serious threats even in normal times. Their impact could be intensified in the age of COVID-19.

LA Says Yes To Rental Help, But No to A Citywide Rent Hike Freeze

The L.A. City Council sets up a fund to help low-income tenants with their rent, up to a maximum of $3,000.

Supervisors Pass Rent Assistance Effort, Expand Tenant Protections

Supervisors unanimously approved measures to create a rental assistance program and expand eviction protections at a virtual meeting Tuesday morning.

Map: Where Challengers Forced Runoff In District Attorney Race

Lacey struggled in broad swaths of the City of Los Angeles, and other areas across the county. Nevertheless, Lacey won 48.7% of votes, by far the most of any single candidate.

Read The Letters SoCal Landlords Are Sending As Rent Comes Due In This Pandemic

We asked LAist readers to share letters they'd received from their landlords. Here's what we learned.

Local Restaurant Owner Pledges To Pay Rent Of Mother Facing Eviction

After we published a story about a Pomona renter facing eviction, an LAist reader who owns a popular Silver Lake burger joint pledged to cut a check.

Chronically Ill And Facing Eviction During A Pandemic

One renter finds herself self-isolating in her trailer, facing eviction during a pandemic, as a chronically ill person.

L.A. Fundraiser Pleads Guilty To Coordinating $500,000 Bribe Involving Councilmember

A fundraiser pled guilty on a charge connected to his coordination of a $500,000 bribe to a city councilmember. It's the latest domino to fall in an FBI investigation into corruption at Los Angeles City Hall.

Concerns About Coronavirus At A Trailer Park We Investigated

In the face of a global pandemic, things are even more challenging for tenants at the bottom rung of the rental market.

'Basically...A Slumlord:' Los Angeles DA Candidates Respond to Our Landlord Investigation

Challengers in the Los Angeles' District Attorney race sounded off following a KPCC/LAist investigation into landlords PAMA Management and Mike Nijjar, calling for greater scrutiny into the business practices of the real estate and property management empire.

Fire Displaces Residents At San Bernardino Apartments Owned By Subject Of Our Landlord Investigation

The cause of the fire is undetermined. The building is part of a vast rental empire that was the subject of our landlord investigation that published last week.

Landlord Investigation Roils City Council Race, Re-Ignites Legislation In Sacramento

A Los Angeles city councilmember has returned campaign donations and a state legislator is promising to reintroduce a bill that would shed light on the rental market, following our investigation into a California rental empire.

Special Report: Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire

At the bottom rung of the Southern California rental market, some tenants live in insect- and mold-infested units, struggling to get their most basic maintenance needs met.

Aaron Mendelson, Data Reporter

I use data to power accountability journalism.

After That Stormy Week, How Much Rain Did LA Get?

Days of heavy rain was a good thing for our drought-stricken region in general, but it also caused flooding, mudslides, evacuations in recent fire burn zones and traffic chaos.

Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Substantiated In Investigation

Former lawmaker Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is the son of influential L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Lakers Are Playing Blisteringly Fast Basketball And We Have The Charts To Prove It

Your eyes are not deceiving you: the Los Angeles Lakers are playing basketball at a blisteringly fast pace.

Why It Just Got A Lot Harder To Get a Proposition On California's Ballot

The jump in signatures required to qualify a proposition for California's ballot is the highest percentage increase since 1914 when women first voted in California.

In America's 'Worst Bike City,' Laws To Protect Cyclists Are Rarely Enforced

Cycling in SoCal is hazardous. The state's so-called Three Foot Law was supposed to make bicyclists safer from at one danger: passing cars. So why are some big Southern California police agencies almost never issuing tickets?

How Much Rain Did LA Get This Week? Enough To Put Us On Track For A Normal Year

Storms caused chaos on the roads and the cancellation of at least one Hollywood meeting, but we at LAist wanted to know how much rain we really got. The answer: seven percent of a normal year's accumulation.

California Police Scanned More Than 1 Billion License Plates -- Rarely Finding Cars On 'Hot Lists'

California's law enforcement agencies scanned license plates more than a billion times in 2016 and 2017, compiling massive databases of people's movement across the state while rarely detecting cars on police watchlists.

Will Californians Turn Out To Vote In 'The Most Important Election Of Your Life'?

As we wait for the results to roll in, we set out to answer some commonly asked questions about voter turnout.

The L.A. Sheriff's Dept. Makes Up 17 Percent Of The County Workforce -- But Nearly Half Of Sexual Misconduct Legal Costs

In recent years, the Sheriff's Department has played an outsized role in sexual misconduct legal cases involving the L.A. County's massive workforce.

OC Supes Ask Why Needles Should Be Free When Residents Can't Even Get Plastic Bags

At a heated emergency meeting Friday, Orange County Supervisors rejected a needle exchange program intended by the state to stem the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.

The Story Behind the Eye-Popping Votes in Koreatown's Neighborhood Council Election

A neighborhood council election this week in Koreatown on whether to break out a second council district tied to the “Little Bangladesh” area brought out an eye-popping number of voters. The more than 19,000 ballots cast make it far and away the biggest Neighborhood Council election to date.

How California Lawmakers Goosed Jackpots To Create Record-Setting Lottery Sales

The California Lottery is minting money after a 2010 change in state law lifted the cap on how much could go to prizes. The change was designed to boost the amount the lottery sends to schools, the agency's only beneficiary, but education dollars haven't kept pace.

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