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Update: LAist Landlord Investigation Has Impact

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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 the publication of a KPCC/LAist investigation into landlord Mike Nijjar and PAMA Management.

  • Here in L.A., campaign contributions to Councilmember David Ryu by PAMA Management and Patricia Nijjar, who is married to Mike Nijjar, quickly came under fire.
  • Ryu’s campaign said on Friday he had returned the donations, saying in a statement, "Councilmember Ryu unequivocally condemns PAMA Management's grotesque business practices”.

The KPCC/LAist investigation story also sparked conversation among state lawmakers.

  • Oakland Assemblymember Buffy Wicks shared our story, and pledged to reintroduce a bill to collect valuable data on rental properties in California. "It's my number one priority this year," Wicks said.