Protest Erupts in City Council Chambers [Updated]
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Police had a difficult time controlling a group of loud protestors chanting about a rent hike moratorium this afternoon. The L.A. City Council decided not to vote on placing a temporary moratorium on increasing rent to rent-controlled units, instead pushing it to committee for further study. Despite the presence of the city's General Services Police Department -- it's a separate police department from the LAPD -- the crowd was not immediately controlled and the council went on a short recess. Eventually as things calmed down, the council continued to meet. [Update: The LA Times says police made "several" arrests.]
Los Angeles has a stock of 630,000 rent-controlled apartments and a proposal on the table seeks to give renters a short relief from a 3% rent increase currently allowed in the city. Landlords contend that with higher water rates and other increased fees and taxes, taking away the option to increase rent will do more harm than good.