Monday, April 23, 2012

Landlord Rights Meeting in Los Angeles

From The Fair Housing Coalition:

I have good news for landlords who own rental property in the City of Los Angeles. The Eberly Company, which is the outreach contractor hired by the City of Los Angeles to help landlords deal with code violations, is hosting a special event for members of The Fair Housing Coalition. But since we want to fill up the room, all are welcome.

The meeting will take place:

DATE: Wednesday night, April 25, 2012

TIME: 5 to 7 p.m.

LOCATION: 1645 Corinth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

I believe it is near Pico and the 405. Next to the Court House. There will be signs posted to direct you to the proper auditorium.

Attending this two hour love fest will be members of the Eberly Company, members of the LAHD REAP department, and LAHD code enforcement department. This is your opportunity to ask questions and speak your mind.

Have you even been mistreated by the LAHD?

For almost 30 years, the LAHD has treated landlords as if we are criminals, guilty until proven innocent. Partially because landlords have stayed home and not attended meetings at City Hall when decisions were being made about new laws relative to L.A. housing.

If you own a rental property in L.A., you can no longer afford to not be involved. You must become proactive politically.

We want a full house. We want the LAHD to realize that we are no longer sitting homes on our butts, or too busy to show up and speak up for our rights as property owners and housing providers. Unless you will be in a coma on Wednesday night, I urge you to show up.

Deena Eberly put a strong effort into making this happen. We must start changing the image that L.A. landlords are weak-sucks that the LAHD can easily push around. We must send a message. We need you to show up. Tell every landlord you know about this meeting. A huge turnout will create an image that we are united in fighting for fairness.

For three years, I've shown up at City Hall speaking out against the unfair policies of the LAHD. I've appeared on talk radio. I've met one-on-one with members of the L.A. City Council. I've opened their eyes to the injustice.

A few people who work for the LAHD have told me that their bosses are now feeling the pressure. We have their attention. We must not drop the ball. We have to show them that we are more than just an army of one. The more people who show up, the greater the momentum.

I'm trying to get at least one council member to attend. Bring your spouse, bring a few of your apartment managers, and/or bring a handyman who works for you. We must fill up the room. Make a note to yourself and tape it on the dashboard of your car.

Bill Hooey, Fair Housing Coalition.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ben Pleasant's Contentious Minds Now on YouTube

Frequent Karl Hess Club attendee Ben Pleasants's play, Contentious Minds, is now available for free viewing on YouTube.

Here is Part One:

Pleasants's journalism and criticism includes When Bukowski Was a Nazi, Dan Fante: Man on Fire, Charles Bukowski Taught Me 'How to Write a Short Story', When Ask the Dust Was Forgotten, and Hawaiian Princess: Marc Forby Tells the Tale of Princess Kaiulani.

Pleasants's novels include Spearmint Leaves and The Victory of Defeat.

Here is Part Two: