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Rent strike wins in East LA

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By Scott Scheffer Residents of the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights are savoring a rent-strike victory organized by a group of tenants. The Mariachi rent strike forced a rich real estate developer to sign the first-ever collective bargaining agreement between tenants and a landlord in Los Angeles. About half the tenants in the 24-unit […]

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Boyle Heights mariachis agree to 14 percent rent hike but win new leases ending months-long strike

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The deal could be a model for other LA renters to follow By Elijah Chiland  After a months-long struggle, renters living in a Boyle Heights apartment complex close to Mariachi Plaza have reached an agreement with the building’s owner and property management company allowing them to remain in their residences. On Thursday, a coalition of community groups that […]

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5 Lessons Learned from the Mariachis’ Victory over BJ Turner

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The tenants and their supporters at 1815 E 2nd St. by Jacob Woocher After over a year of collective struggle, the tenants of 1815 E 2nd St. in Boyle Heights have finalized their negotiations with property owner BJ Turner and will remain in their homes! 13 of the 25 tenants in the building have signed a collective bargaining […]

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Tenants Reach Settlement Deal to Control Apartment Rent Increases

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by: NATHAN SOLIS   LOS ANGELES (CN) – Tenants of a Los Angeles apartment complex who refused to pay huge rent spikes last year and were then served eviction notices scored a victory Thursday when they reached a settlement agreement with their landlord to stay in their homes. Last June, seven tenants at the Boyle Height’s […]

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Mariachi Plaza, Evictions, and the Bullsh*t Ideology Of Capitalism

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If you are moved by these tenants’ struggle, please consider donating to support their rent strike and help cover legal fees: https://www.gofundme.com/mariachisupport By: Jacob Woocher The following is inspired by a comment I received in response to this recent piece about gentrification in L.A. Mary C., who identifies herself as someone working in real estate with “over 30+ […]

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Westlands Water District Votes No on Delta Tunnels Project!

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“Today is a very good day for California,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director of Restore the Delta, in a statement. “By rejecting California WaterFix, the Westlands Water District has dealt a blow to the project. There are many better solutions for creating a sustainable water supply in California.” Westlands Water District Votes No on Delta […]

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Consumer Watchdog Kicks Off Campaign To Fire LADWP Ratepayer Advocate Fred Pickel; Launches “Can The Pickel” Video And Ratepayer Action Against Runaway Rates at Los Angeles City Hall Rally Today

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumer Watchdog, Food & Water Watch, DWP ratepayers and other advocacy groups rally today in front of City Hall to urge the Los Angeles City Council to fire DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel for selling out ratepayers instead of protecting their interests. “Pickel is an energy consultant whose bread has always been […]

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Facing Eviction, Boyle Heights Mariachis Are Going to Court

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BY JASON MCGAHAN At twilight on Tuesday at Hollywood and Vine, two Mexican men in dark mariachi suits strummed and tuned the strings of their guitars. They were flanked by a crowd of two dozen protesters who stood shoulder to shoulder and held up signs outside the W Hollywood Residences. A few news crews filmed. A few reporters scribbled […]

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Mariachi musicians fighting to keep homes they’ve lived in for decades

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By: Zohreen Adamjee (FOX 11) – Fourth generation mariachi musicians like Luis Valdivia played in the middle of Hollywood Blvd Tuesday … to protest, hoping their landlord, who they believe lives near Hollywood and Vine, could hear them. “I’ve been living there 21 years,” said Valdivia. The residents of an apartment complex one block from Mariachi Plaza say rent recently […]

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