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Los Angeles Tests the Power of ‘Play Streets’

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by:Patricia Leigh Brown LOS ANGELES — The temporary transformation of Fickett Street in Boyle Heights began with yellow shades resembling huge kites suspended over the sun-scorched asphalt. Soon, a thoroughfare known for its speeding vehicles and gang activity became something else entirely — a “play street” in which women gathered for Lotería, or Mexican bingo, […]

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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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