California takes aim at housing discrimination with new laws

With state policy increasingly focused on boosting development to address the housing affordability crisis, California adopted measures Tuesday to combat discrimination in the housing market that supporters say is critical to ensuring the state not only builds enough homes but that everyone has access to them.

LA County Board of Supervisors to consider extending eviction protection to commercial renters

LOS ANGELES - On Tuesday, when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meets, they’ll consider a motion to extend eviction protections to commercial renters.

For residential tenants, it’s a more complicated story. Under current state law the County doesn’t have the authority to extend eviction protections for residential tenants and it doesn’t look like the state is going to extend them either.

Los Angeles rental assistance: Residents can apply beginning Sept. 1

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago announced Friday that the city's decision to hand over its rental assistance program to the California Department of Housing and Community Development would allow checks to get to qualified applicants quicker.

On Aug. 7, de Leon and Santiago criticized the city's program for its slow pace, saying that at the rate payments were being issued, the program wouldn't be complete for 18 months.

Finally, a gym of their own in Little Tokyo

The crowd at the Little Tokyo gym roared as the basketball player, his team down a dozen points, dodged a defender, spun and hit a fadeaway shot.

Despite the flashy drive, the contest on a Sunday night in June was mainly one-sided, with a final score of 73-33.

Nearly $15 Million Approved To Renovate Breed Street Shul In Boyle Heights, Once The Center Of Jewish Life In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The century-old Breed Street Shul in Boyle Heights is getting a new lease on life thanks to millions in dollars championed by California’s Jewish and Latino lawmakers to renovate the historic landmark.

Nearly $15 million in state funding was announced Tuesday to transform the historic, cultural monument into a multipurpose space and highlight the rich and diverse immigrant history of the Latino and Jewish communities in the Boyle Heights neighborhood.

Councilman Introduces Motion To Speed Up Rental Assistance Payment Process

Councilman Kevin de León has introduced a motion aimed at speeding up the timeline for landlords to receive back rent for tenants who couldn’t pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that at the current pace, the city’s rental assistance program won’t complete payments for 18 months.

De León, speaking before the City Council meeting Friday morning, said the rent relief program received more than 113,000 applications and the city has about $235 million to distribute, with another $260 million expected. However, the city has only paid out about $35 million, he said.

State Providing $300,000 for Budokan Programs and Services

An allocation of $300,000 was included in this year’s state budget to fund community programs and services at the Terasaki Budokan in Little Tokyo.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the Budokan by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who was joined by Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de Leon and Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Erich Nakano, along with several children.

$4 million renovation will transform Self Help Graphics into 'space of healing, creative expression'

The state allocation of a $4 million fund for Self Help Graphics will help the Boyle Heights arts institution transform its current headquarters into a place that feels like home for the community.

At a press conference Friday, executive director Betty Ávila said the funds will allow SHG to renovate the 110 year old building and redesign its existing programs. She said the organization plans to work “as a space of healing, creative expression.”