Empowerment is Missing from Education Workshops

City of Beverly Hills recently hosted Community Education Workshops for landlords and tenants. The purpose of this ’community education workshop’ was stated plainly on the flyer: to provide an “overview” of the rent stabilization program. It recapped recent changes to the rent stabilization ordinance and gave a heads-up about the next steps in the process. However what was not on the agenda was tenant empowerment.

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Community Education Workshops: The Good, Bad and Ugly

City of Beverly Hills recently convened two Community Education Workshops where staff provided both tenants and landlords information about the rent stabilization ordinance. Community Preservation Manager Nestor Otazu walked though the recent changes and highlighted some key aspects of state law that apply to those who rent housing and those who provide it. Here is our takeaway.

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Rent Stabilization Update: What’s Next?

Months have passed without a single word from City Hall about rent stabilization. No press release, newspaper announcement or website update has keept us informed. Officials let weeks go by without a reply. And don’t get me started about the programs that must be better managed if they are to properly serve tenants. What gives with the silent treatment? Is City Hall on hiatus?

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Community Development Director Healy Keene Interview

While we wait for the city’s new consultant to get on the job, we have a lot of questions about the next steps in the rent stabilization policy process, the possible tenant-landlord committee, and in general about the administration of the new Rent Stabilization Program. Community Development Director Susan Healy Keene oversees the new program and generously took her time to answer our questions this morning.

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2017 Dialogue #6: Rental Unit Registration and More

This past Sunday, City of Beverly Hills convened the second roundtable dialogue involving committees of tenants and landlords. “We will try to conclude these issues today without war stories,” Facilitator Sukhsimranjit Singh said. “We are moving towards a middle ground.”

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City Holds Rent Stabilization Education Workshops

On Thursday Beverly Hills wrapped up the second of two rent stabilization ‘education workshops.’ Residents and landlords were invited to these town-hall events to learn about major changes to the city’s rent-stabilization law. It was our first opportunity to hear directly from city officials about how the new policies will affect us.

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