Los Angeles has a lot going for it, but what it doesn't have is enough affordable places to hang your hat. (We're working on it.) So why not get together to talk about ways that more affordable housing options could be made available? That's what Culver City officials thought; but before they could even vote to discuss the matter, they had to sit through "hours of public testimony," mostly from members of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and local landlords who own smaller buildings with few units, according to KPCC. The vote—on whether to talk about the matter—ended up taking three and a half hours.
Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells voiced her disappointment at the turn the meeting had taken: "It's about making sure that the people who have decided to live in this community are not threatened with a 100 percent increases in their rent. And 60 days to pay up or move out." It's understandable that landlords would want to come out and voice their opinions about policy that affects their business and livelihood, but this vote was, again, for or against talking about ways to provide more affordable housing.
About 45 percent of Culver City residents are renters (high but a bit lower than the LA metro area), and 27 percent of renters spend more than half of their income on housing (which is very bad). One renter at the meeting says that her landlord jacked up her rent by $300 because he was worried that Culver City would be getting rent control. (And raising the rent abruptly helps things how?) Though it was ultimately decided that the city council would meet in the future to discuss housing affordability, it's not exactly clear when that will happen.
· Culver City's affordable housing discussion sidetracked by fears of rent control [SCPR]
· Rent Control [Curbed LA]