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Inglewood activists pushing to get rent control on ballot in 2018

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Similar initiatives are in the works in Pasadena, Glendale and Long Beach

As housing costs escalate and real estate developers show no signs of slowing down, activists in Inglewood are preparing to ask voters to enact rent control in their city.

KPCC reports that residents have filed a petition to get rent control on the ballot in 2018. Supporters say rent control—which would cap rent hikes—would help prevent displacement.

“Our goal is for people who live here to get to benefit from all the development, and being able to afford there,” D'Artagnan Scorza, a leader of Uplift Inglewood, tells the news station.

Neighborhoods across Los Angeles are changing rapidly, but perhaps none more so than Inglewood, where a NFL stadium—the future home of the Los Angeles Ram and Los Angeles Chargers—is due to open in 2020, with season ticket prices for the Rams poised to be among the priciest ever. The Clippers are also in talks to build a new arena in the neighborhood, and Metro is working now to bring the Crenshaw Line light rail there.

It’s not just Inglewood. Housing activists are also pushing for rent control initiatives in Pasadena, Glendale, and Long Beach.

Lupita’s story is just one of many Inglewood residents who are already being impacted by displacement. Join the campaign for secure housing! #UpliftInglewood’s ballot initiative will protect tenants from many unfair evictions and bring #RentControl to Inglewood. #UpliftNotUproot

Posted by Uplift Inglewood on Friday, November 3, 2017

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