This week, Making Contact looks at California’s fight over rent control. The stage is set for a political battle between two polar world views. Is housing a human right, or is real estate property an investment commodity? And where on that continuum is California’s common ground?
A statewide initiative, if approved, would allow local governments to create their own rent control laws. In this episode, we go to one of California where there is no limit as to how high rents may be raised. Later we’ll go to Los Angeles for a look at how that city’s police policies are affecting homeless encampments.
Mike Van Gorder, Naeiri Khachaekian, and John Bagdzhyan, Glendale Tenants Union; Frank Broccolo, commercial litigator; Glendale renters and landlords; General Dogon, Los Angeles Community Action Network; Tiffany Jones, david Garcia, “Jacob”, homeless encampment residents; Ace Katano, public defender; Alisa Orduña, senior advisor on homelessness, City of Santa Monica; Danielle Dupuy, UCLA researcher; Dominic Choi, LAPD homeless coordinator Commander; Maria Foscarinis, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty; Victor Hinderliter, LAHSA associate director.
Contributing Producer: Carla Green
Host and segment producer: Monica Lopez
Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Audience Engagement Manager: Sabine Blaizin
Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker
“Fater Lee”, Black Ant (open)
“Subway Instrumental Version”, David Szesztay (credits)
For More information:
More U.S. households are renting than at any point in 50 years – Pew Research Center
Affordable Housing Act
Glendale Tenants Union
Tenants United Santa Ana
Uplift Inglewood Coalition
Los Angeles Community Action Network
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights