- When: Wednesday, April 22 at 10:00am
- Watch the livestream at: https://www.lacity.org/government/follow-meetings/city-council-meetings
- Agenda: https://ens.lacity.org/clk/councilagendas/clkcouncilagendas3139951_04222020.html
- To submit public comment, click on the agenda item number, which takes you to the council file. Then click on the “NEW!” button.
- To participate in public comment during the meeting, call (669) 900-6833 and use Meeting ID No. 459-499-150, then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID.
(Actual) Eviction Moratorium
Item 39 / Council File: 20-0404
(BONIN – RYU – HARRIS-DAWSON) relative to prohibiting the termination of a tenancy during the City of Los Angeles State of Emergency that was declared on March 4, 2020.
If passed, this motion would instruct the City Attorney to draft an emergency ordinance prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants during the COVID-19 emergency and 30 days following the end of the emergency. The ordinance would prohibit landlords from serving eviction notices, or attempting to evict tenants through lockouts, or utility shutoffs. As of this writing, the council file mostly has comments from landlords in opposition.
Responsible Banking Investment Monitoring Program
Item 28 / Council File: 09-0234-S4
(HARRIS-DAWSON – KORETZ – KREKORIAN – MARTINEZ – PRICE – WESSON – RODRIGUEZ) relative to potential amendments to the Responsible Banking Ordinance to ensure that the City is doing business with financial institutions that are providing maximum protections to property owners and renters during the COVID-19 emergency.
LA City Council will also vote on amendments to the “Responsible Banking” program, which will prioritize working with banks that provide relief to mortgage holders and renters during COVID-19.
Rent Increase Freeze
Item 37 / Council File: 20-0407
(BONIN – RYU – HARRIS-DAWSON) relative to freezing rent increases during the City of Los Angeles State of Emergency that was declared on March 4, 2020.
This motion instructs the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that prohibits rent increases during the COVID-19 emergency and 90 days afterwards. What might’ve been seen as ‘progressive’ pre-COVID is now a minimal effort to protect renters. Landlords and real estate interests are fighting this measure, and with half of LA City Council comprised of landlords, passing this could still be an uphill battle.
Reclassify Unpaid Rent as Consumer Debt
Item 38 / Council File: 20-0409
(BONIN – RYU – HARRIS-DAWSON) relative to classifying unpaid rent as consumer debt, not subject to the unlawful detainer process and allowing landlords and tenants to create temporary rent reduction agreements.
If passed, the City Attorney would draft an ordinance to reclassify unpaid rent incurred during the COVID-19 emergency as consumer debt, which means that landlords would not be able to evict tenants over rent debt. Instead of evicting tenants over unpaid rent, landlords would be encouraged to work out rental repayment agreements.
Motions to Support Federal and State Action on Mortgage and Rent Relief
Item 58 / Council File: 20-0002-S42
Item 59 / Council File: 20-0002-S43
Item 61 / Council File: 20-0002-S45
These resolutions enjoy popular support among LA City Council because they allow City Council Members to claim that they support more progressive ideas, like rent suspension, without having to take any action that would upset their donor base.
Click on the ‘NEW’ button in the council files to submit a public comment.
Call City Council
In addition to leaving a public comment on the council files, it’s also important to CALL YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER. They are likely receiving many calls from landlords and business interests in opposition to tenant protections. They need to hear from you and why it’s important that they do everything in their power to cancel rent and mortgage and ensure that people can remain in their homes to safely quarantine during the COVID-19 emergency. Tell them that you support Items 28, 37, 38, 39, 58, 59, and 61.
Although homelessness issues are largely missing from the agenda, they still need to hear support for housing and services as the solution to homelessness, not sweeps and criminalization. Mayor Garcetti has the authority to commandeer hotels to house the unhoused. LA City Council Members must use their influence to pressure the Mayor to do the right thing. Tell your City Council Member that you support the demands of the #NoVacancyCA coalition.
- Councilmember Gil Cedillo, CD 1
(213) 473-7001; Gilbert.Cedillo@lacity.org
- Councilmember Paul Krekorian, CD 2
(213) 473-7002; email@example.com
- Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, CD 3
(213) 473-7003; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember David Ryu, CD 4
(213) 473-7004; email@example.com
- Councilmember Paul Koretz, CD 5
(213) 473-7005; Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Nury Martinez, CD 6
(213) 473-7006; councilmember.Martinez@lacity.org
- Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, CD 7
(213) 473-7007; email@example.com
- Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, CD 8
(213) 473-7008; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Curren Price, CD 9
(213) 473-7009; email@example.com
- Councilmember Herb Wesson, CD 10
(213) 473-7010; councilmember.Wesson@lacity.org
- Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11
(213) 473-7011; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember John Lee, CD 12
(213) 473-7012; Councilmember.Lee@lacity.org
- Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, CD 13
(213) 473-7013; email@example.com
- Councilmember Jose Huizar, CD 14
(213) 473-7014; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Councilmember Joe Buscaino, CD 15 (213) 473-7015; email@example.com