Developer forcing family out of Echo Park home after 31 years; police seeking sex offender

Sunset View From Echo Park | Leslie Abott

Sunset View From Echo Park | Leslie Abbott

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  • An Echo Park family is being forced to move out of their Echo Park home of 31 years after it was purchased by a developer seeking to build new, $800,000 homes on the property. L.A. Times
  • Police are looking for a registered sex offender and parole-at-large who was seen masturbating in his car in the 3400 block of Riverside Drive. LAPD

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  1. They had 31 years to buy any number of incredibly cheap property in Echo Park. They’ve been paying pennies for a 3 bedroom house for decades. Even after all that they were still offered twelve thousand dollars to help relocate. They wistfully look back on the time when crime was rampant and people didn’t want to walk the streets. Forgive me for not breaking out the violins.

    • You have a place for them to live other than their car? What’s wrong with you?

    • “They had 31 years to buy any number of incredibly cheap property in Echo Park.”

      I love this sort of spiteful and clueless bile so many usernames are spewing of late.

      Sorry, but I don’t want to live in a place where my neighbors are booted out of their community because of short-term investor demand.

  2. As much as Steve Lopez wants to beat up on gentrification, no one ends up looking totally righteous in that LA Times article.

    4site looks a bit sleazy and will probably lose their argument if it can be shown that the house was ever registered a multifmily with Housing.

    And the Sanchez family has benefitted from a beneficial arrangement that’s many people would love. Under $1000 for a 3 bedroom house? Sign me up.

    Ultimately, though it may have been their home for 31 years, it isn’t their house. In the end, even in a city as tenant friendly as LA, that matters.

    • All the democratic cites are tenant friendly. Especially in NYC. I had a tenant in Brooklyn for one year, we did everything she asked and when we wanted to sell the place two years later, she got a sleazy lawyer and didn’t pay rent for 3 months and we still had to pay her 5K to move so that is the flip side to these sensational rent control stories.

  3. can’t be priced out of your home if you own it.

    hard to own your own home on minimum wage income. You have choices: a) buy a home in a cheaper city b) work smarter to increase your income earning potential

    • True, but I think the government could be doing a lot more to make that climb up the ladder more attainable for working people (namely, more affordable higher education and trade school programs.)

      College is way too expensive these days, and young people who borrow to invest in that important step end up with a mountain of debt to climb, compared with previous generations.

      • I agree with you that higher education costs are getting extreme; however, in what ways do you think the gov’t could do a better job here? Because gov’t solutions are typically not beholden to market forces in the same way private solutions are.. I’m leery of the efficacy of gov’t solutions.

        • Well in a broader sense, by putting a lot more money into subsidizing college. But I’m all for the government using market-style feedback loops to ensure they aren’t just throwing money at a problem.

          I suppose the devil is in the details of where to get that revenue from though. Taxes in California are obviously high, so that’s not the best option. Getting rid of prop 13 for non-owner occupied housing would be a good start I think. I’m also of the mindset that we waste a lot of money on prisons and CalTrans that could be better allocated.

          I’m a big supporter of high speed rail, but that’s probably money we could be spending more wisely as well (if I’m being totally honest.)

        • Higher education used to be much less expensive because of public funding. Tax cuts meant less money and tuition increases. If we want less people to become destitute, we will need to fund education. That means taxes. Who should be taxed? How much? Just look at countries where their higher education and apprenticeship programs are well integrated into their economy, and use that as a starting point.

  4. Sad and unfortunate. But when you rent a home you are doing just that, renting. So, if the owners decide to sell for their own benefit it’s the renter’s loss. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

  5. Really?..steve lopez loves these simple stories of us versus them…yes…its a winner take all economy…deal with it people.
    3 bedroom home for under a grand…count your blessings and move out and on…btw.Mr lopez never refers to their immigration status

    • Yup, Immigration status was skirted in early part of article. Also, becoming pregnant and having a child when you are single and without good education and adequate-paying job is not condusive to actually Getting more education and good job.

  6. I want to those not being so mean on here.. Most of you are probably home owners. We rented all these years, my parents maintained stability in one place, paid rent on time. Never were a problem, why displace elderly seniors without proper relocation assistance, as the law states. We are living in a home build in the 1920’s it’s under rent control .

    • My dear, paying rent on time does not equal preparing for the future. Now hopefully you will receive some relocation $$ and can prepare for the next phase of your lives. I wish you the best.

  7. I was evicted from my Lincoln Heights home so it could be sold for almost a million dollars. I was disappointed, but never thought to blame the owner, and certainly didn’t feel entitled to anything from the*buyer.* I am from a family of immigrants who worked hard and spent carefully. I went to school on grants, spending two years in community college before transferring to a Cal State to keep my loans down.

    After the eviction, I scraped my pennies together and applied for low income, first-time home buyers grants. I got my little townhouse in Highland Park, and that’s where I’ll stay.

    It may be that I have been very lucky. But I think I earned some of that. Those resources are not new. And everyone has access to them.

    For the love of god, stop drumming up this drama.

  8. It is ironic but illegal immigration creates a double whammy whereby wages decrease due to a surplus of cheap labor and rents increase due a shortage in housing. The people hurt most by this, of course, are illegal immigrants themselves and low wage/less educated Americans who complete for the same jobs and housing. You add to that onerous government regulations that increase housing costs and drive out businesses that used to support middle class families and you have a recipe for disaster that we are currently witnessing. Of course, the solution in the minds of people who feel the system is unfair is more rules and regulations to force greater fairness. Good luck with that!

    Here, we have a family who is disadvantaged, its debatable how much of that is their own bad choices/lifestyle and how much is bad luck, but they have been receiving a forced subsidy from their landlord thanks to rent control. Dad gets SS disability, another subsidy, I’m sure they are on food stamps in order to feed a fatherless child, mediCal and God knows what else; and they feel they are entitled to a payday? Are you telling me that there are no Domino’s Pizzas in Pomona? For $30 a credit, maybe single mom could get an associates degree from any community college in SoCal and land a job that isn’t minimum wage. Why we should feel bad for people who are so eager to accept handouts and unwilling take responsibility for their own success is beyond me.

    • Well put jayres. We are witnessing the beginnings of Mill’s “tyranny of the majority”.

      Socialism works, until you run out of other people’s money…

    • Yep, we are now seeing the consequences of our addiction to cheap, undocumented labor. We are left with overcrowding, stagnant wages and a housing inventory need that will never be satisfied.

  9. Additionally, the “middle class” has been getting their asses kicked in this economy for awhile, so if you’re expecting a lot of sympathy you’ll be disappointed. The trust fund hipster myth is a joke and anyone who’s buying in NELA and doing well has and is working their ass off.

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