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City Council makes it harder to remove rent-controlled apartments; emergency homeless shelters can now operate all year

Eastside Scene: Green on green, Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

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  • The City Council adopted new measures to make it harder for owners of rent-controlled apartments to demolish or remove their units from the market under the Ellis Act, reports Curbed L.A. The state law permits landlords to evict tenants when they plan to demolish the apartments or turn them into condos or other uses. Nearly 1,400 rent-controlled units were removed from the market last year under the Ellis Act, which tenant advocates say exacerbates the city’s already tight and expensive rental market.
  • Churches and nonprofit groups will be able to open emergency shelters year around without special city approval after the City Council declared a homeless shelter crises. KPCC
  • Built-in GPS devices and national bike registries are some of the methods being used to combat bicycle theft. L.A. Times Opinion

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