Metro buses to go all-electric; Ellis Act evictions on the rise; Dodgers go punk with “X” celebration

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Morning Report

  • Metro’s more than 2,300 gas-powered buses will be replaced by an electric-powered fleet by 2030 under a proposal approved by the agency’s board. KPCC
  • A social justice group says that the number of Ellis Act evictions in the City of L.A. is running twice as high as last year. There were 638 Ellis Act evictions during the first half of the year compared to 294 during the same period last year. L.A. Weekly
  • Councilman Bob Blumenfield wants the city to look into offering waste pumping services to people living in the more than 2,000 RVs and campers parked on city streets. Curbed L.A.
  • Exene Cervenka will toss the ceremonial first pitch and John Doe will sing the National Anthem as the Dodgers honor the punk band “X” during the Aug. 16 game against the Chicago White Sox. L.A. Times

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  1. The idea of forcing private apartment owners to subsidize rent is completely rediculous. If the city of LA wants to subsidize rent, it should be paid by everyone in the city – put it to vote which would require an increase in sales and if it passes, everyone pays – that’s fair!

    • On the surface, it does sound ridiculous to force property owners to subsidize rents. Using the same logic, it may also sound ridiculous to force business owners to pay a higher minimum wage. And it also sounds ridiculous to expect middle-income people to pay close to a millions dollars for a modest, 2-bedroom home, without parking, and to continue to tolerate homeless men defecating in their yards and sleeping on the sidewalks. It sounds ridiculous to expect that we can fill a city only with middle to high income earners who can afford these new developments. It sounds ridiculous that we can expect to live in a city without the people to provide the services that we need fulfilled because a developer with a lot of cash wanted to make a lot more cash regardless of the lives destroyed. Sooner or later, something has got to give. Pick which “ridiculous” you can live with.

      • Your position may be a bit simplistic and you really missed my point on rent control. Simply put, market rent would be paid to the apartment owner and the difference between the “rent controlled” price and market rent would be paid through an increase in sales tax which the entire city of LA would contribute. Let’s put it to vote and if it wins, let’s implement it because we should all be responsible for providing affordable housing, not just private landlords.

        And FYI, there are LOTS of affordable cities in America where you don’t have to pay a million dollars for an entry home. You can fix your own problems with a little time and effort.

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