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Who Wins and Loses with Supreme Court’s Gerrymandering Case

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The use of the “Disparate Impact” theory to enforce fair housing compliance in California

 

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September 2016

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It’s back to school time and our freeways are once again slowing down — wait, we live in Los Angeles, did anyone really see a relief in our traffic patterns over the summer? Nevertheless, we love where we live and the California Dreamin’ weather we are known for.

But weather aside, September is also Trade Show time—a time for our industry to celebrate those who work to keep our properties functioning, our tenants happy and to learn about all the NEW and INNOVATIVE products that will make our lives easier and save you money in the long run.

To start the day, AACSC will be honoring the best in the industry at the Rental Housing Industry Awards Breakfast. I hope your nominations were submitted in time, as this will be another momentous event and the best way to Salute Our Stars!

One thing that’s true is change. In and of itself, change is hard for many of us to wrap our arms around. But change will happen with or without us. If you tuned in to KTLA Channel 5 recently, you saw a brief segment with our Keynote Speaker, Ed Begley, Jr. and the amazing transformation of his home. Talk about change!

AACSC is excited to bring him here to Long Beach to share some of the simple strategies that all of us can use to help our environment. I stress the word SIMPLE here because many things we do without thinking impact the world around us. I look forward to having you join us for learning, entertainment and fun! This is sure to be a GREAT lunch. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to WIN LUNCH WITH ED, and all in attendance will also receive a coupon book of specials worth over $2,000! You can only get this if you attend the lunch. So, hop to it and join us in the Seaside Ballroom.

Make your reservation today!

WHAT’s NEW?! This year Tom was working hard to bring us NEW VENDORS and he did a great job, so don’t miss out.

There are lots of great new products, services and companies to visit. Here are just a few of our NEWEST Vendors:

• Sensor Industries
• Saber
• Apartment SEO
• Living Property Management and so many more for you to explore!

I would be remiss if I did not also recognize our sponsors: RTI Properties, Jim’s Floor Covering, Accuplan Benefits Services, California Safety Agency and Exchange Right Real Estate. AACSC appreciates your continued support. See you on the 15th, where “It’s Easy Going Green!”

Note: There will not be a membership meeting in September but will return in October for our Annual Membership Meeting and Director Elections.

A Personal Story

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While on a Southwest flight recently, I had the good fortune to sit next to Josephine. She is 76 years young, impeccably dressed and looking forward to seeing her relatives in Brevard, North Carolina, for the first time in many years. She told me she can’t really travel much any more — doctor’s orders. She needs a walker to get around, has rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and takes over 50 medications every day, but she decided to ignore the doctor this one time. The lady has a lot of courage and the gift of gab. She talked for most of the four-hour flight. One of the earliest female graduates of Fisk University, she had a business career, met and married, and survives a wonderful handsome husband. She had a child of her own but lost him a few years ago. She adopted two children and until recently was raising one of her grandchildren. She had her smart phone out the whole time sharing apps she likes and many family photos. It would be hard not to like this lady.

We also found out that we live about ten minutes from each other. Josephine rents a comfortable one-bedroom apartment in Bixby Knolls for $825 per month. I let her know that I thought her rent was extremely reasonable, and she agreed. She said that when she moved in four years ago, she explained to her landlord that she was on a fixed income and didn’t want her rent going up. “The landlord has never raised the rent,” she exclaimed.

In Long Beach, and most surrounding cities, market forces and personal decisions about what to charge for rent give housing providers a lot of latitude. Josephine’s rent was below market for sure, but was she getting a steal by accident? I don’t think so. There are many ways to help people in need. Americans are famous for donating money and supplies to people in crisis. We donate to charities like the United Way or the Salvation Army. We can even choose to keep our rents below market for people like Josephine as a way to donate on a more personal level.

You have the flexibility to do that in a free market if you choose to. Don’t expect that in a heavily regulated market, however. Cities like Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica heavily regulate the rental housing industry. That regulation gives incentive and really forces housing providers to raise rents as much as possible. It should be no surprise then that rents in those cities are some of the highest anywhere, and the poor families are slowly getting squeezed out. We’re not there yet in the cities served by AACSC. Let’s keep it that way.

Warning: New Pesticide Law Applies to Landlords

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A new state law requiring landlords to provide tenants notice whenever any over-the-counter (OTC) pesticide or herbicide is applied to the property by anyone other than a licensed pest control operator goes into effect January 1, 2016. The following Q & A helps explain the new law.

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PRHIP Registration Due 12/31/15

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The deadline for PRHIP applications is December 31st, 2015.

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