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Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP) UPDATE

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We are working to answer all your questions on PRHIP as fast as The City of Long Beach provides answers.  Below is all the information that we currently have.

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

LINKS:

Long Beach Development Services Page on PRHIP

REGISTRATION FORM- PER BUILDING!

PRHIP HAND OUT

INFO POSTER

A Copy of Ordinance

The Amended Municipal Ordinance

Find the text of the amended ordinance here: The Amended Municipal Ordinance

 

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What Lies Ahead for the 114th Congress?

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By the time you read this, all of the midterm elections will have been decided and the playing field will be set for the 114th Congress.

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Important State Level Victories

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How’s your summer going so far? Summers were the best when I was growing up. There was no school, fun vacations and not a care in the world. I wish I hadn’t taken those days for granted years ago because things have changed a lot as the years have gone by!

AACSC’s staff, Board and Lobbyist have had their hands full dealing with proposed burdensome legislation this summer. Remember, AACSC puts your membership dues to work to help prevent caustic proposed legislation from getting signed into law. We’ve recently secured a couple of important victories on a State level. The first was getting a proposed bill killed that would have permitted local governments to adopt and enforce ordinances that could require price con trol mandates on new rental housing developments. One of its features would have prohibited property owners from setting rental rates for the new units. If you ran a city and wanted to make sure no developer would have incentive to build new rental housing, this would be the kind of legislation you’d come up with.

The second proposed bill that was thwarted would have forced rental property owners to participate involuntarily in the federal Section 8 Housing Voucher program. The Section 8 program is a good program even though it has some flaws and many landlords embrace it and build their businesses to accept it; but Section 8 is not right for all housing providers and in many cases could be ruinous because of the possibility of long periods of interrupted rental income. There are much better ways to make Section 8 more widely accepted including improving the program’s terms and con ditions. Unfortunately, this defeated bill was an example of a lazy approach by government to ram a sometimes flawed program down the throats of all housing providers. That’s no way to govern and there’s got to be a better way. They could start by initiating a conversation that includes housing providers, fix some of Section 8’s flaws and create incentives to build more low income housing where the vouchers could be accepted. It would take some work, but we’d have a lot better chance of a successful outcome that everyone could embrace. I can’t emphasize how important you, our members, are to these successful efforts. It really does take work from all of us. Thank you for the phone calls to your State representatives. Thank you for your financial contributions from your membership dues to your donations to the PAC. We truly have a team effort and it is much appreciated.

We sure have done some hard work so far this year so why don’t we all take a break and besides celebrating Independence Day on July 4th, join us to celebrate our accomplishments at the AACSC Summer Social!! It’s on Thursday, July 21st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive in Long Beach. I also think it would be a great idea to use the opportunity to invite our friends who aren’t members yet to register and come out and meet their fellow housing providers and talk about the important work we all do. Please register as many friends as you’d like and then help us get them to join AACSC!

July 2016

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I would be remiss if I did not begin by wishing each of you a Happy 4th of July. As I thought about what to write I kept coming back to the reason that we celebrate the 4th of July. Of course it represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. Apart from that little detail that July 4th actually represented the approval of the final wording of the Declaration—it was originally given to the Continental Congress on July 2nd. You see, even back then they needed to approve all the edits and changes. But I digress—suffice it to say, we have been celebrating this day for 240 years.

But looking back at the past and the lessons we have learned also makes me think about those lessons we still have yet to learn. So this month I am honoring the past and present and looking forward to the future.

The past few months have been sprinkled by loss and sadness in a few ways. First, I want to acknowledge the passing of another of our AACSC Past Presidents, Phil Dauk. I cannot tell you how many calls I received from members who knew him and wanted to share their memories. It is at those times when things like the passing of a loved one reminds us of who we might lose and how petty we can all be at times with those we love. But he was loved by many of you, and for that I am grateful that you had that connection with Phil and his wife, Billie.

We also recently learned of the passing of past Board Member, long-time member and supporter of AACSC Oliver Conner. Our condolences go out to both the Dauk and Conner families.

This brings me to the present tragedy that happened in Florida. To hear about this day after day and the stories and lives of those who were killed brought tears to my eyes. How does a person justify taking the lives of so many when we live in a country where there is free speech? The LGBT community was the target, and to simply say it shouldn’t have happened is just too little. I love this community, but we are so much more than just one community, we are individuals and no matter our belief, we must respect each other and allow for our differences to be expressed.

So many lessons still need to be learned, but it was important for me to acknowledge in this issue that we still have the opportunity to choose. So please be good to each other. Peace.

AB 1448 (Lopez)

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How often have you experienced what you thought was an “ironclad commitment” only to have the agreement go south in the stealth of night?

 

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