Lyn Jensen's Blog: Manga, Music, and Politics

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Location: Anaheim, California, United States

Regular contributor ("Carson City Limits" and other content) for Random Lengths (circulation 56,000) in San Pedro, CA, 2001-present. Manga reviewer: LA Alternative (circulation 150,000), 2005-2006. Some manga reviews also ran in NY Press around this time. Entertainment reporting: Music Connection (circulation 75,000), 1983-1906. Travel writing: Oakland Tribune (1998) and Life After 50 (2006). Other bylines: Goldmine, Star Hits, Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press Telegram, Blade, BAM, Daily Breeze, LA Weekly. Specializations include community news reporting, writing reviews (book, theater, concert, film, music), copywriting, resumes, editing, travel writing, publicity, screenwriting, lecturing, and content development. Education: B. A. Theater Arts, UCLA. Post-grad work, Education, Chapman University.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Random Lengths 11/2/18: My Article on Rent Control

Random Lengths News (the website) ran my story in which I compared rent control efforts at the state level (Prop. 10, which was defeated 11/6) with the local level (City of Carson and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors):

Hyperlink added 11/26/18--as above link no longer seems to work:

Here's the lede:
On the Nov. 6 ballot, and at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the issue of rent control is being tackled. Voters around the state are considering Proposition 10, titled the “Affordable Housing Act,” which if passed would repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Under Costa-Hawkins, no county or city may implement rent control on single family homes or apartments built after 1995. When passed by the legislature, its sole purpose was to protect the real estate industry from rent control. It did not nullify local rent control laws entirely but municipalities cannot enforce rent control on any buildings built after 1995. The law does not apply to mobile home parks.

At the local level, the board of supervisors is addressing rent control for both mobile homes and apartments. On Sept. 4 they voted 3-1 to adopt an interim ordinance to impose a 180-day (six-month) moratorium on rent increases in excess of three percent for the 86 mobile home parks in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The 180 days started in early October.