Frogtown Fights Gentrification

Frogtown Fights Gentrification

  Residents of Elysian Valley in Los Angeles are campaigning against developers who they say are changing the landscape of the community.   Elysian Valley, also known as “frogtown,” is a neighborhood of over 7,700 residents in Central Los Angeles.  With the announcement of the $1 billion restoration project for the Los Angeles River, many residents felt the pressure of new investment and development in the community, causing them to organize for lower density. Activists are renewing the drive for neighborhood preservation with the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, a ballot measure that fights overdevelopment and it’s dramatic negative effects.  The citizen...Read more
The Vote on AB 2502

The Vote on AB 2502

  A new bill is going before the assembly which some argue violates the Costa-Hawkins law.   “Rent Control” is a type of municipal law aimed at mitigating the disruptive effect of escalating or fluctuating rental market prices on neighborhoods and individual renters, as well as to promote the maintenance of safe and habitable dwelling units in tight markets with housing shortages.  For instance, San Francisco’s Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance (SFRO), was enacted as an emergency ordinance, amending the San Francisco Administrative Code in 1979, and acknowledged that, in the face of significant increases prior to rent control, "some...Read more
Zoning

Zoning

Zoning of real property affects the legal land use of a parcel or area.  Learn how to identify zoning types and the permissions and restrictions associated with them. What is Zoning? Most communities in the United States are governed by zoning laws.  Zoning laws are the regulations and/or restrictions for land use.  These guidelines are established by officials at the local level and divide the city or county into different geographic zones, identifying what uses can and cannot be made on each parcel.  The overall objective of zoning is to protect public health, safety, and welfare, to promote compatibility between various...Read more