LA Tenants Union Endorses Yes on S

Respected tenants group overwhelming supports Measure S

The LA Tenants Union, a highly respected, citywide tenants rights group, has endorsed Measure S, noting that members "recognize that the majority of Angelenos are renters yet the city is openly hostile to them."

In a press statement, the LA Tenants Union said it "voted overwhelmingly to support Measure S."

The organization further stated it knows "that L.A.’s housing crisis is not a crisis of number of units, but of affordability, displacement, and a rigged system.

"Tenants who support Measure S represent the diversity of those most affected: low-income, seniors on fixed incomes, homeless, working families, LGBT tenants, single-mothers, young professionals, artists, and disabled tenants. Many of these tenants depend on rent-stabilized housing to be able to remain in neighborhoods like Hollywood, Downtown, Leimert Park, Boyle Heights, North Hollywood, or Echo Park.

"The market-rate units that often replace theirs are inaccessible and unprotected.

"Los Angeles has proven that it is not yet able to practice development without displacement. Imagined housing construction of the future relies on today’s practices of mass eviction and harassment.

"Nevertheless, those opposed to Measure S continue to bombard tenants with hypothetical scenarios and false claims meant to scare Angelenos from standing up for their right to safe and affordable housing."

Read the LA Tenants Union full statement -- in English and Spanish.

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