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More than 500 protest for renter protection, affordable housing

first_imgIn addition, the group presented a list of 100 buildings in which tenants are considered at risk for eviction by unscrupulous landlords, condo conversions or demolitions. “We know they’re going to have to do a little thinking. We’re going to give them a week and that’s it,” Hurd said. But the groups’ protest was met with lukewarm response from city leaders, who have been trying to balance the needs of both tenants and landlords. “There are ways to get your point across. I don’t know how well their point was received,” said Councilman Herb Wesson, who heads the Council’s Housing and Economic Development Committee. “A citywide housing policy is something that has to be thought out in a methodical way.” A spokesman for Villaraigosa said Helmi Hisserich, the deputy mayor for housing, will meet with affordable-housing advocates to discuss their demands. Angry tenants and homeless residents filled the City Council chambers Wednesday, pounding the lectern and calling for more renter protections and affordable housing in Los Angeles. More than 500 people protested inside and outside City Hall and presented a list of demands including a moratorium on condo conversions, a citywide housing policy and a requirement that developers include affordable units in their projects. “Something has to be done. We’re talking about hundreds of units where people are being evicted all the time. Where are these people going to go?” said Alvivon Hurd, a downtown resident who belongs to ACORN, a low-income housing advocacy group. She and others demanded that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council adopt stronger policies to build and protect affordable housing. “In many ways, we’re already on the same page,” spokesman Gil Duran said. “Everybody wants to see more affordable housing and see it built much more rapidly.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Inspirational teachers, one 92, get plaques on Walk of Hearts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWith the addition of Friday’s teachers, the educators version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame now boasts 25 plaques along the sidewalks of Sherman Way, between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. The plaques feature a design of laurel leaves set in the shape of a heart, with an apple in the right corner. Among those honored was Herman Katz, credited with helping Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa finish high school and encouraging him to go on to college. Villaraigosa, who nominated Katz for the award, said Katz never gave up on him. The teacher encouraged him to take higher-level reading classes, motivated him to take his SAT exam, then encouraged him to go to college. “He took a liking to me and an interest in me,” Villaraigosa said. “This is the guy who turned my life around. This is the guy who gave me a shot.” “He was the kid with a lot of potential who wasn’t doing a lot,” Katz said. “He gives me a lot more credit than I deserve.” The teachers were nominated by students and administrators. Other teachers honored included Laura Aguilera, a math instructor at the Pacoima Skill Center who helps those who have difficulty with numbers; Donnamae Huberman, a former Granada Hills and El Camino High School science teacher known for sharing life stories that made her popular among students; and Scott King, a third-generation teacher and coach who has led track and field teams to more than 1,000 victories. In addition, Edward Moreno, a community leader with a long list of service who has taught children from the seventh to 12th grades, and college students at California State University; Fran Pikhart, who teaches children who are confined to homes because of illnesses; and Paul D. White, who has focused on teaching high-risk teens and helping schools become drug-free campuses. “This is a dream come true because teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Joe Andrews, founder and president of the Walk of Hearts Foundation. “There’s no question that our society is better because of our teachers.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – At 92, Eleanor Bralver’s honors, awards and accomplishments can fill several single-spaced pages. But it was the accolades she received Friday night that made the Sylmar High School teacher realize her commitment to education will live on forever. “It’s been a labor of love,” said Bralver, who plans to retire in June, ending a seven-decade career that began in 1935 in Detroit. “This award is perpetual.” The Walk of Hearts Foundation honored Bralver along with seven other teachers from the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere in Los Angeles during a ceremony at the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park. last_img read more

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