The Los Angeles City Council will be back in session Wednesday, April 22, to take up a proposed renters relief program, legislation aimed at prohibiting evictions during the COVID-19 crisis and other matters.
The agenda for the meeting, to be held via teleconferencing, includes other items related to the city’s response to the public-health crisis.
Regular meetings have been canceled as physical-distancing measures were put into place amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As with two previous meetings in March, the 15-member council will use the teleconferencing application Zoom to patch in members. After initial problems with pranksters “bombing” the meeting with porn and partisan political messages, the city has worked to prevent such interruptions.
Residents will be given time to offer live public comment. They can participate by calling (669) 900-6833, and dialing the meeting ID 459 499 150 and pressing #.
The meeting can also be viewed online here.
Major items on Wednesday’s agenda include:
A package aimed at giving relief to renters and property owners:
- Evictions moratorium (item 39): a proposal on “prohibiting the termination of a tenancy during the city of Los Angeles State of Emergency that was declared on March 4, 2020.”
- Paying back rent using consumer debt, as a way to prevent evictions (item 38): the proposal calls for “classifying unpaid rent as consumer debt, not subject to the unlawful detainer process and allowing landlords and tenants to create temporary rent reduction agreements.”
- Freeze on rent hikes (item 37): proposal on “freezing rent increases during the city of Los Angeles State of Emergency that was declared on March 4, 2020.”
- Emergency renters relief (item 66): a proposal to set up an “emergency renters relief program established to assist renters facing financial difficulties with rent subsidies as a program component of the city’s eviction defense program.”
- Comprehensive mortgage and rent relief (item 61): a resolution to state the city’s position on “legislative, administrative or executive action that would establish a comprehensive rent and mortgage relief program for people impacted by COVID-19.”
- Funding for rent relief (item 62): A resolution to state the city’s position on “additional federal funding that could be used to support a rent relief program to assist residents in paying rent due during the declaration of local emergency.”
- Mortgage payment relief (item 58): a resolution stating the city’s position on “mortgage payment relief conditioned on a corresponding rental suspension for rental properties and implementing a combined mortgage and rental payment suspension program during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 emergency.”
- Housing relief (item 59): a resolution stating the city’s position on “legislation or administrative action that would provide billions of dollars to support housing relief funds to relieve the impacts of COVID-19.”
- Responsible banking (item 28): on the city doing business with “financial institutions that are providing maximum protections to property owners and renters during the COVID-19 emergency.”
Other responses to COVID-19:
- Transportation to homeless shelters (item 34): A proposal to relative to use “DASH, LAnow, and Commuter Express buses to assist homeless service providers and to transport clients to shelter intake sites.”
- Price gouging (item 11): An ordinance related to “excessive price increases and excessive accumulation of supplies for resale at inflated prices during a state of emergency.”
- Relief for undocumented residents (item 33): Motion would tell city staffers to “review the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, and report with recommendations on how the city can address any federal assistance gaps and resources for undocumented people.
- Hotel and motel lodging for first responders (item 57): a proposal related to “contracting with hotels, motels, and other lodging providers for space to house first responders exposed to COVID-19 for required and self-isolation.”
- UCLA study (item 50): a motion related to “University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative, and possible funding opportunities.”
- A resolution to certify the March 3, 2020, election results for seven Los Angeles City Council seats and four Los Angeles Unified School District board seats (Item 29).
- Closed session items on two ongoing court cases related to homeless encampment sweeps, and another on sheltering and housing people who are homeless.
- Items elated to projects such as greenways and pocket parks, cannabis business enforcement, census-related funding and airport/seaport business.