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Archive for January, 2018

The Race is On to Collect 62,000 Signatures to Defeat the LA Trash Monopoly

Posted on 24. Jan, 2018 by .

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What Will the Trash Monopoly Ballot Initiative Do?

  • It will repeal the exclusive franchise and stop their price-gouging monopoly.

  • It will repeal the requirement that a hauler be a union company or have a “Labor Peace Agreement” with a union.

  • It will remove forced recycling and fines; voluntary recycling will still be encouraged.

  • It will protect the business owner against fees or penalties for not participating in the city’s program.

All haulers will still be required to meet State Environmental requirements.

We NEED 62,000 original signatures from registered voters in the City of Los Angeles to put this initiative on the ballot to repeal the corrupt trash monopoly.  The petition is in English and Spanish, as required by the LA City Clerk, and each petition is 22 pages with space for 100 signatures.  Click the Ballot Initiative button below to download a copy of the petition.

IMPORTANT:  When printing or circulating the petition, it must be kept intact.  Even if you only collect one (1) signature, it must include all 22 pages.  ONLY ORIGINAL SIGNATURES WILL BE ACCEPTED – DIGITAL SIGNATURES ARE NOT ALLOWED.

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED VOTER IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES TO SIGN AND/OR CIRCULATE THE PETITION.

There are four (4) mandatory sections for those signing:

  1. Printed Name

  2. Address

  3. Signature

  4. Date

  5. *Birthdate is optional and is used to verify the signature.

ALL INFORMATION MUST BE ENTERED BY THE PETITION SIGNER AND MAY NOT BE ENTERED BY THE CIRCULATOR OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL.

The declaration page at the end is required to be completed by the individual who circulated the petition, and/or the sole signer of the petition.

The due date to return all signatures is March 30th, 2018.  However, please submit intact petitions with all the signatures that you have on February 15th, to help gauge the pace of collection and give us the time to generate more assistance, if needed.  Do NOT fax or email signed petitions – the entire petition with original signatures must be returned to:

Apartment Owners Association
Attention:  Dan Faller
6445 Sepulveda Blvd Ste 300
Van Nuys, CA 91411

If you have any questions, please call Dan at (818) 988-9200 or email Cris at cris@aoausa.com.

What Else Can Be Done?

As you may know, in addition to the Ballot Initiative, AOA has filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of landlords and business owners.  As you can imagine, lawsuits do cost money.  Donate today to help keep the fight going to benefit you, fellow landlords and business owners.

If you have experienced an outrageous price hike, please fill out a declaration, and send it to Dan Faller at AOA, 6445 Sepulveda Blvd Ste 300, Van Nuys, CA 91411 or email it to dan@aoausa.com.  We need as many of these declarations as possible to help win the lawsuit that AOA has filed against the city for this totally unfair and unethical trash monopoly.

Contact the Los Angeles Sanitation Customer Care Center 24/7 to lodge your complaint about this program.  Their phone number is (800) 773-2489.

Please make sure you contact the mayor and your councilpersons regarding your troubles due to this new law.  If you have already contacted them, contact them again – let them know this fight is not going away!

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL EVERYONE

Mayor of Los Angeles

Eric GarcettiCity Hall, 200 N. Spring Street Rm #303, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 - mayor.garcetti@lacity.org – (213) 978-0600

Mailing address for All City Council Members
City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street (Rm #), Los Angeles, CA 90012

District 1 – Gil Cedillo: councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org or room 460 – (213) 473-7001 or (323) 550-1538

District 2 – Paul Krekorian: councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org or  room 435 – (213) 473-7002 or (818) 755-7676

District 3 – Bob Blumenfield: councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org or room 415 – (213) 473-7003 or (818) 774-4330

District 4 – David Ryu: david.ryu@lacity.org or room 425 – (213) 473-7004 or (323) 957-6415

District 5 – Paul Koretz: paul.koretz@lacity.org or room 440 – (213) 473-7005 or (323) 866-1828

District 6 – Nury Martinez: councilmember.martinez@lacity.org or room 470 – (213) 473-7006 or (818) 778-4999

District 7 – Councilwoman Elect Monica Rodriguez: rosie.cruz@lacity.org or  room 455 – (213) 473-7007 or (818) 756-8409

District 8 – Marqueece Harris- Dawson: councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org or room 450 – (213) 473-7008 or (213) 485-7616

District 9 – Curren Price: councilmember.price@lacity.org or room 420 – (213) 473-7008 or (213) 485-7616

District 10 – Herb Wesson (President): councilmember.wesson@lacity.org or room 430 – (213) 473-7010 or (323) 733-8233

District 11 – Mike Bonin: councilmember.bonin@lacity.org or room 475 – (213) 473-7011 or (310) 575-8461

District 12 – Mitchell Englander (President pro tempore): councilmember.englander@lacity.org or room 405

District 13 - Mitch O’Farrell: councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org or room 480 – (213) 473-7013 or (213) 207-3015

District 14 - Jose Huizar: councilmember.huizar@lacity.org or room 465 – (213) 473-7014 or (323) 526-9332

District 15 – Joe Buscaino: councildistrict15@lacity.org or room 410 – (213) 473-7015 or (310) 732-4515

 

Take a look at this member’s

Letter to the Mayor Regarding the Trash Monopoly and this

Second Letter to the Mayor Regarding the Trash Monopoly!

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Letters to the Editor…TRASH MONOPOLY IS RUBBISH!

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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The below letter was sent to:

Dear Mayor Garcetti and Councilpersons:

For over three months we’ve been dealing with this terrible trash problem at Regent St., Los Angeles.   This is only one of the many sites where we have trash collection problems with Athens Services!  The new city garbage monopoly has radically increased the fees while eroding trash services.

Attached please see the photos taken today demonstrating Athens Service’s total disregard of their obligations!

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Understanding the Impact of Late Rent – by Lori Hammond

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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How is a property affected by late rent? Unpaid rent obviously affects a property’s financial performance. It’s lost or at least delayed revenue. Expenses related to unpaid rent are filing fees, court costs and attorneys.  The impact on the property exceeds these financial costs.  [...]

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Government Intervention is Wrong! Open Letter to Jan Perry – by Michael Millman, Esq.

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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Dear Ms. Perry:

Thank you for your excellent leadership in connection with promoting affordable housing and opportunities for small family-owned apartment owners to continue to operate within the City of Los Angeles.

As you’re certainly aware, having served for many years on the Los Angeles City Council “Housing Committee”, many of your friends do not believe that the current Rent Stabilization program is fair.  For example:  [...]

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Legislature Passes, Governor Signs 15 Housing-Related Bills – by Deborah Lopez, SPOSFI Business Member15

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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The 2017 legislative year has come to a close, with the California Legislature passing a total of 977 bills. The Governor signed 859 of them and vetoed 118. Blessed with a Democratic super-majority, Governor Brown had good reason to be pleased with what he was able to accomplish.

San Francisco’s state representatives had a good year, too. Senator Scott Wiener had 12 bills signed into law, with eight still wending their way through a two year process. Assemblyman David Chiu, another prolific lawmaker, co-authored some of the bills and had some of his own signed into law. [...]

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TRASH MONOPOLY IS EXTORTION!

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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The below letter was sent to Councilman Krekorian:

Last Friday, I had two “mafia-like” enforcers enter my office and tell me that if I wanted to continue to do business in my neighborhood, (your district 2), I would have to do business exclusively with them.  They proceeded to give me extortion pricing for their services and told me I had no choice but to comply or I would face severe repercussions.  They claimed that they represented a company called Waste Management, but clearly this is just a “mob-like” front since no legal private company is allowed a monopoly, price fixing, or threatening customers with repercussions if they don’t “buy” services.  As they left, they mentioned that I would be hearing from their boss, a Mr. Garcetzioni or Garcetti, or something like that.  The Justice Department has long prosecuted this kind of behavior, but they insisted it was now legal. I was left feeling incredibly upset with my rights violated. [...]

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Legal Q & A – by Richard Beckman

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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Question 1: Are there any new laws for 2017 we should know about? [...]

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MrLandlord.com Tips on Management (Shared by Landlords Nationwide) – by Jeff Taylor, Mr. Landlord

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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Target Markets

One landlord on our Q&A Forum, known as NE (PA), was getting extremely frustrated with trying to increase the rent prices with his properties. His concern was that all renters were interested in was the price, price, price.

My Response: I would dare say that you are focusing on the wrong thing. Your focus should not be “price, price, and price”. If your priority is higher rents, your focus should be figuring out how to reach out (and cater) to the right target market, target market, target market. Here’s part of the discussion that followed, with a couple of other landlords chiming in. [...]

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28 New Year’s Resolutions and New Laws for Landlords – by Patricia A. Harris

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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AOA Consultants get calls daily from our members with a variety of problems; some unfortunately after our owners are already in trouble.  Please use the below as a guide to easier management, money-saving ideas and to avoid potential legal problems in the New Year.   Our goal is your continued success! [...]

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Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block

Posted on 01. Jan, 2018 by .

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Question One: Am I obligated to give a receipt to my tenant, when the rental payment is made by a personal check? I never receive a receipt when I pay my property taxes or if I make a mortgage payment.
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