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3108, 2023

Consumers Beware: Luther Burbank Savings is Engaging in Deceptive Lending Practices

By |August 31st, 2023|

Beware of predatory mortgage lenders…small landowners are being bullied by mid-size banks, like Luther Burbank Savings, which has a Westside branch in Beverly Hills, with reported assets of $7.9 Billion, by assessing unlawful penalties and employing tactics intended to confuse and take advantage of vulnerable borrowers. Compounding matters, LBS is being acquired by Washington Federal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WAFD), and its almost $21 Billion in assets according to recent reports.

1108, 2023

Mike Bonin on Barrington Plaza: Los Angeles Must Act to Halt Mass Eviction

By |August 11th, 2023|

As rising eviction rates cause fear of yet another spike in homelessness and housing insecurity, hundreds of renters in West L.A. are about to be thrown out of their homes in the largest mass eviction in Los Angeles in decades. It would set a dangerous precedent – and it is based on lies and fraud. Corporate real estate giant Douglas Emmett Inc. is pushing to evict every tenant from the 712 rent-regulated units of Barrington Plaza. These are middle- and working-class families, seniors, and young professionals getting a start in life. They include rideshare drivers, retail employees, nurses, social workers, and school teachers. Some have lived there for decades.

606, 2023

Bill Burke Leaves a Huge Legacy in the Improvement of Air Quality

By |June 6th, 2023|

Not too long ago, the air in Southern California was visibly bad. Skies were yellow, downtown skyscrapers were obscured and some people even took to wearing gas masks to venture out.  Surrounded on most sides by hills and mountains, the emissions generated by our dependence on automobiles created a perfect storm for smog to stagnate. Faced with the daunting challenge of the worst air quality in the nation, the call to improve air quality was crucial to the health of the population at large and to people living in low-income areas in particular. The dire situation called for comprehensive solutions and bold leadership.

Consumers Beware: Luther Burbank Savings is Engaging in Deceptive Lending Practices

By |August 31st, 2023|

Beware of predatory mortgage lenders…small landowners are being bullied by mid-size banks, like Luther Burbank Savings, which has a Westside branch in Beverly Hills, with reported assets of $7.9 Billion, by assessing unlawful penalties and employing tactics intended to confuse and take advantage of vulnerable borrowers. Compounding matters, LBS is being acquired by Washington Federal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WAFD), and its almost $21 Billion in assets according to recent reports.

Mike Bonin on Barrington Plaza: Los Angeles Must Act to Halt Mass Eviction

By |August 11th, 2023|

As rising eviction rates cause fear of yet another spike in homelessness and housing insecurity, hundreds of renters in West L.A. are about to be thrown out of their homes in the largest mass eviction in Los Angeles in decades. It would set a dangerous precedent – and it is based on lies and fraud. Corporate real estate giant Douglas Emmett Inc. is pushing to evict every tenant from the 712 rent-regulated units of Barrington Plaza. These are middle- and working-class families, seniors, and young professionals getting a start in life. They include rideshare drivers, retail employees, nurses, social workers, and school teachers. Some have lived there for decades.

Bill Burke Leaves a Huge Legacy in the Improvement of Air Quality

By |June 6th, 2023|

Not too long ago, the air in Southern California was visibly bad. Skies were yellow, downtown skyscrapers were obscured and some people even took to wearing gas masks to venture out.  Surrounded on most sides by hills and mountains, the emissions generated by our dependence on automobiles created a perfect storm for smog to stagnate. Faced with the daunting challenge of the worst air quality in the nation, the call to improve air quality was crucial to the health of the population at large and to people living in low-income areas in particular. The dire situation called for comprehensive solutions and bold leadership.

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