Los Angeles, CA

Fed. report: U.S. housing crunch hits L.A. hard

March 09, 1999
Strong real estate markets are pushing rents beyond the means of low-income Americans, and Los Angeles residents face the longest wait in the country--10 years--for federal subsidies, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    "The rising economic tide is raising many boats, but it is also drowning some," said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo.  

Agency turns eyesores into 'I own'

February 25, 1999
Daniel Argott Jr. grew up on Remmet Avenue. It's the street where his father was born. His grandfather came to Canoga Park in 1919.
    Despite those deep roots, Argott never thought he'd own a home in the community, because of limited income and his big family.
    But thanks to an innovative new program designed to help low-income families own their own houses, Argott recently fulfilled his dream. 

Housing Center Gets $13,000 for Computers

February 16, 1999
The Los Angeles Family Housing Corp., a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to families, has received a grant of nearly $13,000 to expand its computer center.
    The grant, from Team TECH Los Angeles, will be used for six computers and educational software at the group's North Hollywood site, said Tracy Wallace, development director for the organization.
    Team TECH Los Angeles, a project coordinated by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, IBM, Microsoft and AmeriCorps/VISTA, offers technology grants to youth-serving agencies.  

Would-Be Officers Win Age Bias Suit

February 15, 1999
Lee LaGorio was just shy of 60 and eager to take on a new challenge when he entered the Los Angeles Police Academy in 1995. But the challenge turned into an ordeal, beginning with his dismissal from the academy after being accused of sexual harassment.
     The Woodland Hills grandfather, now 63, believes he was the one harassed. With 64-year-old Dumas Robinson--who had also been fired for allegedly groping female cadets during training--he sued the LAPD for age discrimination, and earlier this month a jury awarded the men a total of $2 million.

Civil Rights Lawyer Ben Margolis Dies at 88

February 08, 1999
Ben Margolis, 88, a highly regarded California civil rights lawyer who helped defend the accused in two celebrated cases of the 1940s and 1950s -- the blacklisted Hollywood 10 and the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial -- died of congestive heart failure January 27 in Portland, Ore.
    He was a 37-year-old labor lawyer in Los Angeles when a group of Hollywood screenwriters and directors accused of being "card-carrying members" of the Communist Party sought his advice on how to handle their appearances before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the powerful panel created by Congress in 1945 to investigate subversive and "un-American" propaganda and activities.

Student Pleads To E-Mailing Threats

February 08, 1999
A college student pleaded guilty Monday to federal civil rights charges that he e-mailed hate messages to dozens of Hispanic professors, students and officials around the country.
    Kingman Quon, 22, pleaded to seven misdemeanor counts of interfering with federally protected activities.
    He was accused of threatening to use force against his victims with the intent to intimidate or interfere with them because of their national origin or ethnic background.
    It was the second federal civil rights prosecution involving e-mailed threats. 

Court: air workers can sue for disability bias

February 04, 1999
Airline and railroad workers can sue for disability discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled in the case of an airline mechanic who said he was fired because he was taking a legal marijuana substitute. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a federal judge's ruling that would have required the mechanic to pursue his case through a grievance with his union, with limited damages. There is no ceiling on damages in the court suit. The court noted that it had previously allowed federally regulated transportation workers to sue for other types of discrimination even when their union contracts contained grievance procedures for discrimination. The mechanic, Spero Saridakis, worked for United Airlines at San Francisco International Airport from 1984 to 1996. 

Study: senior housing creates less traffic, not more

July 20, 1998
It might seem that a housing project full of seniors who need special care would have very few automobiles. Yet critics of new projects often complain that such developments will bring more cars, owned by the employees and relatives who tend to seniors in assisted-living housing.
      But that is not the case, according to a new study conducted by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), which refutes the belief that assisted-living properties generate high volumes of traffic. Dubbed "Assisted Living Residences: A Study of Traffic and Parking Implications," the study finds lower traffic volume and less parking space demand for assisted living properties compared to single-family homes and apartment communities.

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