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Tenant groups are collecting signatures to repeal Costa Hawkins rent control law

Signature gatherers are headed to neighborhoods “heavily hit by... rapidly rising rents” Signature-gathering will pick up steam this weekend in an effort put a measure on the state ballot asking California voters to repeal Costa Hawkins, a law that limits cities’ abilities to expand rent control. The campaign kicked off last month with paid signature gatherers, but will expand this weekend with “hundreds, hopefully, eventually, thousands of volunteers,” says Walt Se...
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Construction could start this year on LAX people mover

Work could begin on the project this year Work could soon begin on a new people mover system at LAX that promises to relieve some of the stress of pickups and drop-offs at the notoriously congested airport. A new video released Thursday by the airport predicts that construction on the project will begin this year, keeping it on track to open in 2023. The Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport Commissioners on Thursday selected a team of companies called LAX Integrated Express Solutions to b...
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Next to Pershing Square, sun-soaked condo asks $449K

The building has a rooftop pool If you want to live in the heart of all of the action, the corner of Fifth and Broadway in transit-friendly Downtown LA is a good place to call home. That’s where this one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo is located. It’s steps from Pershing Square and The Last Bookstore, an easy walk to the breezy rooftop at Ace Hotel, and less than half a mile to the restaurants at both Grand Central Market and the Spring Arcade Building. At 650 square feet, the unit is c...
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Boyle Heights mariachis, landlord cut deal ending months-long rent strike

The deal could be a model for other LA renters to follow After a months-long struggle, renters living in a Boyle Heights apartment complex close to Mariachi Plaza have reached an agreement with the building’s owner and property management company allowing them to remain in their residences. On Thursday, a coalition of community groups that had attached themselves to the tenants’ cause celebrated a unique deal with the building’s landlord, resolving a rent strike that began near...
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Car-dominated Western is about to get more walkable 

Colorful public art, seating, more shade The stretch of Western Avenue between Melrose and Third Street is known for its furniture stores, Korean barbecue joints, and the country’s oddest Kentucky Fried Chicken outpost. A wide, busy LA artery, Western serves as the northern gateway to Koreatown, but it isn’t very inviting to people who aren’t in cars. This summer, the corridor will add colorful streetscape changes as part of a project named Welcome to Western. According to El...
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Construction starts on seven-story Skid Row housing complex

Funded through Measure HHH With a cadre of local officials beaming nearby, construction got started Thursday on an ambitious new affordable apartment complex in Skid Row. Called the Six Four Nine Lofts, the complex will go up at the intersection of Seventh and Wall streets, rising seven stories and bringing 55 units of housing and a new medical clinic to the area. The project is among the first developments to be funded through Measure HHH—a ballot initiative approved by Los Angeles voters...
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Metro moves forward with plan to widen the 710 freeway

Opponents call the project a “1950s-era solution” to congestion on the busy route A Metro committee forwarded a $6-billion plan to widen much of the 710 freeway to the full Metro Board of Directors Wednesday. The agency’s Ad Hoc Congestion, Highways, and Roads Committee reviewed a version of the widening project that would expand a 19-mile stretch of freeway running from the 405 to the 60 to five lanes in each direction. Two truck bypass lanes would also be constructed in eithe...
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Romantic Spanish-style in Palm Springs can be yours for $1.39M

There’s no butterfly roof here. Palm Springs is most closely linked with midcentury modern, but, in the Mesa, there’s a charming mix of architectural styles—as evidenced by this Spanish Colonial Revival beauty with its clay tile roof. The neighborhood is tucked into the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, and this property affords nice views of the range. Inside, instead of glass walls, you’ll find tiled floors, arched entryways, multiple wood-burning fireplaces, and ...
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32-story condo tower near Ace Hotel is making headway

The project would replace a parking lot with nearly 240 for-sale units After years of waiting, plans for Downtown developer Barry Shy is closing in on all the approvals needed to build a 32-story tower near Ace Hotel. The project’s design and scope were unanimously approved by the city planning commission in December, Kate Bartolo, the project’s land use and development consultant, tells Curbed. Bartolo estimates that the final two hearings will take place sometime in mid-spring of ...
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Revamped Hotel Figueroa is set to finally reopen

Those beloved Moroccan interiors have received a subdued, contemporary makeover After a hiatus of more than two years, Downtown’s Hotel Figueroa reopens Monday. Desk staff confirmed that the hotel, shuttered for a remodel since November 2015, will welcome guests starting next week. (It was previously expected to open in the fall of 2016.) Hotel Figueroa is debuting a fresh remodel, replacing the hotel’s famous Moroccan interiors with a look that, photos show, is more contemporary, l...
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