Santa Monica landlords sue Rent Control Board

first_imgHomeNewsSanta Monica landlords sue Rent Control Board   May. 28, 2016 at 6:20 amNewsSanta Monica landlords sue Rent Control Board  Matthew Hall5 years agocaliforniacity of santa monicalandloards sue rent control boardlandlordsLos AngelesNewsrent controlrent control boardrentingSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica landlordssanta monica newssanta monica rent controlsanta monica rent control board A coalition of apartment owners has sued the Rent Control Board alleging the board’s prohibition on charging tenants for water use is a violation of state vacancy decontrol laws.Representatives from the Rent Control Board said they had received the suit but had not had time to analyze or respond to the allegations.In Santa Monica, the Rent Control Board sets the annual rent increase for occupied rent-controlled apartments. However, when an apartment is vacated, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act allows the property owner to set the unit to market rate.In addition to the rent, tenants of Rent Controlled apartments pay for their own utilities such as gas, electric, television, internet and telephone services. However, many rent controlled tenants do not pay for their water bills.Newly constructed buildings have individual water meters and tenants can pay their own bills. In a majority of Santa Monica’s apartments, rent controlled or otherwise, a master meter exists with the bill falling on the building owner.The suit claims landlords of rent controlled units have requested the ability to negotiate an agreement with new tenants to pay a proportional share of the total water bill but the board has refused to allow the arrangement.“This policy of the Rent Control Board places owners of buildings master metered for water at a competitive disadvantage with owners of newer buildings and forces them to pay for the water used by the tenants,” said the suit.According to the suit, agreeing to pay a proportional amount of the total bill at the time of a new tenancy is part of the landlords’ rights under Costa Hawkins. While the amount the tenants would pay will vary per month based on use, the landlords say the varying amount does not violate the Rent Control Board’s authority to set rates.“Simply stated the dispute is whether an agreed rental rate that includes a proportional sharing of water is permissible under the Costa Hawkins Act,” said the suit. “The landlords contend that it is and the Rent Control Board contends that it is not.”Landlords contend court action is necessary due to increasing water rates and the ongoing drought.Santa Monica’s water rates are scheduled to increase 9 percent over the next two years leading to a 41 percent increase between 2014 and 2020. The Board has said vacancy decontrol allows landlords to factor water into the market rate rents charged when a unit is vacated. However, landlords contend even if the initial rents included some allowance for water, the board’s prohibition on paying a proportional amount means landlords will pay the full cost of any increases implemented after the lease was signed.Landlords also contend drought measures hurt landlords. They claim rates are likely to increase yet again to account for the declining revenues caused by water savings and they say penalties associated with overuse are paid by landlords not the tenants who use the water. The result, according to the suit, is tenants are not motivated to save during the drought.“The combined effects of the 41% higher water rates already imposed on landlords, the pressure to increase the rates more due to mandatory cutbacks, and the imposition of fines on landlords for excessive tenant use of water make the Santa Monica Rent Control Board’s policy of prohibiting the propionate passing on of water charges in buildings master metered for water extremely inconsistent with the intent and meaning of the vacancy decontrol statue,” said the suit.The board has discussed allowing landlords to pass through a percentage of any overage fines but no final decision has been made on what the percentage would be or how it would be [email protected] :californiacity of santa monicalandloards sue rent control boardlandlordsLos AngelesNewsrent controlrent control boardrentingSanta Monicasanta monica californiasanta monica landlordssanta monica newssanta monica rent controlsanta monica rent control boardshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMAINopoly street event returns this SundayWestside residents will unplug, unwind at Awakened Family GatheringYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agolast_img read more

Beach bike path reopens

first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19Beach bike path reopens May. 22, 2020 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedHealthNewsBeach bike path reopenseditor1 year agoBeachbikespedestriansreopeningThe beach bike path reopened this week, but piers, boardwalks and beach parking lots remain closed. (Matthew Hall)The beach bike path reopened this week, but piers, boardwalks and beach parking lots remain closed. (Matthew Hall)12345The beach bike path reopened this week, but piers, boardwalks and beach parking lots remain closed. (Matthew Hall) When local beaches reopened last week, the adjacent beach path remained closed. County officials formally reopened the beach path this week for bikes and pedestrians.Tags :Beachbikespedestriansreopeningshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Like the pictures– you can see some of the people NOT WEARING MASKS! endangering all the others who are taking care of their fellow citizens by being properly garbed with a mask. Bernice Glenn says: 1 Comment Comments are closed. May 22, 2020 at 12:16 PM Man faces misdemeanor gun charges in LA child’s deathSanta Monica plans to open some streets to pedestrians, expand outdoor diningYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, August 29, 2019

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, August 29, 2019•7:31 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•9:22 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. Keyes, Wellington.•9:40 a.m. Officers took a report of a missing juvenile in the 900 block N. A, Wellington. Person was located.•12:40 p.m. Officers responded to a neighbor dispute in the 900 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•2:21 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 2000 block N. Madison St, Wellington. •8:27 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the area of 14 Industrial Ave., Wellington. •8:40 p.m. Non-Injury, Hit and Run accident in the 400 block W. 8th, Wellington, involving a vehicle operated by Jason W. Collier, 39, Wellington, Mo. and fixed objects owned by the city of Wellington.•8:45 p.m. Officers investigated failure to report an accident by a known driver in the 400 block W. 8th, Wellington.•8:45 p.m. Jason W. Collier, 39, Wellington, Mo. was issued a notice to appear for failure to report an accident.•9:39 p.m. Officers took a report of a juvenile complaint in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington. •11:33 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block E. Harvey, Wellington.last_img read more

Video: Watch Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis Make An Awesome Slam Dunk

first_imgJourdan Lewis of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Carlos Becker III #15 of the Florida State Seminoles.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to avoid the tackle of Carlos Becker III #15 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)You won’t need to wait for football season to start to see Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis make some sick moves.Today, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior posted a video of himself playing basketball on Twitter. The short clip is a mini-preview of the agile skills to expect this year on the football field.6’5 combo guard pic.twitter.com/dXhrYZ9zG3— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) July 24, 2016Clearly the athlete’s talents can’t be contained to the gridiron.Lewis has appeared in 37 games over his career, making 19 starts at cornerback. Last season he made All-Big Ten first team and first team All-America (USA Today); Second Team All-America (SI, Walter Camp, AP, FWAA). He was also a semifinalist for both the Jim Thorpe Award and the Chuck Badnarik Award.Lewis and the other Wolverines open their season on Sept. 3 against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.last_img read more

Amazon workers treated after bear repellant releases fumes

first_imgROBBINSVILLE, N.J. — Authorities say 24 workers at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey have been taken hospitals for treatment after bear repellant fell off a shelf and released fumes, including one person who is in critical condition.About 30 other workers were treated at the warehouse in Robbinsville on Wednesday morning. Most people were reporting difficulty breathing or burning in their throats.Robbinsville spokesman John Nalbone told NJ.com that the fumes from the bear repellant were contained in one area of the building’s third floor.Hundreds of workers are normally inside the building during work days, and it was unclear how many were exposed.Amazon confirmed that the accident dispersed strong fumes in the area of the facility. The incident is under investigation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Mexico aims to boost crude output by 45 per cent before 2025

first_imgMEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador detailed plans Saturday to “rescue” the national oil industry by boosting crude production at the state-owned oil company by 45 per cent before 2025.Speaking from Ciudad del Carmen, a Gulf coast city 50 miles (85 kilometres) from an oil field that sustained Mexican public finances for decades, Lopez Obrador said the goal is for Petroleos Mexicanos to raise crude output to 2.4 million barrels per day, from the current 1.65 million barrels per day.“We are going to invest where we know there’s petroleum and where it costs us less to extract it,” he told a jubilant crowd of oil workers.Lopez Obrador previously announced plans to invest 75 billion pesos ($3.65 billion) of savings from a government austerity program into Pemex.The company has struggled to come up with funds in recent years amid mounting pension obligations, high tax rates, rampant fuel theft and inefficiencies.The president shared an anecdote about once chatting with a man on a plane to Ciudad del Carmen who was delivering a $1 million watch to a customer in the city, suggesting that the watch was a symbol of corruption and theft in the oil industry. “This is why the country is sinking,” he said, vowing to root out pilfering of the state entity.Lopez Obrador described his plan to “rescue” the oil industry as “realistic” and reiterated a pledge to move Pemex’s headquarters from the capital to Ciudad del Carmen.Amy Guthrie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Provincial government puts BC on path to 100 zeroemission vehicle sales by

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia aims to require the sale of all new light-duty cars and trucks to be zero-emission vehicles by the year 2040.Premier John Horgan announced the government, in partnership with the B.C. Green Caucus, will introduce legislation next spring to phase in targets for the sale of zero-emission vehicles.This legislation will set targets of 10 percent ZEV sales by 2025, 30 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2040, while the government will take additional steps to make ZEVs more affordable. Premier Horgan says it is essential to take care of the well-being of the environment for the future.“There’s nothing more important than taking care of the place we call home. As a province, we need to work together to put B.C. on a path that powers our future with clean, renewable energy and reduces air pollution.”The Premier outlined a three-point plan to kick-start and fuel the rollout of the ZEV standard:1. Expanding the size of the province’s electric vehicle direct-current fast-charger (DCFC) network to 151 sites, with 71 already completed or underway and, leveraging federal and private-sector dollars, another 80 in the works.2. Increasing the provincial incentive program, administered by the New Car Dealers Association of B.C., by $20 million this year to encourage more British Columbians to buy clean energy cars now. This will bring the incentive program up to $57 million in total.3. Reviewing the incentive program with an eye to expanding it over time, so buying a ZEV becomes a more affordable option for middle- and lower-income British Columbians. The government says British Columbia already has one of the largest charging and fuelling infrastructure networks, electric and hydrogen fuelling, in Canada and, with 12,000 clean energy vehicles registered, the highest adoption rates of electric vehicles in the country.last_img read more

Calgary based AltaGas selling US solar fuel cell power plants for 940M

first_imgAltaGas says the asset sales are part of a plan to regain financial strength and flexibility to fund future growth opportunities in its midstream and U.S. utilities business.The company, which recently opened Canada’s first propane export terminal at Ridley Island on the West Coast, has been paying down debt after completing the $9-billion purchase of U.S. utility company WGL Holdings in July 2018.Last year it exceeded its target to sell $2 billion in assets to pay down bridge financing on the WGL deal. CALGARY _ AltaGas Ltd. says it is selling its portfolio of U.S. distributed electricity assets held by subsidiaries WGL Energy Systems, Inc. and WGSW, Inc., to TerraForm Power, Inc., an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management, for $940 million.The portfolio consists of 322 megawatts of generation facilities in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including 291 MW of commercial and industrial solar, 10 MW of fuel cells and 21 MW of residential solar assets.Earlier this year, the Calgary-based energy infrastructure company completed the sale of its interest in the Stonewall Gas Gathering System in West Virginia for $379 million.last_img read more

Egypt court acquits exPM Mubarak sons of corruption

first_imgCairo – An Egyptian court has acquitted Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister and presidential candidate, and two sons of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, of corruption charges.Shafiq fled to the United Arab Emirates shortly after he narrowly lost to the Islamist Mohamed Morsi in a 2012 presidential election, a year before Morsi’s overthrow by the military.He faces another corruption trial, as do Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal, and has not publicly said whether he would return and run in elections this year if acquitted of all charges. He had been charged with a corrupt land sale to Mubarak’s sons undertaken when he was a senior aviation official in Mubarak’s government.Shafiq later became the aviation minister and then prime minister in Mubarak’s last days in office.The military-installed government plans parliamentary and presidential elections by autumn 2014, amid widespread speculation that military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will compete and win.Sisi has not confirmed his candidacy, but if he runs former military officers such as Shafiq are expected to step aside.last_img read more

Tale of two halves Buckeyes overcome thirdquarter deficit tame Nittany Lions

Two minutes later, Torrence jumped a passing route to tip McGloin’s pass to himself. After juggling the ball, he tucked it and ran as the crowd of 105,466 – the seventh largest in Ohio Stadium history – turned what had been a shower of boos into an eruption of cheers. McGloin, a redshirt sophomore starting just his second game, looked like a seasoned veteran in the first half, appearing poised, confident and unfazed by the pressure of playing a top-10 team on the road. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns before halftime. “He played really well altogether,” Penn State receiver Brett Brackett said. “He made some great plays and put us in a good position early.” The OSU defense, however, made the necessary adjustments in the second half. McGloin completed just two of his 12 second-half pass attempts, throwing a pair of interceptions, both returned for touchdowns. Still, the play of the game belonged to Sanzenbacher. On a 2nd-and-23, Pryor launched a pass toward the end zone looking for Posey, who was flanked by two defensive backs. The ball caromed off Posey’s hands and landed into the grasp of Sanzenbacher, who caught it in stride as he crossed the goal line. “I knew (Dane) was next to me on the route but not right next to me then,” Posey said. “I thought I came down with it but the defensive player knocked it out. I heard the roar and looked up and saw Dane with it in the end zone. I guess I kind of threw him an alley-oop.” The touchdown left the Penn State defense at a loss. “We broke it up, and it just happened to fall to him,” defensive back Drew Astorino said. “It was just one of those lucky plays that happen from time to time. Kudos to him.” One minute later, Howard put the game out of reach with his interception return. “I ran off the field and my head was spinning,” he said. “It still hasn’t hit me yet. I dreamt about this last night. I said if a play came my way, I needed to make it. So I guess my dream came true.” Pryor found tight end Jake Stoneburner for a 3-yard touchdown with four minutes left to put the icing on the cake. The junior signal-caller finished with 139 yards through the air, completing 8 of his 13 passes for a pair of touchdowns and an interception. OSU plays at Iowa on Nov. 20. The Hawkeyes (7-3, 4-2) lost at Northwestern, 17-14, on Saturday. A pair of Penn State defenders stood in the Ohio State end zone, hands on hips, heads down. The Nittany Lions had everything working through the first half. Then it all unraveled. OSU scored 35 unanswered points in the second half to pull away with a 38-14 victory Saturday at The Horseshoe. With 10 minutes left in the game, receiver Dane Sanzenbacher snared a deflected pass as he sprinted across the end zone for a circus-like 58-yard touchdown to give OSU a 24-14 lead, leaving the Penn State defensive backs in awe. Three plays later, cornerback Travis Howard returned an interception 30 yards to seal the win for the Buckeyes (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten). It took two quarters for OSU to shake off the rust accumulated over its bye week, but once nightfall descended upon The Horseshoe, the Buckeyes found their rhythm. Cornerback Devon Torrence, who was picked apart by Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin in the first half, returned an interception 34 yards for a momentum-shifting touchdown. The score provided OSU a 17-14 edge with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter. “I just saw it and just jumped it,” Torrence said. “I think it was maybe a low throw and I had to kind of tip it to myself to put it into position for me to catch it.” Running back Dan “Boom” Herron rushed for a career-high 190 yards on 21 carries as OSU turned to its running game after quarterback Terrelle Pryor completed just four passes for 58 yards in the first half. The Buckeyes rushed for 315 yards as a team, piling up 7.3 yards per carry. They gained 226 yards on the ground in the second half. “We run the ball at Ohio State in November and everyone knows that,” receiver DeVier Posey said. … “You don’t move away from what you do well.” After cashing in a 71-yard opening drive for a field goal, the Buckeyes punted on their final four possessions of the first half, entering the break in a 14-3 hole. The Nittany Lions had an opportunity to add to their advantage, but OSU stopped Penn State on a fourth-and-1 with about 1:30 to play in the second quarter. “Our guys went out in the second half and took over,” coach Jim Tressel said. “But I think it was fueled by how hard that defense fought in that last series that they had to stop them.” After halftime, Pryor and running back Brandon Saine got the offense going, as OSU embarked on a 96-yard drive to close within 14-10 midway through the third quarter. “When you keep on running the ball and keep on pounding it in there, you can sort of feel the momentum shift,” fullback Zach Boren said. “When we continued to be successful on the running plays, you could sort of feel like you were about to win the game.” read more