The Hawthorne City Council were due to vote on Urgency Ordinance No. 2194 at yesterday’s (November 26th) regular city council meeting. The urgency ordinance was to prohibit no-fault evictions through the end of the year.
The urgency ordinance is designed to ensure Hawthorne renters are able to stay in their homes and not be faced with heavy rent increases and/or evictions, until the state housing measure, AB 1482 kicks in on January 1, 2020.
AB 1482 will mandate that ALL housing providers accept Section 8, and use a reduced formula for calculating income eligibility for Veterans. AB 1482 also imposes an annual rent increase cap at 5%.
Due to key members of the Hawthorne City Council being absent, most notably Republican Mayor Alex Vargas, the urgent ordinance failed to have enough votes to pass. City Treasurer L. David Patterson took to his social media account to denounce the city’s failure to preserve housing for the city’s renters.
It is no surprise considering that Councilman Mike Talleda’s form 700s indicate he earns up to $100,000 annually as a real estate broker with Shoreline Realty.
Talleda is also the owner of several residential income properties in Hawthorne as well.