[COMM-ORG] CES News: Fighting Bed Bugs & Supporting Hotel Wrks/HUD Tenants

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  From: "Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic Survival" 
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Coalition for Economic Survival
CES ORGANIZING TIMES ONLINE
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August, 2010
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An occasional email newsletter reporting on the
activities of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)
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CES Tenants Efforts to Get Landlord to Address Bed Bug Infestation of 
Building

CES Tenant Leaders Meet With LA City Council
Member Herb Wesson's Staff at their building

Park Norton Tenant Meeting 
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Representatives of LA 10th District Council Member Herb Wesson, visited 
CES tenant
leaders at Park Norton Apartments in the Arlington Heights area of Los 
Angeles meeting
with tenants to discuss the severe bed bug infestation at their building 
and the
  fact that the landlord has refused to take effective measures to 
eradicate the
infestation or meet with tenants. The tenants are primarily comprised 
low-income
  of Latino families with children under the age of 8.
For over the last four months, CES has been assisting tenants in 
organizing an effort
to pressure the owner to address problems at the building. Within two 
weeks after
tenants sent a demand letter to the landlord and management, a 
building-wide fumigation
treatment occurred.
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CES Lends Support to Hotel Workers Fighting to Win Just Wages & Conditions

CES Turns Out to Support
UNITE-HERE Local 11 Hotel Workers

Local 11 Demo 
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On July 22, 2010, hundreds of unionized hotel workers seeking a new 
contract and
  protesting staff cuts and working conditions protested staged a sit-in 
in front
  of the Andaz West Hollywood Hyatt Hotel, closing down the famed Sunset 
Strip. They
were joined by a number of community groups, including the Coalition for 
Economic
Survival, and clergy. In an act of peaceful civil disobedience 63 people 
were arrested.
Similar actions took place at Hyatt Hotels in 15 other cities.
Health care and hours cut during the recession but not restored are the 
key points
of disagreement in the negotiations.
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National
Alliance of HUD Tenants Protest At Landlord Lobbyist Office Demanding 
Support for
Bill Providing Information on How Their HUD Buildings
Are Operated

NAHT Conf 
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Last
June, NAHT tenant leaders were in Washington, D.C. for their annual
conference when they led a demonstration against a lobbyist firm, the
National Leased Housing Association (NLHA), which represents landlords
and managers of HUD subsidized properties. NLHA is currently fighting a
bill, H.R. 4868, which among other allowances would give tenants of HUD
subsidized properties the right to view documentation regarding their
building.
Even though NAHT has repeatedly said that it only wants to see
how taxpayer money is being used in the buildings, the landlords are
fighting the release of the information, claiming that it violates their
privacy. Tenants are not allowed to know who their landlord is, even
when the landlord has the tenants' social security numbers, work
history, and other personal information.
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Problem With Landlord? Illegal Rent Hike? Eviction? Can't Get Repairs? 
Attend
CES' TENANTS' RIGHTS CLINIC

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individual counseling from some of the best tenants' rights attorneys 
Los Angeles
has to offer who volunteer their time assisting renters at CES' Clinic.
Every Wednesday evening at 7 pm and every Saturday morning at 10 am.
The Tenants' Rights Clinic is held in the Senior Center in Plummer Park, 
7377 Santa
Monica Bl., at Martel Ave in West Hollywood.
All tenants from anywhere throughout Southern California are welcome to 
attend.
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A Thank You to CES Intern Kristen Green

Kristen Green holds CES Economic Justice Award for her contribution as 
an intern

CES'
effectiveness and victories are based on the activism and contributions
provided by its members, volunteers and interns. We want to thank one 
such recent
intern.

This year CES had the pleasure of having Kristen Green join us as an 
Office Intern
while
she was on break from Loyola Marymount University where she studies 
Political
Science. After researching and
studying housing conditions in South Africa for a class last
semester, she looked closer to home and chose to help CES.

While at
CES, Kristen was instrumental in creating a database of CES Tenants' Rights
Clinic attendees for easier follow-up and outreach. Her positive 
attitude and willingness
to learn made it a
pleasure for all of us to work with her. In a short amount of time she 
became a
key staff member and ended up mentoring and providing guidance to other 
interns.

Kristen
has provided an invaluable contribution to CES and we look forward to having
her continue volunteering as time permits during her busy junior year
where she is President of socially-conscious Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority and her job at 24 Hour Fitness.
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