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CES ORGANIZING TIMES ONLINE
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Dec 2012/Jan 2013
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An occasional email newsletter reporting on the
activities of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS & NEW YEAR FROM CES!
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CES Exec Dir Larry Gross (center) & Bet Tzedek Attorney Patricia Van 
Dyke (right)
With Some of the Cirque du Soleil Acrobats, Dancers, Contortionists 
After Providing
Them With Tenants' Rights Information

A Real Hollywood Story
CES Provides Cirque du Soleil Performers With Tenants' Rights Info as 
Show Closes
and Jobs Are Lost

At the time many people are preparing to enjoy the holidays, the 
magnificently talented
performers of Cirque du Soleil's show "Iris" are unfortunately facing 
the loss of
their jobs. It was recently and unexpectedly announced that the show 
would be closing
on January 19, 2013.

In addition to losing their jobs, a number of Cirque performers are also 
facing
some real- life Grinches this Christmas.

The performers believing, as most expected, that "Iris" would be running 
indefinitely,
signed long-term rental leases with landlords. Faced with having to 
relocate as
a result of the show's closing they are now dealing with landlords who 
will not
let them out of their leases and are demanding thousands of dollars from 
the artists.

A Cirque du Soleil management official contacted the Coalition for 
Economic Survival
(CES) 
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seeking assistance for the soon to be jobless and displaced employees.

Cirque du Soleil Performer Practices Backstage

CES was prepared to offer help and reached out to Bet Tzedek Legal 
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who was more than happy to help CES in providing legal advice and 
assistance to
the artists.

On December 18, CES Executive Director Larry Gross and Bet Tzedek Legal 
Services
  Attorney Patricia Van Dyke conducted a Tenants' Rights Clinic at 
Hollywood's Dolby
(formerly Kodak) Theater for about 20 acrobats, dancers, contortionists 
and technical
stage workers of Cirque du Soleil. The performers were from Russia, 
Slovakia, Canada,
Sweden and other states in the U.S.

In these types of circumstances apartment leases are not iron clad in 
California.
While a landlord has the legal right to hold a tenant responsible for 
the remaining
months of rent,  the law only allows the landlord to exercise this right 
within
reason.

It is always best to try to work it out with the landlord. Tenants in 
this situation
should attempt to provide their landlord with a written notice of their 
intent to
leave as soon as possible.

The California Civil Code requires landlords to mitigate their damages 
if a tenant
attempts to break a lease early. The landlord must "reasonably" avoid 
damages. Therefore,
if they could find a tenant who meets the landlord's screening criteria, 
the landlord
is effectively obligated to approve the new tenant, thus removing the 
obligation
  of the moving tenant to pay the remaining rent on the lease.

Show Props & Costumes Backstage

CES and Bet Tzedek told the Cirque artists that they would continue to 
assist them
in efforts to secure a remedy.

After the tenants' rights seminar, Gross and Van Dyke was given an 
exclusive back
stage tour.

When "Iris" opened in September 2011, it was expected to be a permanent 
fixture
in the heart of Hollywood, It's closing is another economic blow to LA's 
economy
  adding to the

Show's Control Room

loss of jobs and revenues.

"Iris" was one of the most ambitious productions in Cirque's history. 
Written and
directed by Frenchman Philippe Decoufle with original music by the film 
composer
  Danny Elfman, the spectacle surveyed the history of movies from the 
silent era
to the present day.

According to the Los Angeles Times 
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the company said it will "redeploy as many of our artists and employees 
as possible
to other Cirque du Soleil projects." "Iris" employed almost 70 
performers along
with 100 to 120 other individuals, including technicians and support staff.

IRIS from Cirque du Soleil - A Journey through the World of Cinema 
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IRIS from Cirque du Soleil - A Journey through the World of Cinema
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The economic justice victories that CES has won over the years such as 
rent control,
creating the city of West Hollywood and winning numerous laws to combat 
slum housing,
secure tenants' rights and preserve affordable housing has only been 
possible with
the generous financial support from people like you. As CES begins its 
40th Anniversary
year, help make 2013 another year of victories by donating now.
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Tenants are welcome to come to CES' Tenants' Rights Clinic held every 
Wednesday
evening at 7 pm and Saturday morning at 10 am in the Senior Center 
located in the
Community Building in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Bl, West Hollywood 
(just west
of La Brea, between Vista St. and Fuller St. at Martel Ave. ).
Tenants are assisted on a one-to-one basis by one of our experienced and 
knowledgeable
volunteer attorneys and counselors. No appointment needed. First come, 
first serve.
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