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Year in Review Part 4: December

“Himmelrich told the Daily Press she would only accept a two year term as she believes the job requires continuity in leadership and because she needs a longer term to justify cutting back from her important work at the Western Center on Law and Poverty.”

https://www.smdp.com/year-in-review-part-4-december/200449

Sue Himmelrich selected to serve two year term as Mayor

Himmelrich told the Daily Press she would only accept a two year term as she believes the job requires continuity in leadership and because she needs a longer term to justify cutting back from her important work at the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

https://www.smdp.com/sue-himmelrich-selected-to-serve-two-year-term-as-mayor/199742

Tenant Sues Santa Monica Landlord to Stay in Her Home of 38 Years

“Protections against discrimination like this are an important tool for addressing our statewide housing crisis,” said Matt Warren, Attorney at the Western Center on Law & Poverty, which also represents St. James. “Housing choice vouchers are essential for many people with low-incomes to keep a roof over their head, and to stay above water. California in particular cannot afford for landlords to refuse qualified tenants who are able to pay rent using vouchers.”

https://www.smdp.com/tenant-sues-santa-monica-landlord-to-stay-in-her-home-of-38-years/187023

 

 

Santa Monica Moves to Offer Free Representation to Tenants Facing Eviction

Himmelrich, a staff attorney for the the non-profit Western Center on Law & Poverty, noted that a program in New York City that offered legal counsel to threatened tenants avoided 30 percent of evictions.

She said 95 percent of tenants threatened with eviction lose in court if they don’t have a lawyer and noted that the existing “patchwork system” of attorneys that offer free legal representation is fraying.

“People need lawyers, and they aren’t getting them, and they’re having trouble finding them,” Himmelrich said.

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