|LTSC Welcomes Affordable Housing Coalition and Mayor Garcetti to Casa Heiwa for ‘No on S’ Rally|
For Immediate Release
Little Tokyo Service Center
Contact: Mark Robbins 213-473-1650
LTSC Welcomes Affordable Housing Coalition and Mayor Garcetti to Casa Heiwa for ‘No on S’ Rally
On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, LTSC and allies gathered to speak out against Measure S, a controversial ballot initiative that threatens to block construction of new affordable and homeless housing in LA. Mayor Eric Garcetti, an outspoken opponent of Measure S, led the rally at LTSC’s Casa Heiwa courtyard.
“We can’t afford to keep people on the street,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We can’t afford to keep rents rising . . . So I am coming here today to speak loudly and clearly with this coalition of everyday Angelenos, of workers, of our business community to say no on Measure S on March 7.”
“If it passes, Measure S will have many devastating impacts,” warned LTSC’s Executive Director Dean Matsubayashi. “It will make it more difficult for poor, working and middle class families to afford housing in the nation’s least affordable housing market.”
Matsubayashi explained how the construction of Casa Heiwa, the site of the rally and one of LTSC’s first affordable housing projects, would not have been possible if Measure S restrictions were in place at the time. Completed in 1996, Casa Heiwa was the first housing project built in Little Tokyo in 75 years. Casa Heiwa now houses over 350 residents.
LTSC is part of a coalition of housing rights advocates and community groups representing low-income residents in Los Angeles. See the coalition’s statement on Measure S: http://bit.ly/2jv7RUS
Measure S will appear on the March 7, 2017 city ballot.