Sup. Solis and Cal State LA Partner to Promote Bioscience Industry

August 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“The sky is the limit,” said Los Angeles County Sup. Hilda Solis last week during the closing of a five-week bioscience training boot camp at Cal State University, Los Angeles.

She was referring to the intensive training, mentoring and business knowledge graduates of the LABioStart program received to help them start and sustain successful bioscience ventures.

The event included an announcement by Cal State LA President William A. Covino that the university and Solis had reached an agreement to collaborate on initiatives to help spur interest in the bioscience industry locally by providing internships and professional development opportunities to students interested in the field.

Cynthia D. Banks, director of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, Sup. Solis and Cal State LA Pres. William A. Covino agree to collaborate on bioscience initiatives during the inaugural LA BioStart graduation on Aug. 16. (Photo by Gareth Mackay/Cal State LA)

Cynthia D. Banks, director of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services, Sup. Solis and Cal State LA Pres. William A. Covino agree to collaborate on bioscience initiatives during the inaugural LA BioStart graduation on Aug. 16. (Photo by Gareth Mackay/Cal State LA)

As part of the collaboration, the county will support the high school summer STEM academy Cal State conducts with Grifols Biologicals Inc., and the LABioStart program, according to the announcement.

“Projects like LA BioStart energize interest in biotechnology and bioscience,” Covino told the gathering. “LA BioStart fits right into the mission of Cal State LA.”

LA BioStart is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The program is a collaboration between Cal State LA, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Training is offered at no cost and led by top industry experts who focus on critical areas such as business fundamentals, financing models, industrial research and development, regulatory affairs, leadership skills and communication strategies.

Howard Xu is LA BioStart’s director and a professor of microbiology at Cal State LA. He said he’s  “gratified” boot camp participants are benefitting from the program and that he’s looking forward to seeing the bioscience commercial products program they will launch in the future.

Boot camp graduate and Cal State LA alumnus John Chi, founder and CEO of Synova Life Sciences in Alhambra, is commercializing a medical device to harvest stem cells from adipose tissues for use as a regenerative therapy for joints. According to Chi, the program “exceeded” all his expectations. There was “so much depth” in the real-world business knowledge shared by mentors and instructors, he said.

Cal State LA Executive Vice President Jose A. Gomez called LA BioStart participants “pioneers” in the development of “Bioscience Valley,” which extends along Valley Boulevard and includes Cal State LA and Grifols Biologicals Inc. on the east, and USC’s Health Sciences campus on the west.

“The fellows of LA BioStart are the future of the bioscience industry,” Gomez said. “Their ideas and discoveries will transform our region and enhance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship at Cal State LA.”

East L.A. Residents Fear Losing Homes to I-710 Project

August 10, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

A proposed plan to widen and make renovations to a segment of the I-710 (Long Beach Freeway) in the heart of East Los Angeles could end up costing families their homes and harm the health of residents who live near the congested traffic corridor, according to a group of angry homeowners in the transportation project’s path.

They are referring to the various alternatives outlined in the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the I-710 Corridor Project to improve the major connection route for goods movement between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the rail yards in the Cities of Commerce and Vernon and points farther east. One of the major areas state and local transportation agencies have targeted is the 710 and I-5 (Santa Ana Freeway) interchange through Commerce and East Los Angeles.

Planning for the freeway improvements has been underway for years and residents in those areas have long feared Caltrans and Metro plan to take homes in their neighborhood for the project, which could be the case if either Alternative 5 or 7 in the Draft EIR is eventually adopted.

They have testified at public meeting and provided written comment decrying any attempt to remove homes, and are outraged they “have been ignored,” said Los Angeles Unified School District teacher Juan Vasquez, leader of the Sydney Drive Neighborhood Group.

The group was formed about two years ago and serves as a local haven for residents who wish to voice their concerns or propose changes around the neighborhood.

“We are not being represented” in this process, Vasquez complained during the group’s meeting last week. “Why is it that when a new project is planned it has to affect East L.A.,” he said angrily. “It is not fair.”

There are a number of other alternatives listed in the Draft EIR but Alternatives 5 and 7 if chosen would have the biggest impact on residents on Sydney Drive in unincorporated East L.A., where dozens of homes could be slated for removal.

East Los Angeles residents are again under attack, and could lose their homes, complains Juan Vasquez, leader of the Sydney Drive Homeowners Group, which is gearing up to fight proposals in the I-710 Draft EIR that call for taking properties on their street. (EGP photo by Carlos Alvarez)

East Los Angeles residents are again under attack, and could lose their homes, complains Juan Vasquez, leader of the Sydney Drive Homeowners Group, which is gearing up to fight proposals in the I-710 Draft EIR that call for taking properties on their street. (EGP photo by Carlos Alvarez)

While Vasquez lives on Sydney Drive he will not lose his home, he told EGP he doesn’t want to see any of his neighbors lose theirs. If they do, the barrier wall between the freeway and homes would be moved to be right next to his front yard.

At a lightly attended meeting last Thursday at Vasquez’s home, residents emphasized they would fight to keep Sydney Drive residents from losing all or part of their homes.

Evelin Guzman moved to the Commerce-adjacent neighborhood about three years ago and says she may not lose her entire property, but could lose approximately 30 feet of the small patch of land she calls her backyard.

“It’s a small space for my kids” to play, said Guzman, pointing at the wall that separates the freeway from her backyard.

While losing her children’s play area is a concern, Guzman says she’s more worried about their health, explaining that her daughter Katelyn was recently diagnosed with asthma and the changes proposed in Alternatives 5 and 7 would put her at a higher risk for pollution-related illnesses. That would make it hard for her to stay in her home, Guzman said.

Carlos Ibarra and his mother Modesta may face the same fate as Guzman. Ibarra told EGP his parents have lived on Sydney Drive since 1974, and every few years transportation officials propose plans to restructure the freeway and the plans always call for stripping them of part of the land their home sits on.

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“It’s always a few feet here, for this and that,” but “it’s never enough,” he said in frustration.

The proposed alternatives could affect approximately 24 properties in East Los Angeles.

Vasquez told EGP that through the years, residents in unincorporated East L.A. have had burdensome transportation projects thrust on them without input from the community.

He said residents should get informed about what’s going on in the neighborhood, adding he wants County Supervisor Hilda Solis – their only directly elected local official – to meet with homeowners and hear their concerns.

“We’ve reached out to her and we always get a representative” from her office, but not her, Vasquez said. “Former Supervisor Gloria Molina was more involved, I never see Solis at any of the public hearings.”

While Vasquez voiced his displeasure with Solis, other residents believe she will eventually meet with them.

Ernesto Rodriguez, 71, has lived in the neighborhood since 1950, and told EGP he believes Solis is a woman of integrity.

“Her track record is that of the people,” Rodriguez said. “She cares about the people and the community,” he said, implying he believes she will ultimately step up to the plate on their behalf.

In October 2015, Solis introduced Motion 22.1 to Caltrans and the Metro board, which she is a member of, requesting freeway designs minimize impacts while maximizing community benefits

Solis told EGP via email that she is deeply committed to an improved quality of life, the reduction of air pollution and the lowering of traffic congestion with as little negative impact to the community.

“My responsibility is to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table to help inform the final decision,” Solis’ email read.

The supervisor has yet to endorse any particular alternative, but she said she favors “a balanced approach and understanding of the benefits,” adding “weighing all the impacts is absolutely critical.”

For now, residents like Vasquez, Guzman, Ibarra and Rodriguez continue to inform their Sydney Drive neighbors about how the I-710 transportation proposals under consideration could change their lives completely.

“I became involved to be a voice for my neighbors,” Vasquez said, noting “It’s discouraging at times when we have these meetings and only 15 people attend.”

Vasquez told EGP that he will continue to go from house-to-house to let people know they have to unite against the alternatives in the I-710 Draft EIR that could change their homes and neighborhood.

A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 23 at the Commerce Senior Center located at 2555 Commerce Way, Commerce CA 90040 from 6-9 p.m.

“I’ll be there,” Vasquez said as he walked the neighborhood and handed out meeting fliers to residents.

L.A. County to Re-Evaluate Conservatorship Rules

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to re-evaluate how it manages conservatorships for mentally ill individuals unable to care for themselves, including potential changes to state law.

The state conservatorship system is governed by the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, signed into law in 1967 by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. The act was designed to end abuses of mental health patients and limit the time individuals could be held involuntarily in a psychiatric facility.

Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Kathryn Barger joined in the motion to review the law and the way it is put into practice in Los Angeles County.

“It’s a really complicated system,” Kuehl said.

The move represented a shift for Kuehl, who warned in April about the county taking on the responsibility of deciding who is and isn’t severely impaired. At that time, she stressed the civil rights of mentally ill individuals to refuse medication or other treatment and said it would take years to make any changes to the state law.

Kuehl told colleagues today that she was moved to act by the one-year anniversary of the death of homeless advocate Mollie Lowery, who spent three decades fighting to establish permanent supportive housing and led multiple nonprofits providing homeless services.

“Molly’s devotion to each individual person … (with) their own form of mental terrors” inspired her, Kuehl said.

Barger has been pushing for a more aggressive approach for months. It was something her predecessor, Michael Antonovich, also sought, though more often in the name of public safety. Barger has stressed the benefits to those suffering from mental illness.

“We really want to get to the root cause” of trying to keep mentally ill homeless individuals from cycling endlessly between hospital emergency rooms, jail and the street, Barger said.

“The consequences of not placing gravely disabled individuals on conservatorship when legally indicated can be dire in some cases given the life and death consequences of untreated mental illness,” the board motion states.

Under the law, those judged to be a danger to themselves or others or “gravely disabled” can be held against their will in a psychiatric facility for up to 72 hours. This is commonly called a 5150 hold based on the relevant government code.

“Gravely disabled” means that someone cannot provide for their own basic needs, including food, clothing and shelter, due to a mental disorder.

The standard can be difficult to meet in practice.

Roughly 2,700 individuals in Los Angeles County are currently under LPS court-mandated conservatorship.

An initial conservatorship is temporary and lasts for 30 days while the court investigates the need for yearlong supervision. Of the more than 900 referrals in 2016, about two in three ended in a one-year commitment that must be reviewed by the courts annually.

All conservatorships, even those instigated by family members, are overseen by the county’s Office of the Public Guardian. Caseloads there are heavy, with deputies handling on average between 60 and 80 cases.

“The scope of work … is very, very broad and the caseloads are very, very high,” Dr. Jonathan Sherin, director of the Department of Mental Health, told the board, adding that the conservatorship process could be streamlined.

The OPG also handles probate conservatorships for individuals unable to care for themselves due to physical illness or cognitive impairment, though that is not the focus of the review.

The board directed staffers to look at ways to increase the success rate of conservatorship hearings and improve residential placement options, as well as a system for tracking individuals with a history of repeated 5150s or psychiatric emergency services.

The working group will also look at whether changes to state law are appropriate.

A report is expected back in four months.

County Backs State Bill on Mandatory Lead Screening

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to back a state bill that would expand childhood screening for lead contamination.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger joined in asking colleagues to send a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators in support of AB 1316, sponsored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward.

“Throughout the country, but especially in low-income communities, children are frequently exposed to lead in paint, dust, soil and water and far too often go untested — leaving them at a high risk for untreated lead poisoning,” Solis said. “Unfortunately, many children are not being screened early enough, and AB 1316 would help remedy this sad public health emergency.”

Solis cited lead contamination from the former Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon as an example of the threat.

As amended, the Assembly bill would mandate the state health department look at the following risk factors, among others, when considering whether to test for lead poisoning:
— time spent in a home, school or building built before 1978;
— proximity to a former lead or steel smelter or other industrial facility that emitted lead; and
— proximity to a freeway or heavily traveled roadway.
The county offers free blood-lead tests. Residents can call (844) 888-2290 for more information.


Supervisors Urge CA Members of Congress to Support ‘DREAM Act’

August 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors threw its support Tuesday behind a Senate bill that would allow some young immigrants to earn legal permanent residence and a path to citizenship.

Supervisor Hilda Solis championed the move, asking her colleagues to send a letter to the county’s congressional delegation, Senate and House leaders and President Donald Trump in support of the DREAM Act of 2017.

“For many years, the DACA program has brought hope and security for thousands of young people throughout the nation,” Solis said of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program introduced during the Obama administration. “We can never forget about our DREAMers who have proven their ability to make significant and positive impacts on the county of Los Angeles and every community throughout the country.”

The DREAM Act of 2017 — sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina — would allow more than 1 million young people who came to the U.S. before they turned 18, often known as “Dreamers,” to gain legal status. Applicants must be longtime residents with a high school diploma or GED certificate or working toward those goals and meet other eligibility requirements.

The proposed legislation would go beyond DACA to offer a path to permanent legal residency and citizenship and would allow applicants to gain that right through either higher education or work experience.

“Our immigrant communities are working day in and day out to succeed in this country. Programs such as DACA truly help our young immigrants continue to provide support to their parents and the idea that brought them to believe in the ‘American Dream,”’ said Alessandro Negrete of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council.

The Trump administration has allowed the DACA program to remain in effect for the time being, despite campaign promises to revoke it.

Republican state officials have threatened to challenge DACA in court if it is not rescinded by Sept. 5.

Then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, now Trump’s chief of staff, told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in July that it might not survive that challenge, the Washington Post reported.

The DREAM Act legislation would provide a long-term solution.

At a July 20 news conference to introduce the bill, Graham said he hoped to persuade the president to protect immigrants who were brought to America as children.

“President Trump, as you fix a broken immigration system, remember that you have the power to fix lives as well. Use that power,” Graham said.

An April survey by Morning Consult and Politico found that 78 percent of registered voters believe “Dreamers” should be allowed to stay in the country. Of those who voted for Trump, 73 percent agreed.

Eastside Nonprofits Get Funding Boost from County

August 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Board of Supervisors approved $450,000 in funding Tuesday for community organizations in East Los Angeles.

Supervisor Hilda Solis proposed allocating money to two nonprofits: InnerCity Struggle and El Proyecto del Barrio.

“Our community-based organizations offer tremendous support, dedicated staff and critical resources for our residents,” Solis said in a statement issued after the board vote. “These organizations have formed longstanding relationships with our communities.”

El Proyecto del Barrio will receive $200,000 to update its East Los Angeles Early Education Center for preschoolers ages 3 and 4. The money will be spent on educational materials and new playground equipment, some of which will be designed for special needs children.

InnerCity Struggle will use $250,000 in county funding to make general improvements to its Boyle Heights headquarters, Solis said.

“We have been serving our Eastside communities since 1994 by engaging our youth and families through leadership promoting safe and healthy neighborhoods,” said InnerCity Struggle Executive Director Maria Brenes.

Over Residents’ Protests, Sups Approve East L.A. Housing Project

July 27, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday turned down an appeal by East Los Angeles residents to block the development of affordable rental units at Whittier Boulevard and South Downey Road, pushing forward with plans to fight homelessness.

Supervisor Hilda Solis said such developments are sorely needed to keep more people from losing their homes.

“Were not even scratching the surface,” Solis said, noting that the county’s housing gap between supply and demand amounts to more than half a million units.

Corner of Whittier Boulevard and South Downey Road in East Los Angeles where one of two affordable housing sites approved by County supervisors will be built. (EGP photo by Carlos Alvarez- July 27, 2017)

Corner of Whittier Boulevard and South Downey Road in East Los Angeles where one of two affordable housing sites approved by County supervisors will be built. (EGP photo by Carlos Alvarez- July 27, 2017)

The two-building complex, to be built on two sites across from Calvary Cemetery, will replace vacant commercial buildings.

Downey I — a three-story, 42-unit, garden-style apartment building — will include 1,161 square feet of retail and parking space on the northwest corner of the intersection. Downey II will be four stories with 71 units and 3,208 square feet of retail and parking.

All but two manager’s units will be for low-income residents and 15 percent will include features for renters with special needs.

More than 100 residents signed a letter opposing the project, raising concerns about traffic, parking and the scale of the development in an area of single-family homes and duplexes.

“We acknowledge (that) some form of development on these land parcels is desirable,” the letter reads. “All we humbly ask is that … consideration be given to projects that the community actually wants and that enhance the quality of life for those who already live in this community.”

Many turned out to try and persuade the board, in both English and Spanish, not to move forward.

“There’s already impossible traffic … and I don’t understand how over 400 more residents are going to fit in this community,” said Estela Donlucas, telling the board that her family had lived in the neighborhood for more than 45 years.

Others worried about hazardous contaminants like lead and arsenic.

Soil samples showed “no significant concentration of lead,” but elevated levels of arsenic were found in two areas, one on each site, according to a county fire official in the department’s hazardous materials division.

The developer, Meta Housing, has agreed to handle environmental cleanup before beginning grading on the sites. Asbestos and lead-based paint in the buildings set for demolition will be managed through the permitting process.

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Many residents remained unsatisfied.

“Our houses will be very affected by all these toxins,” Enedina Paz told the board. “I believe you have children and grandchildren and you wouldn’t like for them to be inhaling toxins.”

Voters approved Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax to fund the fight against homelessness, by nearly 70 percent. However, residents in many communities have pushed back against affordable housing development in their own neighborhoods.

Some Angelenos offered their support.

Fanny Ortiz, a Boyle Heights resident and single mother of five children, including one with special needs who requires 24-hour nursing, said access to affordable housing changed her life.

“I believe housing is a basic human right. We are in a housing crisis and development of affordable housing is an equitable solution,” Ortiz told the board, adding that she once lived in the neighborhood in question.

As a “transit priority project,” the proposed development was granted a California Environmental Quality Act exemption, which means it will not have to report on traffic impacts on global warming or the regional transportation network.

Solis defended the board’s decision, noting that poverty rates in the county have risen above 25 percent. The lowest income renters right now spend more than 70 percent of their income on rent, Solis noted, citing data from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Immediately following the board vote, Solis issued a statement.

“It is evident that both the community and Meta Housing are deeply passionate about quality of life of our residents. Every testimony we heard at the board today had one thing in common: the community and its well-being,” she said.

“I work every day to keep the safety, quality of life and environmental health of our neighborhoods at the highest quality possible, and those values are reflected by our vote to deny today’s appeal,” Solis said. “My colleagues and I agree that Meta Housing has met all requirements to develop this project, including a number of measures designed to meet the communities’ environmental health and safety concerns.”

MUSD Wins Lawsuit Against County

July 20, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

Montebello Unified School District board members who would ordinarily be up for re-election this year, will get an extra year in their seats now that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled in their favor.

MUSD has prevailed in a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which after hearing from angry school employees, parents and students, refused to allow the district to postpone the 2017 school board elections until 2018 to comply with a new state law requiring local elections statewide beheld in even-numbered years.

MUSD board members in February voted to move the 2017 election to 2018 and the 2019 election to 2020. The district operated schools in Bell Gardens and Commerce, as well as Montebello.

The vote to reschedule came amid months of protests and threats of recalls as board members struggled to deal with a financial crisis that had initially threatened hundreds of district jobs, most of which were ultimately not lost.

Critics blamed the financial mess on corruption and mismanagement and claimed the board’s decision to delay the election was a ploy to avoid a voter backlash at the ballot box.

They took their anger to the board of supervisors, and in heated testimony demanded supervisors reject the district’s request to delay the election.

Supervisors agreed, unanimously denying MUSD’s plan to hold off elections until 2018.

Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents the cities served by the MUSD, called it a “troubling time” when “voters’ voices should be heard.” She said in a statement that as the school district addresses its issues, voters should not be denied the “right to cast their votes.”

The district filed a lawsuit against the county and board of supervisors, claiming supervisors had acted beyond their “lawful jurisdiction in failing to approve the MUSD’s resolution at its February 14, 2017 meeting.”

California’s Election Code only allows boards of supervisor to deny election requests if the change results in an inability to handle the change due to capacity issues and the need for more materials and/or equipment. The court ruled that MUSD’s election timing change did not meet that standard.

In a statement, MUSD said the superior court judge supported the “district’s position that the county’s denial was arbitrary, capricious and entirely lacking in evidentiary support,” further noting that the “County Clerk had recommended approval of the MUSD’s resolution.”

MUSD board members called the ruling a victory for stakeholders, but also used the decision to strike out at detractors.

“The judge’s ruling today was clearly a victory for the Montebello Unified School District, its parents, students and stakeholders,” said Board President Dr. Lani Cupchoy in the statement released by the school district. She said supervisors “acted based on discreditable and outrageous claims by District detractors and without any corroborated proof of misconduct by the board.”

Board Vice President Edgar Cisneros said the judge was not “influenced by the deceitful and prejudiced testimony” by individuals who want keep MUSD “locked into the past and doing business the old Montebello way.”

Defending the board’s action, Board Member Benjamin Cardenas said the sole intent was to “comply with the new state law, provide continuity and provide for larger civic participation.”

Earlier efforts to launch a recall of Cupchoy and Cardenas were not successful, but a number of candidates had lined up to challenge them in the 2017 election. In light of the court’s ruling, one staff member who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation told EGPs he’s not averse to reconsidering a recall to force an earlier election.

At this point, it’s unclear if the political landscape will change much before 2018.

Supervisors Want More Diversity Among County Doctors

July 20, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to diversify the pool of doctors working at county hospitals, trauma centers and health care facilities.

Supervisor Hilda Solis proposed coordinating with labor unions to recruit more “culturally and linguistically competent physicians” to staff the second largest municipal health care system in the nation.

“By ensuring that our physicians are as diverse as the patients they see, we place a strong emphasis on effective and culturally appropriate services,” Solis said. “This is about hiring and equipping our local working men and women with the leadership, training and skills needed to best serve the needs of our diverse communities.”

The board also hopes to reduce the number of contract physicians and become the employer of choice for medical residents in training at county facilities.

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who co-authored the motion, said the county employs more than 4,000 doctors and offers one of the largest physician training programs nationwide.

“It is important that we review our hiring practices to ensure that our hospitals and clinics can continue to effectively compete for the best doctors, and that the many physicians we train will choose to stay here,” Kuehl said.

The motion drew union support.

“Union of American Physicians and Dentists doctors appreciate that Supervisors Solis and Kuehl are taking steps to ensure that there are enough county doctors to serve the needs of all Los Angeles residents,” said UAPD President Stuart Bussey. “What they are proposing here should be a model for other counties, most of which are facing similar recruitment challenges.”


Count Could Take Up ‘Renters Rights’

May 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles County supervisor called Tuesday for policies to protect tenants in gentrifying neighborhoods and suggested that studies of the issue could be funded by landlords.

Supervisor Hilda Solis previewed a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, directing staffers to look at policies that protect rental rates, tenant tenure and freedom from discrimination.

She also proposed an analysis of state and federal laws that regulate the private rental market.

“Displacement pressures are stoking community concerns as capital floods into long-neglected urban areas,” the motion states. “The maintenance of diverse, stable neighborhoods is in the interest of public health and orderly development.”

Long-term tenants are interested in investing in their community and should benefit when property values go up, Solis said.

Implementing new policies and advocating for legislative changes, if needed, could be costly, but the motion offers a solution.

“There need be little or no cost to the county general fund if administrative costs are recovered through a small per-unit fee paid by landlords,” it states.

The motion is expected to be considered next week.

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