Housing Rights Advocates to Burbank City Council: Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money

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Friday, August 7, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. socially distant protest and press conference will take place at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse

A coalition of tenants' rights advocates that include Housing Is A Human Right (HHR), the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Burbank Tenants' Rights Committee (BTRC), and Tenants Together, will stage a socially distant protest followed by a press conference at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to call out the Burbank City Council for wasting taxpayer money on a frivolous lawsuit.

In the case of BTRC vs. Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins, et al., the judge ruled in favor of BTRC and the 7,749 signers of a rent regulation petition. Despite the Court's ruling, the City's outside counsel is still pursuing a countersuit in attempts to strip the measure away from its rightful place on the ballot.

"It's time for California elected officials to finally put working families first and work harder to keep families in their homes," said René Christian Moya, Executive Director for Housing Is A Human Right. "We call on Burbank City Council to do the right thing. Respect the Court's ruling and stop wasting taxpayers' money on a frivolous lawsuit."

The SOCIALLY DISTANT PROTEST will start at 10 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. at 110 N Grand St., Los Angeles, CA.

WHAT:

HOUSING RIGHTS PROTESTS led by housing and healthcare advocates demanding that Burbank City Council stop wasting taxpayer money with a frivolous lawsuit

WHEN:

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:

110 N Grand St., Los Angeles, CA

B-ROLL:

Advocates will hold a socially distant protest, in which they will stand six feet apart and wear facemasks, in observance of COVID-19 protocol

The activists will call on Burbank City Council to halt its unlawful abuse of power and purposeful waste of public resources in its shameful attempt to take voting rights from the hands of the people.

"As we all cope with a global pandemic that has left millions of Californians facing further housing insecurity, now is not the time to be wasting tax dollars," said Jorge Rivera, So Cal Regional Director for Tenants Together. "That money should be spent on keeping families in their homes."

Tenants Together is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent, and affordable housing.

"We urge the Burbank City Council to drop their frivolous lawsuit and shameless attempt to stop a local vote," said Konstantine Anthony, co-founder and former Chair of Burbank Tenants' Rights Committee.

BTRC was formed in 2018 to cultivate neighborhood and community stability, healthy housing, and affordability for renters in the City of Burbank by promoting the regulation of excessive rent increases to the maximum extent permitted under California law, while ensuring landlords a fair return on their investment and guaranteeing fair protections for renters, homeowners, and businesses.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the parent non-profit of Housing Is A Human Right and Healthy Housing Foundation, has long addressed public health emergencies -- from the AIDS epidemic to the Ebola crisis to California’s homeless crisis. AHF will do everything it can to help the vulnerable during this difficult time.

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Contacts

Ruthie Thomas, Communications Director, Yes on Prop 21
ruth.thomas@ahf.org (310) 663-4159 cell

Susan Hunter, Housing Justice Organizer, Housing Is A Human Right (HHR)
susan.hunter@housinghumanright.org (949) 295-0206 cell