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California Assembly Member Dave Jones Visits Building and Discusses Housing Code Violations with CES Tenant Leaders
CES tenant leaders explain the battle with their landlord to secure needed repairs.
(Left to Right: David Chavarria, Dimas Linares, Rosa Hilda Archila, Assembly Member Dave Jones & Kostadin Lepidov)
Assembly Member Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) spent the morning of May 29, 2009 discussing the problems Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) tenants leaders were facing at their building. The building, located in LA’s Beverly/Normandie area, has been plagued with numerous housing code violations and has been in the city’s Rent Escrow Account Program. Tenants, with the assistance of CES Tenant Organizers Lourdes Soto and Felipa Soto, have been battling the landlord to make the needed repairs and have had to fight against harassment and abuse.
The Assembly Member expressed his dismay at what tenants have been facing and pledged his support to the tenants.
Assembly Member Jones has been a consistent vote in favor of tenants’ rights and affordable housing legislation. His Assembly Bill 1233 was called the "most important housing bill of the year" in 2005 by affordable housing advocates and his landmark 2006 conservatorship reform bill (AB 1363) enacted sweeping protections for seniors and dependent adults facing abuse.
Recently Assembly Member Jones announced his campaign for California Insurance Commissioner in 2010.
Prior to his election to the State Assembly, Dave Jones served as a Sacramento City Councilmember for five and a half years. Before his election to the City Council, Jones worked for six years as a legal aid attorney with Legal Services of Northern California, providing free legal assistance to the poor. In 1995, Jones was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious and competitive White House Fellowship, and he served in the Clinton Admin. for three years first as Special Assistant and then Counsel to United States Attorney General Janet Reno.
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