LOS ANGELES – A university real estate instructor got a lecture from his Echo Park tenants who are facing eviction because the landlord wants to opt out of a federal subsidy program and raise rents. Some three dozen Morton Avenue tenants boarded a bus and rode to UCLA, where business school instructor Eric Sussman was teaching a class. Wearing bright red T-shirts and hoisting signs telling Sussman he should be ashamed, the tenants marched toward their landlord’s class clutching a piggy bank. They also had a letter asking UCLA’s chancellor to review Sussman’s business practices. Campus police wouldn’t allow the demonstrators inside the classroom. A short time later, Sussman went outside to chants of “Shame on you!” Sussman said he thought it was inappropriate for the tenants to attempt to “harass and intimidate me,” adding government must do more to provide affordable housing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sussman and his partners want out of the federally subsidized Section 8 program, which partially pays the rent for 22 families in the Morton Gardens complex. The government’s fair market calculations are up to $1,000 less than what the units can fetch on the open market. Some tenants, Sussman said, are paying $1,200 for two- and three-bedroom apartments that are worth more than $2,000. Last year, Sussman served eviction notices on the Section 8 tenants, but tenant advocates claim the city’s tough eviction rules prevent the poor from being tossed out and a federal lawsuit was filed. The tenants can stay until a judge issues a decision – a ruling is expected in August. Sussman was being targeted to “send a message to all landlords,” said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival.
0Shares0000Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba got the goals for Barcelona at Eibar © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMADRID, Spain, Feb 18 – Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba were on target as Barcelona saw off Eibar 2-0 on Saturday to continue their unbeaten record in La Liga and extend their lead at the top of the table.Lionel Messi had a hand in both goals against an Eibar side who finished the match at tiny Ipurua with 10 men after the second-half sending-off of Fabian Orellana. It was not a comfortable afternoon for Ernesto Valverde’s men in the rain in the Basque Country, but Barca are still unbeaten 24 games into the league campaign, and have now gone 31 La Liga matches undefeated in total to match their record run under Pep Guardiola in 2010/11.They are 10 points clear at the top, although Atletico Madrid can trim that lead when they host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.Barcelona will now turn their thoughts to the Champions League last 16, first leg against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, and Valverde said Eibar were ideal opponents ahead of that match.“Eibar always put you under a lot of pressure, so it was a good test. We really suffered, because they are in great form,” said Valverde.“It was a very difficult match just as we expected, and we will try and make sure it helps us, although the Champions League is another competition altogether.”Valverde sent out a strong team, choosing to start Andres Iniesta and leave Philippe Coutinho on the bench, despite the Brazilian being ineligible for the Champions League. Coutinho replaced Iniesta for the final half-hour.“Last week Coutinho started, and this week it was Iniesta,” Valverde added. “It is true that we have another match on Tuesday, but for me the important thing was today (Saturday).”Barca went ahead in the 16th minute, Messi’s superb pass releasing Suarez, who rounded goalkeeper Marco Dmitrovic to score.The visitors had a couple of let-offs in the first half, with Sergio Busquets lucky not to concede a penalty as he pulled back Kike Garcia in the box. Orellana then hit the bar with a fine strike.However, the Chilean was sent off midway through the second half and Barca took advantage of the extra man in the 88th minute. Messi, who hit the post in the first half, was denied by Dmitrovic, but the ball fell for Alba to score.– Valencia, Sevilla win –Ex-Arsenal man Francis Coquelin scored in Valencia’s win at Malaga © AFP / JORGE GUERREROValencia consolidated their grip on third place, coming from behind to win 2-1 at bottom side Malaga with a late Dani Parejo penalty.Nigerian Brown Ideye had put the home team ahead, but French midfielder Francis Coquelin headed Valencia level 10 minutes from time with his first La Liga goal since moving from Arsenal.Valencia are four points clear of fourth-placed Real Madrid but have played two games more than Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are at Betis on Sunday.Sevilla warmed up for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester United by winning 2-1 at struggling Las Palmas, aided by a controversial late offside call.Goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Pablo Sarabia had Sevilla in control in Gran Canaria, before Jonathan Calleri pulled one back for Las Palmas with a penalty.And the islanders were denied a 93rd-minute equaliser when an extremely tight offside call went against them — Alejandro Galvez looked to be level with the last defender before putting the ball in the net.Having experienced some indifferent form following the appointment of Italian Vincenzo Montella as coach in December, Sevilla have now claimed back-to-back league victories since progressing to the Copa del Rey final, and are fifth.“When you win games you rest and recover better. Now the only thing on our minds is Manchester,” said Montella.Also on Saturday, Deportivo La Coruna suffered a second defeat in as many games since the appointment as coach of former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf, as they lost 1-0 at Alaves to remain second-bottom.On-loan Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi scored the winner with a superb strike, with Alaves continuing their revival under Abelardo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)