on the law.
"The bottom line is there is no recommendation from our committee
to the City Council to repeal the ordinance because we didn't speak
with a three-fourths majority voice," said Frank H. Whitehead III,
committee chairman and landlord attorney. "We decided, unless we
could come to some kind of consensus that was something more than
[around] 50-50, we would not make a recommendation."
The vote followed a subcommittee report proposing amendments to
improve a law many tenants and landlords have complained is flawed.
The report is one of four submitted by subcommittees to address
rental-housing affordability, habitability, outreach and the
ordinance. The reports will be included in a comprehensive report to
the City Council sometime in September.
After nearly three hours of deliberation at its meeting Thursday,
nearly all the subcommittee's recommendations were adopted, including
more exemptions for landlords and relocation assistance for tenants
under special circumstances. Greater measures to notify tenants of
their rights and increases in penalties for ordinance violations were
Proposals not meeting the three-fourths vote requirement,
including ordinance repeal, will be included in the report, with
arguments for both sides.
Ken Carlson, president of the Glendale Tenant Assn. and a
committee member, dismissed the repeal vote. Carlson voted against
"This is an appointed group and it is stacked two or three to one
against tenants, so if a majority of this selected group favors a
course of action, it's really just along party lines and not
reflecting the voice of the community," he said.
Patrick Liddell, landlord attorney and the committee member who
made the motion to repeal, said the three-fourths requirement was
adopted to address Carlson's concerns with the imbalance.
"Obviously, we want to make sure there is at least an appearance
of fairness on this, so I think it's clear that, unless there is a
true consensus of the committee, there will be no recommendation to
the City Council," he said.
Whitehead defended landlord and tenant advocates who have used the
committee to advance their positions.
"There has been some posturing and speechmaking, but that's a
necessary part of the process," he said. "That's one of the reasons
we were brought into being -- to go through that process on behalf of
the City Council so they wouldn't have to take the time to do so."