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Larry Gross is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES). He has been with CES for 42 years, since its inception in 1973.
CES is a grassroots, multi-racial, multi-ethnic tenants' rights organization serving low and moderate income renters throughout the greater Los Angeles area. CES is committed to organizing tenants to fight to ensure tenants' rights and preserve affordable housing.
Among CES' impressive track record of empowering tenants, securing concrete tenants' rights victories & new laws, and achieving institutional change include leading campaigns to win rent control in the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. CES also led the effort to incorporate the City of West Hollywood and elected CES tenant leaders to the City Council.
Larry was a member of the Los Angeles City Housing Crisis Task Force and served as the chair of its State of Existing Affordable Housing Sub-committee.
He was appointed by the Mayor and Chairperson of the L.A. City Council Housing and Community Development Committee to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Study of the Economic Impact of Major Rehabilitation Evictions.
Larry was a member of L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti's Slum Housing Task Force was an appointee to the City Rent Stabilization Ordinance Study Oversight Committee by the L.A. City Council.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU/Southern California, Tenants Together and the Healthy Homes Collaborative.
In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Larry to the LA Board of Animal Services Commission. In July 2015 he was elected Board Vice President.
In January 2012, Larry was appointed by the California Public Utilities Commission to its Low Income Oversight Board.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 The Concert for Social Justice -- An Event Not to be Missed
The Grammy Museum in partnership with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, will celebrate the launch of their Speak Up, Sing Out songwriting contest with The Concert For Social Justice on April 8, 2015, at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Melissa Etheridge, La Santa Cecilia and Tom Morello are the first performers announced for the concert.
Friday, April 20, 2012 Walmart Workers & Supporters Rally and Demand Justice at South L.A. Walmart
Various labor unions and community groups, including the Coalition for Economic Survival demonstrated outside a Walmart store at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South Los Angeles to demand higher wages, guaranteed health insurance and Walmart's promise that it will invest profits in communities. The rally, sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and Warehouse Workers United took place on Thursday, April 19.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012(2 comments)
Spectacular Tribute to Woody Guthrie at Los Angeles Concert Honoring Legendary Icon
On Saturday night, April 14, 2012, downtown Los Angeles' Club Nokia was the scene of a joyous celebration of the life and times of Woody Guthrie in a concert bill as, "This Land is Your Land -- The Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert."
Performer included: Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Dawes, John Doe, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Johnny Irion, Joe Henry, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello & Van Dyke Parks
Tuesday, April 17, 2012(1 comments)
Court Provides Huge Victory for Low Income Section 8 Tenants Facing Eviction
On April 12, 2012, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County ruled that Section 8 renters in the City of Los Angeles are protected by just cause eviction protections when landlords attempt to terminate their Section 8 voucher program (Housing Choice Voucher Program) contract.
This is a huge victory for low-income Section 8 tenants.
Saturday, April 7, 2012 Is WeHo City Councilmember John D'Amico, Landlord's New Point Person?
Days after West Hollywood Council Member John D'Amico's shocking proposal to raid the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which provides a resource to create desperately needed affordable housing, in order to subsidize landlords by financially helping them make repairs to their building was firmly rejected by his Council colleagues, D'Amico was the featured guest at a meeting of the Apartment Association of Greater L.A.
Saturday, March 31, 2012 West Hollywood's New Vision Could Spell Big Trouble for Affordable Housing and Rent Control
West Hollywood's newest Council Member John D'Amico has introduced a proposal that is shocking for a city built on rent control and that has has a firm commitment to affordable housing. D'Amico is proposing that the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which provides a resource to create desperately needed affordable housing, be raided to subsidize landlords to financially help them make repairs to their building.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CES Opposes Attacks on African American Section 8 Tenants by City of Lancaster
Officials of the City of Lancaster in the high desert area of Los Angeles County has been waging a war against low-income African Section 8 rent subsidy tenants for some time in an effort to rid the city of poor tenants of color. Coalition for Economic Survival Exec Dir debates the Lancaster Mayor on KTLK radio.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Lawsuit Filed to Block Illegal Landlord Rent Online Only Policy
On March 6, 2012, the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) organized a news conference to announce that a lawsuit was filed the day before by Bet Tzedek Legal Services in L.A. County Superior Court against Jones and Jones Property Management Company on behalf of tenants who are illegally being required to pay their rent only online.
CES charges that rent online only policy is nothing more than a scheme to target the
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 State Senator Ted Lieu Introduces Bill to Block Rent Online Only Landlord Scheme
In response to complaints from residents and the Coalition for Economic Survival that more and more landlords are requiring rental payments be made only online, Sen. Ted W. Lieu today announced introduction of a bill that would ensure residents can continuing paying with check or money order.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 21 CA Dems Join GOP & Vote Against Low-Income/Sr Mobile Home Owners & Rent Control
21 CA Dems Join GOP & Vote Against Low-Income/Sr Mobile Home Owners & Rent Control
Much too many times Democratic elected officials have let us down,
voting on key issues like there were Republicans. Voting against the 99% & for the 1%.
This is nowhere truer than in the California Legislature.
Find out how low income and senior mobile homeowners got shafted this time......
Sunday, May 23, 2010(5 comments)
Protests Erupt As LA City Council Kills Rent Freeze
It was a sad day for the City of Los Angeles on May 22, as the LA City Council essentially provided tenants with a 3% rent increase notice. What was just as sad was the manner in which this decision was made and the events that followed.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009(1 comments)
West Hollywood: City Built on Rent Control Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Twenty-five years ago members of the Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) rejoiced after a 7-year campaign to secure tenants' rights and preserve affordable housing in the then 1.9 square mile LA County unincorporated area of West Hollywood.
Saturday, November 7, 2009(2 comments)
United Nations Investigates Affordable Housing Crisis in LA
The United Nations Investigates Affordable Housing Crisis in LA and Across US
The severe impact of the US housing crisis on low- and moderate-income peoHousing A Rightple has become so great that even the United Nations decided the situation has warranted an investigation. As a result, the UN dispatched a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik, on a multi-US city fact-finding mission.
Monday, October 12, 2009 PEOPLE'S VICTORY!! US Court of Appeals Rules to Protect Section 8 Tenants
The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) scored a major tenants' rights victory when the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that Los Angeles' rent control law is not preempted by federal laws or regulations.
The decision, which has a national impact, specially provides Section 8 tenants living at Morton Gardens Apartments in the L.A. neighborhood of Echo Park protection against their landlord's attempt to evict them.