L.A. County is rightfully getting praise for abandoning its flawed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens homeowners across the county, there are hundreds, if not thousands of PACE victims who need help before they lose their homes at a time when shelter has never been more essential.

PACE loans are high-cost loans for “green” home improvements, paid back through an addition to your property taxes. Since the beginning of the L.A. County PACE program in 2015, our office has been flooded with calls from low income homeowners with a litany of serious complaints about…


By Doug Smith, Public Counsel Staff Attorney

The L.A. Street Vendor Campaign holds a press conference outside city hall in December, 2016

By now you’re probably aware of a disturbing video showing an angry pedestrian confronting and destroying a food cart operated by an elotero working in Hollywood. That elotero, Benjamín Ramírez, is one of the tens of thousands of people who work as street vendors across the city. In the course of his daily work, Benjamín’s equipment (his livelihood) was violently thrown to the ground during an altercation.

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