LA Residents Face Retaliatory Evictions for Protesting Decision to Privatize LA’s Public Housing Stock

"Los Angeles’ public housing agency moved to evict nine tenants last week after they protested at the Rancho Cucamonga home of the agency’s top executive.

The action so outraged members of the City Council that on Wednesday they ordered the Housing Authority to immediately halt the action. They accused agency head Rudolf Montiel, who receives nearly $450,000 in salary and benefits, of being "childlike" and of acting like "Big Brother."

Council members voted unanimously to ask the state attorney general to investigate Montiel’s actions, prompting cheers from a crowd of angry tenants who had packed the chamber to tell their stories."

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