LA city council candidates to discuss rising rents at forum by tenants' rights advocates

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Candidates for the Los Angeles City Council's District 4, which stretches from the Miracle Mile to Van Nuys will answer questions about housing and affordability during a forum by rent control advocates Monday night in the San Fernando Valley.

"I don't think these questions have really been posed to them in any of the (previous) forums," said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. "You have progressive organizations raising progressive questions at this forum."

Gross said the candidates running for the District 4 seat will be asked their views on rent control for the first time during this campaign. Los Angeles has been named the least affordable in the country for renters.

"This is a city of renters," he said. "The largest rental complex, which is under rent control is in CD4; which is Park La Brea."

Fourteen people have thrown their names in the ring to replace outgoing Councilman Tom LaBonge, who currently represents the district.

During the forum, candidates will also be asked their views on wages and campaign finance reform. 

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Van Nuys State Building Auditorium.