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Making Contact looks at California’s fight over rent control. The stage is set for a political battle between two worldviews. Is housing a human right, or is real estate property an investment commodity? And where on that continuum is California’s common ground?  What does this mean for housing nationally?

A statewide initiative, if approved, would allow local governments to create their own rent control laws. In this episode, we go to one city in California where there is no limit as to how high rents may be raised. Later we’ll go to Los Angeles for a look at how that city’s police policies are affecting homeless encampments.

Image Credit: Monica Lopez
Image Caption: Tenants of this Glendale apartment complex were given 60 days to cover rent increases of $750 or more.


  • Mike Van Gorder, Naeiri Khachikian, and John Bagdzhyan, Glendale Tenants Union

  • Frank Broccolo, Commercial Litigator

  • Glendale Renters and Landlords

  • General Dogon, Los Angeles Community Action Network

  • Tiffany Jones, David Garcia, “Jacob”, Homeless Encampment Residents

  • Ace Katano, Public Defender

  • Alisa Orduña, Senior Advisor on Homelessness, City of Santa Monica

  • Danielle Dupuy, UCLA Researcher

  • Dominic Choi, LAPD Homeless Coordinator Commander

  • Maria Foscarinis, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

  • Victor Hinderliter, LAHSA Associate Director


  • Host and Segment Producer: Monica Lopez
  • Contributing Producer: Carla Green
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Monica Lopez, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


  • “Fater Lee”, Black Ant  (open)

  • “Subway Instrumental Version”, David Szesztay (credits)


Author: Radio Project

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