Being evicted from MY HOME changed my life. ESPAÑOL
If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be running for political office I would have thought you were crazy! Yet here I am asking for your support to become the Council Member of the 13th District.
I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and carved out a living running a small production-craft service business for commercial sets. I made my home in the Villa Carlotta, a historic apartment building in Hollywood's Franklin Village. There, my neighbors and I created a tight-knit community where we shared cars, watched each other's pets, started a rooftop garden, and held communal Thanksgiving feasts. I had a comfortable life that I enjoyed. I loved my neighbors, my community, and my city.
Then it all came tumbling down.
The apartment building I lived in was sold, and I was evicted. The new owners developed plans to convert it into a boutique hotel and as a result, my neighbors and I had to look for new homes. It was incredibly difficult to find a new place to live after this because the area's rents had sky-rocketed. This was the same for many of my neighbors who'd lived there for decades.
What happened at the Villa Carlotta was not unique to me. It happens all over the city of Los Angeles, especially in the neighborhoods of District 13, which includes Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and Hollywood.
The city is braving an affordable housing crisis. Rents increased 11.6% in 2015 alone and according to the city's data, 60.1% of renters are cost-burdened, meaning they spend over 30% of their income on housing. More shocking is that 32.7% of renters are severely cost-burdened, spending more than half of their income on rent. It's no surprise that estimates now count our city's homeless population close to 25,000.
Irresponsible governance continues to exacerbate these problems. It is no secret that money is flooding into campaign coffers (public record confirms this). But meanwhile, the promises made by our representative about improving the lives of ordinary people have fallen short. Our communities are being sold out to the highest bidder because current leadership does not represent you-it represents moneyed interests. Our city has dissolved into the survival of the financially fittest.
You deserve better. You deserve a policy maker, not a political taker.
On March 7th 2017, you have the power to elect a representative with a proven track record of service as a community leader–someone with integrity and commitment who will stand up to powerful special interests and say: our city, our district, and our elected representatives are not for sale; someone who will serve the residents of our district, not greedy developers and big businesses who want to profit off the community that you’ve helped build; someone who will work hard to formulate policies that will stem displacement of people and existing businesses; someone who will responsibly allocate funding to house the homeless and protect our vulnerable immigrant communities; and someone who will support and accelerate the transition to renewable energy, improve our city’s investment in infrastructure and green spaces, and make sure our roads and sidewalks are well maintained and safe.
My name is Sylvie Shain and I am that someone.
A vote for me is a vote for you.