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Josie Huang covers housing and changing neighborhoods for KPCC. Huang previously reported and produced for KPCC's Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show. She is a former reporter and co-host of the evening drive-time news show for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Prior to radio, she reported for dailies in Maine and Massachusetts. Assignments have taken her to Central America’s largest dump, a coastal Mississippi town recovering from Hurricane Katrina and the US-Canada border, which American seniors were crossing to buy cheaper prescription drugs. She grew up in Taiwan and Maryland, and attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Stories by Josie Huang

Los Angeles council passes quake retrofit rules

As proposed, the new law could affect as many as 13,500 so-called soft-first-story buildings, which are typically wood-frame structures with large spaces on the ground floor.

LA poised to mandate seismic retrofits

The mandate would give landlords seven years to reinforce wooden apartment buildings with "soft" first floors, so they better withstand future earthquakes.

Hollywood area asked to chime in on short-term rentals

As L.A. city officials weigh new rules for short-term rentals, they'll join Hollywood-area residents tonight to get feedback. It's the second of three listening sessions.

As homelessness rises, families balk at living downtown

Over the past decade, DTLA has drawn young professionals and families who now call it home. But with homelessness on the rise, some are thinking of moving out.

LA officials to hold 3 public meetings on short-term rentals

The city of Los Angeles is preparing to develop rules on short-term rentals and is taking public feedback at three “listening sessions” this week. The first will be held tonight at Mar Vista.

What declaring an 'emergency' could do for LA's homeless

As the city works on a $100 million homelessness initiative, some are calling for faster solutions. The council will vote to declare an emergency next month.

Los Angeles leaders pledge $100 million to fight homelessness

The first funds in January are set to focus on getting homeless people into shelters and permanent housing, Council President Herb Wesson said.

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged, citing low inflation

The Federal Reserve is keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a weak global economy, persistently low inflation and unstable financial markets.

Report: Tenants and landlords should share retrofitting cost

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants a law requiring L.A. apartment buildings be retrofitted. Tenants and landlords both say they can't afford it. A new report says, split it.

LA's neighborhood councils demand greater voice

Born 15 years ago, the city's neighborhood council system has become an influential force at City Hall. Leaders now want more time to speak at city council meetings.

In Boyle Heights, local nonprofit seen as a gentrifier

The East Los Angeles Community Corporation has strong ties in the city. But the non-profit's plan to build an affordable housing complex has stirred the locals.

Los Angeles can't keep up with demand for homeless housing

Housing officials say LA needs to build at least 1,500 new housing units a year for the chronically homeless. Its current production rate is just 300 a year.

LA Times publisher and CEO to be replaced

Austin Beutner had been in his post for a little more than a year. It's a surprise at the paper, which has embarked on several new ventures.

CA bank won't make loans for Ellis Act rental properties

First Republic Bank, which has eight branches in Los Angeles and Orange counties, said it will not make loans if the borrower plans to use the Ellis Act to repurpose his or her rental property.

Facing eviction, tenant seeks historic status for building

Steve Luftman, who is fighting an eviction under the Ellis Act, helped convince a city commission that his apartment should be classified as a historic monument.