Josie Huang

Asian American Communities Correspondent

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More Asian Americans live in L.A. County than any other county in the U.S. The communities are varied and complex and often invisible in the mainstream media. I tell the stories of recent immigrants and families who have been here for generations to answer the question: How do you navigate the intersection of being Asian and American and what impact does that have on L.A.’s future?

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Stories by Josie Huang

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.

Olympic Village site in downtown remains up in the air

Those planning L.A.'s 2024 bid to host the Olympics say they are eyeing a few downtown parcels in their plan to build a 100+ acre Olympic Village to house athletes.

LA on track to build 100K new homes by 2021, mayor says

Mayor Garcetti said he wants to make it easier for builders to start housing projects and is working to speed up the planning process at City Hall.

LA leaders move to regulate short-term rentals

The vast majority of people commenting at a hearing Tuesday told city officials that professional short-term rental companies are driving up rents and ruining neighborhoods.

Keeping artists in LA's Arts District

City planners say their plan to require live/work lofts in industrial areas like the Arts District will retain the area's creative class. Others aren't so sure.

Ending homelessness must start with children, report says

A study of public assistance records for more than 900,000 county residents who've been homeless in recent years found that nearly half were children.

Scrutiny of short-term rentals in LA exposes industry rift

On Tuesday, L.A. officials will open a debate over regulating short-term rentals. A potential crackdown is already dividing the industry.

LA planning commissioners: Tamp down Frogtown development

The commission voted unanimously in favor of zoning changes that will curb riverfront development in the northeast L.A. neighborhood.

Advocates sue Huntington Beach over affordable housing shortfall

A group of low-income residents and their advocates is suing the city, saying it's effectively blocking the development of affordable housing.

LA affordable housing developers to get funding boost

City officials promise to pony up $10 million to leverage $50 million from a consortium of lenders to buy land for new affordable housing projects.

Window for low mortgage rates set to close

The Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates as early as next month. That would mean larger mortgage payments for homeowners.

LA has least affordable housing in US, study says

Stagnant incomes and high real estate prices make LA more unaffordable than any other metropolitan area in the country. Only 46 percent of residents own a home.

Rent discontent: New activists emerge from LA's housing crisis

Over the years, LA renters have fought for affordable housing in small neighborhood groups and sporadic protests. Now some are merging into a citywide tenants union.

LA leaders at odds on short-term rental stays

Mayor Garcetti wants L.A. to collect lodging tax on Airbnb bookings, and use the money to build housing. A group of council members pressed pause on that idea Monday.