Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Eviction laws are pushing families onto the streets

Every weekday, poor people in Los Angeles are herded by the dozens into a downtown courtroom so they can be evicted. The process goes something like this: A judge calls the day's roster of cases, and landlord and tenant attorneys start haggling over how much time and money it will take to move the tenant out.

When horse-trading and judicial pressure don't convince the tenant to leave his home, the case goes to trial. If the landlord wins, the tenant is evicted.

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