Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition

Carlos Morena
Carlos Morena

Father, Pasadena resident of 23 years.

My name is Carlos Moreno and I have being living in Pasadena since 1985. And for the last 23 years I have being living at the same address, I raised my 4 children in that house. MY children attended elementary schools and high schools in Pasadena, all of them went to PCC, I went to PCC. I always liked Pasadena because I thought it was a good place to live, I thought it was a good city to raise a family, but I found out that I was wrong about it since last month, when I received an eviction notice after 23 years of been a good tenant. I never missed a rent payment; I always took care of the house and the property, in fact, I even made various repairs to make the house a better place to live. Of course, it was always with the owner’s approval, so I couldn’t find a reason for the eviction.

I looked in the city website to see if I had any protection as a tenant, or if there was a law to help me to extend the 60 days that I was given, I was “lucky” that I have a surgery and could extend my time to one and a half months more. I also looked for a law that could make the owner help me with the moving expenses. Nope, there is nothing, not even a law to protect tenants from an owner that just wants to change the color of the tenants, or an owner who just wants to make the place cleaner so he can raise the price of the rent, twice as much or maybe more.

It has been very hard to find a new place to move because it is not as easy as 23 years ago, especially, because I am in disability and my wife just works a part time, in addition, my brother stays with me while he receives his chemotherapy treatment. I know that I have to move; I know it is not my property but is not that easy, you need at least $5,000.00 to find another place to live on these days, and when you are not prepared for that, it is even harder.

I always voted because I thought my vote counted, I was wrong again. It seems like, that the only votes that count are the ones from people who can donate enough of money to finance politician’s careers. I think that, that is the reason there is no rent control in Pasadena, or some laws to protect the tenants, because we cannot donate those quantities of money. I always had the idea that the law protects everybody, I am wrong again. In The City of Pasadena it just protects the people who have money to pay for that protection. I think that I will stop voting because I don’t think that I will ever have enough money to finance a politician career.

[Carlos shared his story at city hall on May 20, 2019.]