Ryan Bell makes an impression at forum

From the Pasadena Independent:

Ryan Bell seemed to connect with the audience when he shared that he has been a long-term resident of Pasadena and has been a renter all of his life because he does not earn enough money to purchase a home in his community.

“I’m a tenant. I have always been a tenant. I’m 48 years old, I have been fully employed my entire life and I’ve never earned enough money to purchase a home — it is just the reality.”

Bell continued, “I’ve been evicted. I use to live just up the road here on Los Robles and Washington but my landlord decided he wanted to double the rent and without any reason at all he evicted me from my apartment.

“I quickly went to the city’s office thinking this must be illegal and it turned out that it was not illegal and there was nothing I could do about it.” Bell joined the Pasadena Tenants Union after overcoming that experience; unfortunately, his story is a common one among renting residents in Pasadena.

Local resident Brigitte Rooney has been living in Pasadena for five years but recently became interested in local politics. When I asked her if there was anybody she was impressed by tonight she immediately had an answer.

“Yes, I was impressed by District 6 candidate Ryan Bell, even though he is a newcomer to City Council he seems very impassioned about housing issues and his stance is less afraid and more confident and being more direct in his belief that housing is a human right.”

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