Affordable housing advocate Michelle White joins journalist Justin Chapman’s “NewsRap Local” TV show on Friday to talk about rent control


The Pasadena Media-nominated local news talk show “NewsRap Local with Justin Chapman” continues this Friday at 5 p.m. with featured guest Michelle White, Chair of the Rent Control Campaign and Executive Director of Affordable Housing Services.

“Pasadena voters will be able to decide if they want rent control in the city come November,” said host Justin Chapman, a Pasadena-based reporter who writes for Pasadena Now. “We’ll talk to Michelle White about affordable housing services and the Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition about why this is needed and what’s at stake.”

Affordable Housing Services is a non-profit organization that specializes in providing affordable housing for low and very low income people with disabilities, people of color and families. While executive director of the Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, White oversaw five LA County fair housing agencies, reviewing state and federal land use violations, redlining and laws on fair housing. She was a civil rights assistant to the federal regulator of national banks and among the experts who drafted California’s fair housing law, recognized as the strongest in the country. She holds a JD from Rutgers University.

“NewsRap Local” launched a year ago this month and airs the third Friday of every month on Pasadena Media’s Arroyo channel and streaming apps, available on channel 99 on AT&T U-verse, the channel 32 on Charter Spectrum, YouTube, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

In each episode, Chapman provides analysis of local news, presents a “flash tour” of the best stories of the month, and interviews a special guest or hosts a panel for an in-depth dive into an important issue facing the community. It is the only television talk show that focuses exclusively on Pasadena current affairs and politics.

“NewsRap Local” is written by Chapman, directed by Joshua Morales, produced by Chapman and Aaron Wheeler, and produced by George Falardeau, CEO and Executive Director of Pasadena Media.

Previous guests on “NewsRap Local” included Dr. Ying-Ying Gohdirector of the Pasadena Public Health Department; Rick Coleformer mayor of Pasadena and current executive director of the Congress for New Urbanism; Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-27); Congressman Adam Schiff (D-28); Acting City Manager of Pasadena Cynthia Kurt; Deputy chris holden (D-41); and many more.

“It’s must-watch TV every month for anyone who cares about this town,” Falardeau said.

Chapman is also the show’s writer, host, producer and editor.”Well read with Justin Chapmanwhich also airs on Pasadena Media’s Arroyo channel and streaming apps. In October he ranked 2nd in the Hard News category and 3rd in the Obituaries category at the LA Press Club 63rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

Chapman was LA County’s youngest elected official when he served on Altadena City Council at age 19. He wrote hundreds of items for two dozen print and digital publications, including KPCC/Laist, Alta Journal, Huffington Post, THE weekly, Berkeley Political Review, Pasadena Weekly, Pasadena Now aand many others.

“Join me the third Friday of each month at 5 p.m. for my analysis of Pasadena news and politics and to hear directly from community stakeholders,” Chapman said.

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