Schwarzenegger Proves He's a Real "Action Hero"
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Monrovia (Los Angeles Times)
Responding to an article he read in the Los Angeles Times Thursday morning, Governor Schwarzenegger decided he had to do something for a group of physically or developmentally disabled people who faced eviction from an apartment complex that was supposed to be for "seniors only."
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The article described the plight of 25-year-old Lily Hixon who had Down syndrome and was about to lose her apartment because her lease was being terminated along with about twenty other people.
The landlord blamed regulations banning anyone under 62-year-old from living in the apartment house designated for seniors only.
The governor decided to call the landlord directly to see if there was anything that could be done. Within two hours, the governor and the property company had reached an agreement to allow the disabled tenants to stay in their apartments. Some had lived at the complex for more than 10 years.
Schwarzenegger visited the complex Friday morning and was greeted by the smiling residents who were thankful for the governor's help. Citing the devotion of his sister-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, to the disabled, Schwarzenegger said he had to do something.