Turning California into Venezuela
(San Francisco Chrolicle) - The California Democratic Party voted over the weekend to endorse Proposition 10, which would repeal a 1990s law called the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act that barred cities from capping rents on housing built after the law took effect in 1995. That date is earlier in cities that already had rent control before the law’s passage. For example, rent control is limited in San Francisco to buildings built before 1979. In Oakland, rent can’t be capped on buildings built after 1983.
The initiative would also allow cities to limit price increases on rentals when they become vacant.
Fifteen cities in the state now have rent control. As housing prices have shot up in recent years, more cities have considered limiting what landlords can charge.
At its meeting Sunday in Oakland, 95 percent of the California Democratic Party’s executive board voted to back Prop. 10. That means the party endorsement will be on slate cards, direct mail and email blasts that reach as many as 2 million California Democrats.
“Securing the Democratic Party endorsement is huge,“ said Joe Trippi, the campaign’s lead strategist and longtime campaign adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown.
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renting your own home at market prices.
The ballot measure is supported by some of the state’s largest and deep-pocketed public employee unions, including the California Teachers Association, the California Nurses Association and the California branch of the Service Employees International Union.
“It gives space in our cities to our nurses, our janitors, the people working behind the counter at restaurants,” said Damien Goodmon, the Prop. 10 campaign director.
Opponents are lining up against Prop 10, too. On Friday, the California Association of Realtors announced it was giving $750,000 to oppose the measure, and Orange County developer Michael Hayde donated $3.7 million.
Developers and real estate agents found an ally in a group that could help them cut into progressive support for the measure, when the California NAACP announced last week that it opposed Prop. 10.
“It will make affordable rental housing even more scarce than it is today, widening the gap between our state’s haves and have-nots,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman said in a statement. “We need to increase the availability of affordable housing targeted to those most in need — but this initiative is the wrong approach that will only make the problem worse.”
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