North Coast People’s Alliance Endorses Prop 10
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Noting that high rents can crush a family’s budget and keep working people stuck in poverty, the North Coast People’s Alliance has endorsed Proposition 10, a statewide initiative that would give local governments back the power to make local decisions on rent control.
“One in three Californians are paying more than 50 percent of their income on rent,” said Mateo Rebecchi, a member of the Steering Committee of the North Coast People’s Alliance. “This is why Californians are taking matters into our own hands, by placing Proposition 10 on the ballot to protect the economic security of our families and neighbors.”
Currently, state law prevents cities and counties from choosing whether they’d like to impose restrictions on rent. Propostion 10, the Affordable Housing Act, would return that power to local governments, while preserving requirements that landlords get a reasonable return on their investment. If Proposition 10 passes, some cities might look into their options and decide against rent control; others might opt for it. Either way, the decisions would be made locally, based on conditions in each community.
Local communities would have more options to protect families from skyrocketing rents because Proposition 10 repeals the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
Adopted in 1995, the Costa-Hawkins Act exempted housing built after 1995 from local rent control requirements, exempted all single- family homes from local rent control requirements, and required all local rent control laws to contain vacancy decontrol provisions, allowing rents to rise sharply after a tenant moves out.
“If we really want more affordable housing, then we should have as many tools as possible available to us to make the best choices for each community,” Rebecchi said. “Proposition 10 will give us one more tool for finding our best path to affordable housing, making California a place where everybody can thrive and have a decent, safe place to call home.”
More information on Proposition 10 is available on the website of the Coalition for Affordable Housing, www.affordablehousing.org
The North Coast People’s Alliance is a non-partisan group that advocates for economic justice, social justice and environmental justice, and helps everyday people get more engaged civic institutions. It’s online atwww.northcoastpeoplesalliance.
org.Carrie Peyton-Dahlbergvice chair, Steering CommitteeNorth Coast People’s Alliance