check your power 2018

Yes vs. No on Proposition 10 - Rent Control

Posted October 8, 2018
By Asha Smith

Proposition 10 — Repeal the 1995 Costa Hawkins Act

and let cities decide on rent control


I’m sure you know by now that our State is in the middle of a Housing Affordability Crisis… if you didn’t know well, now you know. Renting cost just as much if not more than owning and it’s no secret it’s becoming harder and harder to actually purchase property especially in the City of Pasadena. So many residents are opting to either leave the city and move elsewhere because it’s just becoming a hassle. Rents are increasing not decreasing and your actually lucky if you haven’t been priced/locked out because you can no longer to afford your rent.

Just the other day I read that someone’s rent just went up $400 in a group I’m in with Pasadena/Altadena residents and their rent was already $2200 a month. That is egregious if you ask me. What would you do if that was you? Where would you go? How would you feel?

Did you know that Media Rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is going for…

$3200 in Los Angeles
$4560 in San Francisco
And $2290 in San Diego

Proposition 10: The Affordable Housing Act would ease the burden on renters

This ballot measure that will give local communities (Like Pasadena) the power to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. The Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control to apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.

Back in 1995, California legislators passed the Costa Hawkins Act to limit the ability of cities wanting to expand rent control. The Act allowed real estate lobbyists to battle rent control at the state level, rather than in individual cities throughout the state.

If passed, Proposition 10 would return power to cities and allow them to enact rent control where they previously couldn’t, on newly built units, single-family homes, and condominiums. The proposition has divided California Democrats, while Republicans are united against it.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has contributed more than $12 million to the repeal effort. Two campaign committees bankrolled by real estate developers, realtors, and business groups have raised about $19 million to oppose the proposition.

Palm Springs is the only city with a rent control ordinance in the Coachella Valley and The Desert Sun found only 20 apartments remain registered with the city as rent-controlled.

Why Yes on Prop 10: Affordable Housing Act

Across our State, people are struggling to stay in their homes, as developers, landlords, and Wall Street speculators are given free reign over our cities, quickly transforming stable neighborhoods into high-priced markets at the expense of working-class communities (like Pasadena) aka Gentrification.

Teachers, nurses, long-term care workers, and grocery clerks are being forced to commute far from their place of work just to live in housing they can afford. The less fortunate are forced to sleep on couches, in cars or can be seen on our streets.

This didn’t just happen naturally. In 1995, the California legislature passed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Act, which puts limits on how California cities can address the housing crisis and protect residents from displacement.

Yes on Prop 10 is paid for by – A Coalition of Teachers, Nurses, Seniors, and Renters for Affordable Housing, Sponsored by AIDSHealthCare Foundation, California Teachers Association, and California Nurses Association.

Why No On Prop 10 – It Makes A Bad Situation Worse

California families are facing a severe housing affordability crisis. Unfortunately, Prop 10 is a deeply flawed measure that will make our housing crisis worse.

Seniors, veterans and affordable housing experts all oppose Prop 10 because it will make housing less available and less affordable. And Prop 10 eliminates protections for homeowners, could impose price controls on those who want to rent even one room of their home and will reduce home values for middle-class families at a time when many homeowners are counting on their homes to help finance their retirement.

No protections for renters, seniors or veterans – has no protections for renters, seniors, veterans, or the disabled.

No rent rollbacks – no specific revisions to reduce rents.

No New Affordable Housing – contains zeros funding for affordable housing and contains no requirements that housing be built.

Paid for by No on Prop 10; Californians for Responsible Housing, A Coalition of Veterans, Seniors, Housing Providers, Social Justice Groups, Taxpayer Associations, and Labor. Committee Major Funding from Essex Property Trust, Inc., and Affiliated Entities; Equity Residential; and California Association of Realtors Issues Mobilization PAC.

Do your homework. How would you vote on this measure? Do you think we need rent control or do you think the system we currently have is working just fine?

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