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Screenshot of actor Troy Dillinger portraying an Army veteran in a Yes on 21 ad. Actual veterans, who are largely opposed to Prop 21, say the ad is misleading and violates the Stolen Valor Act. Early in the election season, more than a dozen veteran groups came out against Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters this fall. So, it raised some eyebrows — and tempers — when the Yes on 21 campaign began running an ad depicting a highly decorated military man promoting a proposition that veterans clearly don’t want. What’s more, the man in… Read More

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The San Francisco Chronicle on Monday urged voters to reject Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure on California’s Nov. 3 ballot. With the Chronicle’s editorial, nearly every major newspaper in the state has now opposed the measure. The editorial notes that “the case for rent control, overwhelmingly rejected by experts and refuted by research, might have seemed unlikely to grow weaker. And yet it has.” The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board points to the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 10, the nearly identical measure overwhelmingly rebuffed by voters in 2018. “In the two years since Californians rejected the last attempt… Read More

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https://player.vimeo.com/video/455693661 The CAA-led campaign to defeat Proposition 21 has released its first television advertisement against the extreme rent control measure on November’s ballot. Titled “California Dream,” the 30-second television advertisement features Al Wong, a Bay Area small property owner whose parents were immigrants from Hong Kong. Wong’s message: Proposition 21 turns the California Dream of home ownership into a “nightmare.” The ad comes from Californians for Responsible Housing, a campaign committee sponsored by the California Apartment Association aimed at defeating Prop 21. In the ad, which will run on television in major markets throughout the state, Wong notes that Prop… Read More

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California’s McClatchy newspapers — including the Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto Bees — today joined a chorus of other news outlets urging voters to reject Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Earlier this week, the Bakersfield Californian also editorialized against the measure. Financed by Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Prop 21 threatens to bring back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in the 1970s. “… under the rent control being proposed, the incentive to build market-rate units could disappear. That, in turn, could lead builders to avoid such projects, worsening the… Read More

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An appellate court has ordered the city of Sacramento to place a local rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot, overturning a lower court ruling from two weeks ago. The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on Wednesday ruled in favor of initiative proponent Michelle Pariset and against the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Superior Court.

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Several of California’s large metro newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News. the L.A. Daily News, and the Orange County Register, took a stand last week against Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot. Financed by Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the proposition threatens to bring back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in the 1970s. On Thursday, Aug. 6, the Southern California News Group, which includes the Orange County Register, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News and several other papers, urged readers to vote no on the measure.… Read More

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Two of California’s leading senior citizen organizations announced this week their opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure on November’s statewide ballot.  The Congress of California Seniors and the California Seniors Advocates League say Proposition 21 would make it more difficult for seniors to find affordable housing. The proposition would cause this by slowing the construction of new projects and reducing the number of properties on the market to rent. They also pointed to a report from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office that said Proposition 21would lower property values. “Prop 21 provides no protections for seniors and would hurt… Read More

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Proposition 21, the November ballot measure that would return extreme, 1970s-style rent control to California, could result in “a potential reduction in state and local revenues in the high tens of millions of dollars per year over time,” says the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. In a recently released report on the measure, the Legislative Analyst’s Office said “some landlords would sell their rental housing to new owners who would live there,” which would result in less affordable housing available to the state’s renters. The office further noted that, if Proposition 21 were to become law “the value of rental housing… Read More

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Tenant activists have again failed to collect enough signatures to place a rent control measure before voters in the city of Santa Ana. On Monday, Tenants United Santa Ana turned in 2,400 signatures at City Hall — far shy of the 10,909 valid voter signatures required to qualify the initiative for the Nov. 3 ballot. Rent control proponents blamed the failure on the coronavirus, saying it prevented petitioners from going door-to-door, the Orange County Register reported. “Time and time again, it’s abundantly clear that voters do not believe rent control will solve the housing shortage,” said Victor Cao, CAA’s vice… Read More

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The California Apartment Association last week joined the city of Sacramento in its lawsuit to keep a draconian rent control initiative off the November 2020 ballot. Like the city, CAA opposes the far-reaching rent control measure, which traces back to 2018, when local tenant activists tried to qualify a rent control initiative for November of that year. Although rent control proponents failed to collect enough signatures for the fall, they kept circulating their petition and ultimately qualified the initiative for the November 2020 election.

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