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Supporters of extreme rent control have released “misleading” TV commercials promoting Proposition 21, according to fact checks by news media organizations throughout California. Proponents of Prop 21 are attempting to bring back the radical forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s and ’80s. Their advertising, however, fails to accurately describe the measure or the chilling effect it would have on affordable housing production. KCRA-TV, Northern California’s largest station, called two ads supporting Prop 21 on TV ads “misleading.” Among its criticism: ads say that homelessness would be reduced yet there is no provision in Proposition 21… Read More

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The list of California newspapers urging voters to reject radical rent control on the Nov. 3 ballot continues to grow. The Desert Sun, Chico Enterprise-Record, the Los Angeles Sentinel and La Opinión, are among the latest papers to editorialize against Proposition 21. “It’s almost identical to Proposition 10 on the November 2018 ballot,” the Chico Enterprise-Record notes. “That lost 59 percent to 41 percent, and there really should be a law against running out the same idea over and over. Rent control doesn’t increase affordable housing. It may protect those who already have rental homes, but it’s a disincentive to… Read More

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More than 100 elected leaders from throughout California this week announced their opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters in the Nov. 3 statewide election. The list of officials opposing radical rent control measure includes county supervisors, mayors, city council members, city clerks and board members. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Prop 21 could result in a decline in property values which in turn would result in the potential loss of tax revenue. Prop 21 also could result in “tens of millions of dollars per year” in increased costs to local government. Like… Read More

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In this No on Prop 21 ad, Cmdr. Michael Kerr expresses disgust at an ad by extreme rent control proponents that uses an actor to portray a war hero. The CAA-led campaign to defeat Proposition 21 released a pair of TV commercials this week highlighting U.S. veterans’ opposition to the extreme rent control measure and blasting a misleading ad by rent control proponents. A No on Prop 21 ad released Thursday slams a deceptive commercial from the yes campaign in which an actor portrays a war hero supporting the initiative. Titled “Sickening,” the No on Prop 21 ad features Cmdr.… Read More

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The San Diego Union-Tribune has joined major newspapers from across California in opposing Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure going before voters Nov. 3. “Rent control is the wrong way to help Californians struggling with housing,” says the editorial, titled No on Prop. 21: Expanding rent control will make California housing crisis worse. “Lawmakers who are juggling a lot during this pandemic need to not lose sight of that. The long-term solution is listening to experts and building new houses.” At this point, almost every major California newspaper has editorialized against Proposition 21. Like its predecessor Prop 10, Prop… Read More

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The CAA-led campaign to defeat Proposition 21 has released its second TV commercial aimed at keeping extreme forms of rent control out of California. The 30-second ad from Californians for Responsible Housing features Col. Lou Carmona of Rancho Murieta, a retired U.S. Army pilot who served 32 years in the Army before retiring as a colonel in 2018. Carmona deployed to Bosnia in the late 1990s and did three tours in Iraq/Afghanistan/Kuwait. He also flew Blackhawk helicopters in the National Guard. “We have so many veterans living on our streets in California. The cost of housing is out of control.… Read More

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Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, along with community groups across the Central Valley, have joined the opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters on Nov. 3 ballot. Fresno Mayor Lee Brand “Prop 21 is the same bad idea the voters rejected in 2018,” Brand said. “It would give unelected rent boards unlimited power to create housing fees that would cripple the industry. Not only would increased fees hurt renters whose pocketbooks have already been hit because of COVID-19, mom and pop landlords who can’t pay their mortgages due to the pandemic would never recover.” Other… Read More

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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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