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. Prop 21 will make things even worse when many vets are already on the brink. Prop 21 will stop new housing from being built,” the retired colonel says in the ad. “And 21 hurts renters and has no protections for veterans or seniors. And no plan to help homeless vets or create the housing we need. We served our country and deserve a place to call home. That’s why veterans’ groups across California say No on 21.”
Earlier this month, proponents of Prop 21 came under fire for hiring an actor — not a real veteran – to portray a war hero in a commercial endorsing the radical rent control measure. Nowhere in the ad did proponents disclose that the “war hero” is an actor. The ad prompted veterans to file complaints with state and local prosecutors alleging a violation of the “Stolen Valor Act,” which prohibits such impersonations of military veterans.