Although not on the agenda, arguments over rent control dominated the discussion Wednesday at a San Diego City Council committee meeting.

Scores of public speakers – both for and against rent control – appeared before the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, which includes four City Council members.

Signage brought to Wednesday’s meeting by tenant activists.

The meeting was designed to focus on anti-displacement, Section 8 vouchers and issues surrounding the expiration of San Diego’s affordable housing stock.

That didn’t matter to San Diego Tenants United, a media-savvy but hastily organized tenant-advocacy group that took an aggressive stance in hijacking part of Wednesday’s discussion.

Its members were rude and demanding when addressing the committee …

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