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We Need Common-Sense Solutions to Fix Housing Crisis, Not Rent Control

"Sacramento faces a serious affordable housing problem. The Bee editorial board calls on the mayor, city council, developers and SEIU-backed tenants’ organizations to set aside their differences and forge a compromise that takes aggressive action (The mayor has a plan to fix the housing crisis. Now he needs help, Editorials, July 16). We agree. That’s why our coalition, Citizens for Affordable Housing, is committed to finding fair and common-sense answers." Click here to continue reading.

July 17th, 2018|

The Rising Politics of (Too Damn High) Rent

"Eight years ago, a New York resident and long-shot gubernatorial candidate named Jimmy McMillan became briefly, rightfully famous on the internet and the late-night talk-show circuit, and not just because of his immaculate facial hair. “The rent is too damn high,” his campaign slogan, inspired memes and a now-defunct political party, but it didn’t just resonate because it was funny. That slogan, still quoted regularly in news outlets around the country, is as true as ever. And while McMillan’s policy prescriptions were sometimes impractical—he called for reducing all rents to 2001 levels—the issue has recently received more serious treatment from aspiring politicians. In New York, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and state Senate candidate Julia Salazar, both Democrats who have affiliated themselves with democratic socialism, are running on expanded rent control policies. And in California this fall, voters will have the power to repeal a law restricting rent control on newer units. Many American renters are in crisis: The Pew Charitable Trusts found that the share of “rent-burdened” households—those which spent at least a third of pre-tax income on rent—rose from 19 percent in 2001 to 38 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, multiple factors—including the Great Recession, still-stagnant wages, and demographic trends—have caused a steady increase in Americans who rent, to a 50-year high (and a concurrent decline in homeownership). With several of those trends showing no sign of slowing, the percentage of renters [...]

July 16th, 2018|

It’s Back to the Bargaining Table After Rent Control Advocates Abandon Ballot Initiative

"The effort to put a rent control law before voters has been called off for now, but the problem that prompted it remains: Long Beach is in the grip of a housing affordability crisis. The coalition of groups that launched the unsuccessful rent control campaign said no matter what happens, tenant rights need to be strengthened. City leaders are “not doing anything to address this housing crisis and renters are being pushed out of their homes as they have been for years now,” said Josh Butler, executive director of Housing Long Beach, one of the groups involved in pushing the ballot measure. After announcing this week the end of the local signature-gathering campaign, Butler said his coalition will focus on supporting a statewide ballot initiative, Proposition 10, which seeks to repeal a law that restricts cities from imposing rent control on units built after 1995. Mike Murchison, a lobbyist and spokesman for the landlord group Long Beach Residents for Fair Housing, said that while landlords statewide are worried about the potential repeal of the Costa Hawkins Act, those in his coalition breathed a big sigh of relief when they learned that the signature gathering process had been suspended. The negotiations for the future of rental housing in Long Beach will go on, Murchison said, but rent control is a non-starter." [...]

July 16th, 2018|

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