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It is Wrong for Medicare-Supported AIDS Healthcare Foundation to Spend Millions on Political Campaigns Unrelated to Healthcare

"In November, California voters will decide whether to re-write the law regarding home ownership and real estate investment in our state. To me, the most alarming aspect of Prop. 10 is not what it seeks to achieve – wiping out policy that has governed California rental property ownership for more than two decades – but how it originated. Prop. 10 is on the ballot for one reason: Michael Weinstein, the head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, wants it on the ballot. Weinstein’s nonprofit spent more than $2 million of AHF money to hire professional signature gatherers to get Prop, 10 on the ballot. On Aug. 3, Mr. Weinstein announced that his group had donated another $10 million to support the rent control measure. For those who know the AHF’s history, this is not that surprising. This tax-exempt organization claims it is dedicated to “hospice and health care services to AIDS, HIV, and other patients, and engaging in related educational activities.” But it turns out that the group has spent millions of dollars on Weinstein’s pet political projects for years. In 2017, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation contributed more than $5 million to advocate for Measure S, a local initiative that would have greatly restricted new real estate development projects in Los Angeles County. Measure S would also have prevented the development [...]

August 13th, 2018|

Rent Control Fuels Costliest Fight on California 2018 Ballot

"A Los Angeles-based healthcare nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a November initiative it's spearheading to let cities and counties regulate rental fees in buildings that state law currently shields from such control. A $10 million contribution the foundation reported Wednesday made the initiative the most expensive on the 2018 ballot so far. Started in 1987 to provide hospice care to AIDS patients, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has grown into a global healthcare organization similar in size to Planned Parenthood. The group also has waded into politics, bankrolling measures ranging from prescription drug pricing to housing policy, as well as lobbying at the state and federal level." Click here to continue reading.

August 13th, 2018|

Berkeley Residents to Vote on New Rent Control Exemptions

"Berkeley residents may be able to set some of their own rent control rules if Californians vote to repeal the 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act in November. Costa Hawkins bars cities from imposing rent control on houses and condominiums as well as “new construction” — any housing built either after 1995 or after a city first established rent control. Since Berkeley first established rent control in 1980, anything built in the past 38 years has been exempt from rent control under Costa Hawkins. If the statewide proposition to repeal Costa Hawkins passes in November, Berkeley’s 1980 rent control ordinance would go back into effect. That ordinance also had a “new construction” exemption as well, but the exemption was never updated since Costa Hawkins was passed 15 years later and overruled Berkeley’s ordinance." Click here to continue reading.

August 13th, 2018|

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