Monthly Archives: September 2018


Feinstein Maintains Robust Lead in California Race

"Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has seen her advantage in her race against state Sen. Kevin de León chopped in half since July. But she still maintains a commanding, double-digit lead in her bid for a fifth full term, despite being the recent target of bipartisan criticism regarding her handling of sexual assault allegations against Judge [...]

2018-09-28T09:52:57+00:00September 28th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Our View: No on Prop. 10 – More Rent Control Really Means Less Housing

Rent control has long been a poster child for the law of unintended consequences. Yes, it holds down rents for one group of tenants, but it tends to raise them for the rest. It gives landlords an incentive to skimp on building maintenance. It discourages mobility, reducing housing availability. By far the most damaging of [...]

2018-09-28T09:43:16+00:00September 28th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Can’t Afford the Rent? Then Do Something! Just Don’t Make it Worse

Picture a young adult, mid-20s, hoping to move out (finally) of her parents’ home. She looks around Modesto for a nice, safe, affordable apartment. Here’s what she finds: Making her parents’ mortgage payment would be cheaper than paying rent. What young person can afford $1,150 or $1,200 a month for a one bedroom? This is an outrage! [...]

2018-09-28T08:49:03+00:00September 28th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

California Rent Control Ballot Measure Lagging, New Poll Finds

A November ballot initiative that would allow cities to enact strong rent control across California is widely unpopular, even among renters, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll. Roughly half of likely voters — 48 percent — oppose Proposition 10, according to the poll — the first conducted on the measure. Just [...]

2018-09-27T14:36:20+00:00September 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

What a Rent Control Fight in Silicon Valley Could Mean for the Rest of California

A fight over rent control has raged for three years in the Silicon Valley suburb of Mountain View with no end in sight. It began in October 2015, when Mountain View City Council members rejected pleas from tenant activists to limit rent increases. Tenant groups responded with a November 2016 ballot initiative to restrict rent [...]

2018-09-27T14:24:16+00:00September 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

California Prop 10: ‘Local Control’ or Housing Freeze?

If I wanted the cost of market price housing to go up—forcing more to flee the State, I would support Prop. 10.  If I wanted to raise taxes and have fewer places for the poor to live?  I would support Prop. 10.  If I believe that government should control housing stock (look how good they [...]

2018-09-27T10:46:38+00:00September 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Rent Control: What We Can Learn From Berkeley and Santa Monica

"Walk into almost any rent-controlled apartment building in California, and you will likely find new tenants paying twice the price charged to their neighbors who moved in long ago. That wasn’t always the case. In Berkeley and Santa Monica, two liberal cities that 40 years ago pioneered some of the strongest rent control laws in [...]

2018-09-27T10:41:14+00:00September 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Strict Rent Control Has Been Banned in California for 20 Years. Now Voters Could Resurrect it.

Walk into almost any rent-controlled apartment building in California, and you will likely find new tenants paying twice the price charged to their neighbors who moved in long ago. That wasn’t always the case. In Berkeley and Santa Monica, two liberal cities that 40 years ago pioneered some of the strongest rent control laws in [...]

2018-09-27T10:36:32+00:00September 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

California Initiative to Expand Rent Control Faces Big Deficit, New Poll Says

With less than six weeks to go before election day, a ballot initiative to expand rent control in California is falling far short of passage, according to a new poll. Proposition 10, which would allow cities and counties across the state to implement robust new rent stabilization efforts, has support from 36% of likely voters, with 48% [...]

2018-09-27T10:28:17+00:00September 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|