“In California, rent control has been limited since 1995. That’s when the legislature passed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act restricting cities’ ability to pass laws controlling rent increases.

Costa-Hawkins exempted single-family homes, condominiums and newly constructed apartments from rent control. It also banned “vacancy control,” where cities could limit rent increases for new tenants. California’s Proposition 10, on the ballot in November, would repeal Costa-Hawkins, allowing cities to create their own rent control policies. The extreme lack of affordable housing across the state, exemplified by rapidly rising rents, is the impetus for the initiative.

A late-September poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows Proposition 10 lagging, with an approval rate of just 36 percent of voters.

Paola Martinez-Montes, director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, challenged Proposition 10 opponents on KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday and in an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune. She said, unlike what challengers of the measure say, rent control doesn’t slow construction of new housing.

One of those opponents is Alan Pentico, executive director of the San Diego County Apartment Association. He’ll share his side Thursday on Midday Edition.”

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