Monthly Archives: June 2019

Price Controls Are Harmful and Their Supporters Know It

Price controls cause serious problems but that doesn’t stop politicians from proposing them. The minimum wage—which is a control on wages—has been in the news for years and recently rent control and interest rate caps on credit cards have joined it in the headlines. Proponents of price controls claim they help, but a closer look shows that [...]

2019-06-28T11:40:44-07:00June 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

What Rent Control Protects and What It Doesn’t

After several decades on the defensive, rent regulation has been on the comeback trail in the U.S. lately. In Oregon, the state Legislature and governor approved a new law early this year that limits rent increases to 7% a year plus inflation. In California, the state Assembly passed a similar capin May that’s currently in committee in the state Senate, and local rent-control [...]

2019-06-28T11:35:48-07:00June 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

City Councilman Wants State to Match Los Angeles’ $1.2 Billion Housing Fund

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell called on the state today to direct $1.2 billion toward the city's battle against homelessness, matching the amount of a voter-approved municipal bond measure aimed at attacking the problem. “We need to augment our programs and go beyond and push for 20,000 (supportive housing) units [...]

2019-06-28T11:32:45-07:00June 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

President Trump targets preservation, zoning, and rent control regulations

President Donald Trump issued an executive order that establishes a White House Council focused on "eliminating regulatory barriers to affordable housing." The council is to be chaired by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson. The order reads: "These regulatory barriers include: overly restrictive zoning and growth management controls; rent controls; cumbersome building and rehabilitation codes; [...]

2019-06-28T11:16:17-07:00June 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

SF affordable housing projects kick-started with $40 million in state funds

For more than a half-century, the Kahn & Keville tire shop at Turk and Larkin streets has been known for the inspirational sayings spelled out on the letter board sign perched on the corner. Now the sign’s days may be numbered: Last week, the city learned that the nonprofit developer that owns the property [...]

2019-06-28T11:05:41-07:00June 28th, 2019|Advocacy|

Lawmakers—cutting big checks to combat the housing crisis—fight over who gets the money

California lawmakers have approved more than $2 billion in new state spending on housing and homelessness. If that sounds like a big number, it is. The lion’s share will target the state’s homeless population, including $650 million in grants for local governments to build and maintain emergency shelters and $100 million for wrap-around care for the state’s [...]

2019-06-28T10:54:42-07:00June 27th, 2019|Advocacy|

After Razing Rent-Controlled Apartments, Mountain View Adopts New Affordable Housing Rules

After approving the demolition of more than 100 rent-controlled apartment unitsthis year, Mountain View is putting more pressure on developers to build affordable units into their project plans . From December to April, the Mountain View City Council approved three separate market-rate housing projects by the Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes that all called for razing [...]

2019-06-27T16:59:35-07:00June 27th, 2019|Advocacy|

Jim Breslo: California’s Homeless Crisis and the Democrats — What It Means for 2020

Now that California’s shocking homeless problem has been brought to the nation’s attention, it should be instructive to voters heading into the next presidential election to see how the state’s Democratic leadership addresses the problem.  Will they properly identify the cause, or will political correctness interfere?  Will they deliver the right solutions, or will progressive politics take [...]

2019-06-24T17:07:07-07:00June 24th, 2019|Advocacy|

California Senate Set to Hear Rent Control Bill

A California bill aimed at applying rent control across the state is set to receive its first hearing in the state Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco on July 9th. The proposed bill would apply rent control to all types of housing in every city and [...]

2019-06-24T16:57:58-07:00June 24th, 2019|Advocacy|

Mass. housing activists pushing for rent control

BOSTON - Lawmakers in New York have just passed a wave of landmark bills aimed at strengthening protections for tenants. Now, Massachusetts housing activists are calling it a major victory in the push for rent control here in the Bay State. Lisa Owen, executive director of the local nonprofit City Life tells Boston 25 News it [...]

2019-06-24T16:51:05-07:00June 24th, 2019|Advocacy|