"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.
"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.
"California is in the clutches of a housing crisis, one that is making it more difficult for middle-class families to find a safe, affordable place to live. Unfortunately, Proposition 10 — the ballot measure that repeals the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, including protections for tenants and single-family homeowners — could make the housing crisis worse, creating more pressure on the San Diego housing market and contributing to our region’s growing homeless problem. Of course, in San Diego, any significant public policy decision involving housing disproportionately impacts veterans. Military veterans make up more than 13 percent of the population of San Diego County, and vets play an integral role in our community. Despite the sacrifices our veterans make for our communities and nation, many struggle to get on their feet and build a life for themselves in the civilian world. That’s why the American Legion is focused on housing affordability as a critical public policy issue. It is one that directly impacts our members; more than one-third of all vets pay too much for their housing, and 67 percent of homeless veterans in California are living unsheltered — also the highest numbers in the nation. Other veterans groups including the state chapters of Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and the American GI Forum have joined us in opposing Proposition 10, citing [...]
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