Cox Opposes Rent Control Ballot Initiative–Newsom Silent

The openly socialist Mayor of Sacramento opposes the statewide rent control ballot measure, “Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said Thursday he opposes a rent control ballot measure being pushed by the powerful Service Employees International Union labor union and is instead drafting an ordinance with protections for renters he plans to bring to the City Council this summer.” From the Sacramento Bee

The Republican nominee for Governor also opposes it—“ Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox Saturday called a rent control initiative set to appear on the November ballot “a bad deal for renters.”

“Building more housing will bring rents down,” Cox tweeted as he shared a story about the measure qualifying for the November ballot. “This measure treats the symptom, not the disease – it’s a bad deal for renters.”

Looks like Gavin Newsom is going to his pollsters to decide his position.  So far, he has refused to tell anyone.

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Cox Opposes Rent Control Ballot Initiative

Contributing Editor, My News LA,  6/16/18

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox Saturday called a rent control initiative set to appear on the November ballot “a bad deal for renters.”

“Building more housing will bring rents down,” Cox tweeted as he shared a story about the measure qualifying for the November ballot. “This measure treats the symptom, not the disease – it’s a bad deal for renters.

What backers have dubbed the Affordable Housing Act would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a 1995 law that bans rent control on apartment buildings, condominiums and houses built after 1995 and froze local rent control laws.

The 1995 law also allows landlords to raise rents by an unlimited amount when a unit becomes vacant.

If adopted by voters, the initiative would give cities and counties expanded authority to enact rent control on residential property.

There was no immediate response to an email sent Saturday night to a spokesman for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, seeking the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s position on the initiative.

Newsom has said “we must also implement stronger tenant protections and expand rent control to prevent people from being displaced. We can do so in a way that still provides incentives for increased housing production.”

The initiative qualifying for the ballot “recognizes that millions of California residents are struggling to afford their homes and can’t wait any longer for relief,” said Damien Goodmon, the director of the campaign on behalf of the initiative, which is backed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Friday the initiative had surpassed the 402,468 projected valid signatures needed to qualify by random sampling.

 

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