San Francisco Supervisors, Bay Area Groups Endorse Prop. 21 - Rent Control Ballot Measure

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VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE – Zoom

Wednesday, October 7th 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Elected officials, housing justice advocates in the Bay Area endorse Proposition 21, a November ballot measure which will allow cities to enact or expand rent control policies that limit rent increases and will help keep families in their homes

Housing justice advocates and champions of Proposition 21, a November state ballot initiative that will allow cities to enact or expand rent control policies that limit rent increases, will host a Zoom press conference TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 pm (noon) PT to announce and celebrate key endorsements of the measure by several Bay Area elected officials and bodies as well as community groups and other individuals including last week’s unanimous endorsement of Prop. 21 by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Other key endorsements for Prop. 21 from the Bay Area include: United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D Oakland), California Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland/East Bay -18th District), California Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco -17th District) and Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose -27th District).

Many of the individuals and groups will show their support for Prop.21 in a VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) PT to urge voter support for the statewide Proposition 21.

WHAT:

VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE: Bay Area elected Officials and Groups Endorse Prop. 21 - Rent Control Ballot Measure

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time

HOW:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar/press conference.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CXGUH351RRSY_ErPcmGr5A

NOTE: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

WHO:

  • René Christian Moya, campaign director, Yes On 21 campaign

  • Shanti Singh, Communications Legislative Coordinator for Tenants Together

  • Hon. Rob Bonta, California Assemblymember (D-Oakland/East Bay -18th District)

  • Christine Pelosi, Member, Democratic National Committee and Chair of the CA Democratic Party Women's Caucus

  • David Campos, incoming chief of staff for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, and former San Francisco Supervisor, District 9

  • Hon. Dan Kalb, Oakland City Council Member (District 1) and candidate for California's 15th State Assembly

  • Hon. Aisha Wahab, Hayward City Councilmember and the first Afghan-American to run for office and win

  • Soli Alpert, elected rent board member, City of Berkeley

  • Hon. Hilary Ronen, San Francisco Supervisor, District 9 (NOTE: participation pending her confirmation)

  • Jackie Fielder, candidate, California State Senate, district

  • Demisha Burns, Ph.D., MSW, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD)

  • Jovanka Beckles, former Richmond City Councilmember and Richmond Progressive Alliance founder

  • Efrain Delgado, Asian Law Alliance

  • James Daniels, Member of ACCE Action (Richmond, CA)

"For 25 years, state Costa Hawkins law has tied our hands, with devastating impacts on the city’s housing situation. While we are starting to see news that rents are coming down due to COVID, they remain far out of reach for many San Franciscans. This means that teachers, police officers, healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers have had to move farther and farther out of the city, farther from work, putting at risk our city's ability to maintain essential functions and respond to emergencies," said the Honorable Hilary Ronen, San Francisco Supervisor representing District 9. "Prop. 21 is a measured, balanced approach to allow cities the flexibility to consider local community housing needs and legislate protections that are appropriate to local conditions."

"It is both a high-water mark and an honor to have such enthusiastic support from so many distinguished Bay Area legislators, groups and individuals, most notably, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote last week endorsing Proposition 21," said Susie Shannon, policy director for the Yes on 21 campaign. "The Bay Area has long been a hot spot and microcosm of California’s housing affordability crisis. Now more than ever, Proposition 21 is needed to help keep California families in their homes, especially at a time when millions of Californians face even further housing insecurity due to the devastating economic impact of COVID-19."

Proposition 21

When passed, Proposition 21 will remove current state law restrictions, giving cities and counties the power to implement and expand rent control policies that limit how much rents can increase each year. It would allow local communities to:

  • Expand rent control to more buildings while exempting newly constructed buildings.

  • Exempt single-family homeowners who own up to two homes.

  • Allow limits on rent increases when a new renter moves in.

Housing Is A Human Right (HHR) is the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and the leading sponsor of Proposition 21.

Proposition 21 is sponsored by Homeowners & Tenants United, with significant funding by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. To learn more, visit www.yeson21ca.org and www.housinghumanright.org.

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Contacts

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ged Kenslea, AHF Communications Dir., gedk@aidshealth.org (323) 791-5526 cell