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California Democratic Party Endorses Ballot Measure to Expand Rent Control
By Jorge Casuso
July 16, 2018 -- A measure to repeal California's vacancy decontrol law that could have a major impact in Santa Monica "overwhelmingly" won the support of State's Democratic Party on Sunday, campaign officials said.
More than 60 percent of the Party's Executive Board members, 90 percent of whom cast ballots, voted to back the measure on the November 6 ballot, campaign officials said.
If approved by voters, Proposition 10, known as the Affordable Housing Act, would give counties and cities with rent control, such as Santa Monica, the authority to expand their laws ("Statewide Measure to Repeal Vacancy Decontrol and Expand Rent Control Makes Ballot," June 15, 2018).
The campaign called Sunday's endorsement the biggest yet.
“Securing the Democratic Party endorsement is huge,“ Joe Trippi, the lead strategist for the campaign, said in a statement issued Monday.
“The party’s endorsement helps make clear that it stands with the millions of Californians struggling to pay the rent, and supports returning the power to respond to the state’s housing affordability crisis back to the people and back to local communities.”
At its annual convention in February, the California Democratic Party paved the way for Sunday's endorsement by adding the following language to its platform.
“Support allowing local communities to create strong tenant and affordability protections against displacement, speculation, rent increases, and evictions without interference from state law.”
Last month, the Santa Monica City Council prepared for the measure's possible victory by asking staff to draft a Charter Amendment setting a 2018 base rent if California voters repeal vacancy decontrol ("Santa Monica Council Votes to Explore Scaled-Down Rental Ballot Measure," June 27, 2018).
Council members, however, were hesitant to explore the two far-reaching ballot measures proposed by Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) that would have expanded local rent control and set a tax to build affordable housing.
The campaign's proponents are the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action (ACCE), the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the Eviction Defense Network.
The measure is staunchly opposed by the State's housing providers.
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