Kern County Newspaper Says It will “Aggravate” State’s Housing Shortage
The Bakersfield Californian, Kern County’s leading newspaper, became the latest newspaper editorial board to urge readers to vote no on Proposition 21.
In a Sunday editorial, the Californian noted “Proposition 21 is a watered-down version of a rent-control ballot measure Californians rejected in 2018 with a 59 percent vote. After conducting focus groups and making some modest changes to their proposal, advocates placed it on the ballot again, hoping voters would be enticed to support it. The problem is that the economics of California’s housing shortage hasn’t changed. And this seemingly ‘simple’ solution will only aggravate it.”
The Bakersfield Californian joins several other leading state newspapers that have editorialized early against Proposition 21. Last week, the Bay Area News Group (publishers of the San Jose Mercury News and East Bay Times) and the Southern California Newspaper Group, publishers of 11 daily newspapers including the Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise and Los Angeles Daily News, also editorialized against Prop. 21, saying it would make California’s current housing crisis worse.