Mayors, County Supervisors, Groups Say Measure Will Worsen Region’s Affordable Housing Crisis
SACRAMENTO – More than 30 elected officials and groups from throughout the Central Valley today announced their opposition to Proposition 21, the November measure that opponents say will reduce affordable housing in the region and could lead to cuts in community services.
The comprehensive list of officials opposed to Proposition 21 includes County Supervisors, Mayors, City Council Members, and local business and community groups from throughout the Central Valley. They cite the independent Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) review of the ballot initiative that Prop 21 could result in a decline in property values which in turn will result in the potential loss of tax revenue in the “high tens of millions of dollars per year” to local government.
“Prop 21 is the same bad idea the voters rejected in 2018,” said Mayor Brand. “It would give unelected rent boards unlimited power to create housing fees that would cripple the industry. Not only would increased fees hurt renters whose pocketbooks have already been hit because of COVID-19, mom and pop landlords who can’t pay their mortgages due to the pandemic would never recover.
“This initiative also has no protections for veterans, seniors or other vulnerable populations. It should be rejected by voters once again,” Brand added.
Elected officials and groups opposing Prop 21 include:
Mayor Brand and the community groups join a broad, bipartisan coalition including labor, veterans, senior, affordable housing, taxpayer and other organizations opposed to Proposition 21. They include the Congress of California Seniors, the California Council for Affordable Housing, the Marine Corps Veterans Association, California State Conference of the NAACP, and the State Building and Construction Council of California.
The Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee, Merced Sun-Star, and Bakersfield Californian also have editorialized against Proposition 21.
A similar measure, Proposition 10, was defeated by nearly 20 points in the 2018 general election.