Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, joined by community groups from across the Central Valley, today announced their opposition to Proposition 21, the November ballot measure financed by Michael Weinstein’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation that would undermine the strongest statewide rent control and renter protections in the nation.
“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.”
Central Valley leaders and organizations opposed to Prop 21 include:
· Si Se Puede Fresno, Tulare, Kings & Kern
· Fresno Chamber of Commerce
· Central Valley Business Federation (BizFed)
· Dinuba Chamber of Commerce
· Tulare Chamber of Commerce
· Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
· Seik Center of the Pacific Coast
· Central Valley Yemen Society
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.
A similar measure, Proposition 10, was defeated by nearly 20 points in the 2018 general election.