Senator Richard Roth Announces Opposition to Proposition 21

Roth, a Democrat and retired Major General, Cites Impact on Affordable Housing for Veterans, Schools Funding

State Senator and retired United States Air Force Major General Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside), today announced his opposition to Proposition 21, the ballot measure on the November ballot that opponents say will worsen California’s housing crisis.

Roth based his opposition on concerns that Proposition 21 would result in a halt in the construction of affordable housing in the fast-growing Inland Empire, a reduction in property values, and cuts to local government. He also noted that it would have a negative impact on the ability of veterans to obtain affordable housing.

General Roth said: “Inland Southern California needs more affordable housing, not less. In the State Senate, I proudly supported the nation’s strongest anti-rent gouging law and have worked tirelessly to advance policies that incentivize the construction of housing across the affordability spectrum. Unfortunately, Proposition 21 will not only stop construction of critically needed housing, it will result in lower property values and less funding for schools, and less affordable housing and essential programs for veterans. California’s voters already rejected this proposal two years ago, and it is even more critical for us to defeat it now in the wake of the global pandemic. I am proud to join a bipartisan coalition of veterans, seniors, small business owners, groups representing working men and women, affordable housing advocates and more in opposing Proposition 21.

“Furthermore, I could not be more disappointed that supporters of this measure would apparently authorize someone to impersonate a veteran in uniform, claiming to be entitled to wear the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, among others – military decorations that service men and women over the decades have sacrificed much to earn.”

General Roth was first elected to represent the 31st State Senate district in 2012, which encompasses the cities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Norco, Perris, Riverside and March Air Reserve Base. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Roth served in the United States Air Force for 32 years and retired in 2007 in the grade of Major General. He is the highest-ranking military officer to ever serve in the State Legislature.

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Paid for by No on Prop 21: Californians for Responsible Housing, a coalition of seniors, veterans, affordable housing advocates, labor & social justice organizations, sponsored by California Apartment Association. Committee Major Funding from Essex Property Trust and Affiliated Entities; Equity Residential; and AvalonBay Communities.
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