Senator Melissa Hurtado Announces Opposition to Proposition 21

Hurtado, a Sanger Democrat, Cites Negative Impact on Affordable Housing in the Valley

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) today announced her opposition to Proposition 21, the November ballot measure that opponents say will worsen California’s housing crisis.

Senator Hurtado, who represents State Senate District 14, says Proposition 21 would result in a halt in the construction of affordable housing in Central Valley, a reduction in property values, and cuts to local government. She also noted that it would have a negative impact on the ability of veterans to obtain affordable housing.

“Families in the Central Valley are struggling with high housing costs, particularly during the COVID19 pandemic,” says Hurtado. “Prop 21 does nothing to build the affordable housing the valley needs. In fact, it is a deterrent to accelerating the supply of affordable housing while doing nothing to address homelessness and evictions. Voters should not be tricked by misleading claims put forward by the backers of Prop 21.”

She also pointed to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s (LAO) review of the measure. The LAO said Prop 21 could lead to a reduction in property values and less revenues for communities. “About the last thing our cities can afford is less revenue that will result in budget cuts,” notes Hurtado.

Hurtado said she supported Assembly Bill 3088 this year, landmark legislation to protect renters across the state from looming evictions from job and revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She says Prop 21 does nothing to help with that issue.

Senator Melissa Hurtado’s Senate District 14 includes cities in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties. She joins the Governor Newsom, the Californian Republican Party, the Bakersfield CalifornianFresno Bee, labor, senior, and veterans groups opposing Proposition 21.

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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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