At a press conference yesterday in Los Angeles, serial initiative filer Michael Weinstein blasted the work of California’s legislative Democrats in passing a landmark anti-rent gouging legislation that was signed into legislation by Governor Gavin Newsom. The law takes effect on January 1, 2020.
“We have an overwhelming majority Democratic legislature and yet not a single, real meaningful renter justice issue has been approved by them,” said Weinstein.
Weinstein’s assessment may come as news to housing advocates — as well as Democratic legislators and Democratic leadership (including Governor Newsom) — who enacted Assembly Bill 1482, widely recognized as one the strongest rent protection laws in the nation.
The author of the legislation, Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), praised the new law, saying “Sacramento has finally heard the voices of renters across our state who have traditionally been overlooked and ignored.”
Governor Newsom noted “These anti-gouging and eviction protections will help families afford to keep a roof over their heads, and they will provide California with important new tools to combat our state’s broader housing and affordability crisis.”
With a headline of “California’s New Renters’ Protection Act Reflects Tenants’ Power,” two renters advocates called AB 1482 an “historic victory for tenants and renters” in CalMatters.
Fortunately, legislative Democrats are unlikely to be cowed by Weinstein’s barbs (and are listening to the voters who rejected Prop 10) by focusing on measures that will help end California’s housing crisis instead of making it worse.