32 Year-Army Vet Notes Opposition of Veterans’ Groups to “Housing Freeze” Measure

SACRAMENTO – Californians for Responsible Housing today released its second television commercial attacking Proposition 21, the “housing freeze” ballot measure opposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and a broad coalition of senior, labor, and affordable housing groups.

The 30-second ad features Col. Lou Carmona of Rancho Murieta, a retired U.S. Army pilot, who notes that the state’s major veterans’ groups oppose Prop 21, and that “the cost of housing is out of control. Prop 21 will make things even worse.”

Carmona served 32 years in the Army before retiring as a Colonel in 2018. He deployed to Bosnia in the late 90’s and did three tours in Iraq/Afghanistan/Kuwait. He also flew Blackhawk helicopters in the National Guard.

The ad featuring Carmona can be seen here.

The new ad from Californians for Responsible Housing comes in the wake of a Yes on 21 campaign ad that features an actor portraying a veteran. That ad quickly came under fire from veterans for violating the state’s “Stolen Valor Act.” It has prompted veterans to file complaints with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and District Attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles for violating state laws and with the FPPC for failing to disclose an actor was used to portray a veteran.

Ad text: “We have so many veterans living on our streets in California. The cost of housing is out of control. Prop 21 will make things even worse when many vets are already on the brink. Prop 21 will stop new housing from being built. And 21 hurts renters and has no protections for veterans or seniors. And no plan to help homeless vets or create the housing we need. We served our country and deserve a place to call home. That’s why veterans’ groups across California say No on 21.” 

Veterans groups opposing Proposition 21 include: American Legion, Department of California; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dept. of California; AMVETS, Department of California; AMVETS Service Foundation, Department of California; Association of the U.S. Army, Northern California Chapters; Association of the U.S. Army, Southern California Chapters; Cesar E. Chavez Sacramento Chapter of the American G.I. Forum; Filipino-American United States Marines Association; Jewish War Veterans, Department of California; Marine Corps Veterans Association; Military Officers Association of America, California Council of Chapters; Reserve Organization of America, Department of the Golden West; Scottish American Military Society – California Chapters; Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council; and the Women Veterans Alliance.

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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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