Joins Nearly All of State’s Newspapers Editorializing Against “Housing Freeze”

SACRAMENTO – The San Diego Union-Tribune today editorialized against Proposition 21, the “housing freeze” initiative, joining nearly all of the other state’s major newspaper editorial boards in opposing the measure.

In an editorial titled, “No on Prop. 21: Expanding rent control will make California housing crisis worse,” the Union-Tribune notes: “In 2018, state voters decisively rejected Proposition 10, another rent control measure. Then in 2019 state lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted Assembly Bill 1482, a rent control bill. Apparently, Sacramento didn’t get the message. It’s time to send another one. Rent control is the wrong way to help Californians struggling with housing. Lawmakers who are juggling a lot during this pandemic need to not lose sight of that. The long-term solution is listening to experts and building new houses.”

Read the entire editorial here.

The Union-Tribune is the latest California in urging its readers to vote no on Proposition 21. McClatchy Newspapers, the publishers of the Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee, Modesto Bee, San Luis Obispo Tribune, and Merced Sun-Star, urged their readers to oppose Proposition 21 last month. The San Francisco Chronicle, The Bakersfield Californian, the Bay Area News Group (San Jose Mercury NewsEast Bay TimesMarin Independent Journal), the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and the Southern California Newspaper Group (publishers of multiple newspapers including the Los Angeles Daily News, Riverside Press Enterprise, and Orange County Register) also have issued editorials 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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