State Building and Construction Trades Council of California Announces Opposition to “Housing Freeze” Initiative

Sacramento – The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California today announced its opposition to the “housing freeze” ballot initiative financed by anti-housing activist and businessman Michael Weinstein that has qualified for the November 2020 ballot. The initiative would repeal significant portions of the state’s rental housing laws and undermine the strongest statewide rent control and renter protections in the nation, which became law in January with the enactment of Assembly Bill 1482.

The following statement can be attributed to Cesar Diaz, Legislative and Political Director of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California:

“The State Building Trades Council does not waver in our commitment to provide all working families with access to affordable housing.  Our Council, along with a diverse coalition, helped pass the state’s landmark rent control legislation, AB 1482, ‘the Tenant Protection Act of 2019.’  Californians are suffering from record levels of income inequality combined with skyrocketing rents. This initiative, disguised as a solution to these problems, will interfere with historic renter protections and block the path towards future investment in the construction of affordable housing units for the working class.

“The ballot measure is a distraction aimed at delaying important advances in protecting renters and building housing to alleviate the crisis impacting our working families.  We will work hard to ensure its defeat in November.”

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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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