On Wednesday, October 24, prominent leaders from health, housing, environmental, labor, seniors, immigrant rights, faith and civic organizations joined Proposition 10 supporters in Los Angeles and Sacramento. They highlighted the broad coalition of trusted organizations and advocates supporting Proposition 10.
Leaders offered remarks on why they are urging California voters to support Proposition 10, a critical step towards solving California’s housing affordability and homelessness crises:
Eric Bauman, Chair of California Democratic Party: “Proposition 10 is about creating a level playing field. On behalf of the Democratic Party, on behalf of working men and women across our state, I’m proud to say the California Democratic Party stands in strong support of Proposition 10.”
Rusty Hicks, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor: “When a landlord can wipe out the value of a wage increase with a stroke of the pen, it’s time to get organized and fight. We can build the housing California needs while we allow cities to protect families’ homes.”
David Fisher, Second Grade Teacher, representing California Association of Teachers: “Just like so many Californians, teachers and educators are struggling to make ends meet. Incomes have failed to keep up with the cost of living. Even our very best teachers are no exception — with even Teachers of the Year leaving California for other states. This mass exodus must end. We must do everything we can to keep our best educators here because the strength of our community and our kids’ shot at success depends upon it.”
Kathryn Phillips, Director of Sierra Club California: “There is a lot at stake in this election for all of our communities — from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the long-term sustainability of our neighborhoods. Don’t let big corporate interests buy your vote. Don’t believe their lies. Sierra Club is urging all Californians vote YES on Prop 10.”
Yannina Casillas, Government Affairs Coordinator of Council on American-Islamic Relations-California: “Proposition  not only impacts our friends and neighbors, but the entire culture and diversity of the state of California. Prop 10 will … ensure that our refugees, immigrants and undocumented community members feel safe, feel welcomed and don’t feel threatened by landlords who continue to raise rents and threaten them.”
Elena Popp, Executive Director of the Eviction Defense Network: “Tenants shouldn’t have to choose between feeding their children and paying the rent. And children shouldn’t be worried about displacement.”
April Verrett, Executive Vice President of the 325,000-member SEIU 2015: “We need to deal with the sky-high cost of housing and we need to act now. It cannot wait. Everyday more families are being pushed out of their homes away from their communities, from their friends and employment. Proposition 10 on the November 6 ballot is simple. It restores power to our local communities to protect renters. Our cities are on the frontlines of the housing and homelessness crisis We need the tools in order to tackle that crisis and that is what Proposition. 10 does for us.It allows us to have reasonable policies to prevent rent gouging.”
Brenda Ferguson, member of SEIU Local 1000: “Housing is a human right. If we pause for one moment and think about our values and what is just, I think most of us agree with that sentiment. What kind of society to allow people and families to get evicted and end up on the street. We all know it shouldn’t be that way.”
Ernie Powell, Social Security Works: “Seniors in California are facing some of the most severe burdens in this crisis. That means that 30 percent of their income is going to rent, and over half are severely rent burdened, that means that half of their income goes to rent. If you retire on fixed income rising rents is a particular challenge to you. If rents go up you may be forced to move and it’s just not fair to seniors and families. Let’s get out the senior vote and make sure they vote yes on Proposition 10.”
Rev. Francisco J. Garcia, Jr. of Inglewood Holy Faith Episcopal Church: “We have a travesty here. A moral failing There are people on our streets working 2 or 3 jobs, living in their cars, fighting to have the basic necessities of life – housing, shelter, food, human dignity. Prop 10 is a moral necessity. In fact, it’s a moral urgency that we get out the vote. People’s lives are at stake.”
ABOUT PROPOSITION 10
Proposition 10 is a key step towards solving California’s housing-affordability crisis because it will protect California’s renters and guarantee landlords a fair rate of return, all while laying the foundation for stronger communities. By empowering local communities to limit rent increases and curtail predatory housing practices, cities and counties will be able to create thoughtful laws to address their local housing situations.