The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to endorse Proposition 10. The statewide ballot measure will empower local cities and counties to limit skyrocketing rent increases and curtail predatory housing practices.
Prop 10 is a crucial tool for addressing California’s housing-affordability and homelessness crises. It will protect California’s renters and guarantee landlords a fair rate of return, all while laying the foundation for stronger communities.
Supervisor Janice Hahn, a key vote in the Prop 10 endorsement, said, “Skyrocketing rents are a leading cause of the homelessness crisis. Yet, an arbitrary state law means local governments can only stabilize rents for renters in certain types of buildings built in certain years. Proposition 10 would finally untie the hands of local leaders and let them take common sense steps to protect renters and prevent homelessness.”
Abel Molina, a tenant leader with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), added: “We are pleased that the Board of Supervisors has voted to join local elected officials across the state in encouraging voters to return the ability to limit rent increases back into the hands of local communities where it belongs.”
Los Angeles has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless people in the country, with over 58,000 people living on the streets. This number continues to grow as homelessness among LA college students, children, and seniors surges.
What’s more, LA apartments cost 100 percent more than the national average. Proposition 10 will allow local governments, including Los Angeles County, to take immediate action to address this crisis on their terms and foster long-term economic and community stability for their people.
“This endorsement is a significant blow to the out-of-town mega-landlords and Wall Street speculators who have gamed the system in Sacramento and are funding the opposition to Prop 10,” said Damien Goodmon, campaign director for Yes on 10. “Through their action today and earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors of America’s largest county shows that it is demanding that the chains put on their ability to limit rent increases be removed. The rent is too damn high!”