On Tuesday, October 2, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to endorse Proposition 10. The supervisors’ vote followed the “Rent Is Too Damn High” Bus Tour stop outside City Hall where San Francisco tenants, the SF Tenants Union, United Educators of San Francisco, and supervisors Aaron Peskin and Hillary Ronen rallied in support of Prop 10.
“I’m thrilled that my Board colleagues recognize the importance of addressing the housing affordability crisis that is facing San Francisco,” San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin, the sponsor of the resolution, said Tuesday. “Stabilizing rents is the single most effective way to stabilize communities and to build better neighborhoods. It’s long past time to untie the hands of local policymakers to address the crisis we watch unfold every day, and I’m encouraged that the energy and momentum behind this initiative continues to build.”
“We must do everything we can to address the housing affordability and homelessness crises facing our community. As a working mom I know that too many parents struggle to pay for child care and skyrocketing rents and too many families with small children cannot afford to live in the Bay Area,” said San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “Anybody who is displaced from their home not only has to leave the city, but has to leave the region entirely. This is wrong. When we pass Proposition 10, we can then pass laws locally that deal with the sky-high rent, and protect the residents and citizens of San Francisco.”
“It’s great to see the Supervisors agree it’s time to end Sacramento’s needless control on our rights here in SF, stop the rampant evictions, and rein in sky-high rents,” said Deepa Varma of the San Francisco Tenants Union. “The people of San Francisco know firsthand that the status quo isn’t working, and we need real solutions now. We must pass Proposition 10 so we can update our laws and keep our neighbors from getting pushed out.”
“We’ve seen the impact of skyrocketing rents in our schools here in San Francisco. In every classroom, there’s a child who is homeless, as more than 2,500 do not have a place to call home — and these are just the students we know about. Many of our educators — just like our families — are just one paycheck away from being homeless,” said Anabel Ibanez of the United Educators of San Francisco. “Passing Prop 10 means that our cities and counties will have the ability to protect and preserve our affordable housing and community. This also means our educators will be able to live where they teach and continue to provide a quality education for every child. When we pass Prop 10, we’ll untie the hands of our local communities.”
For many Californians, including many in the Bay Area, the rent is too damn high. 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.
A broad coalition of trusted organizations and advocates — from the League of Women Voters and ACLU, to the California Democratic Party to the California Teachers and Nurses Associations, to the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee — are all urging Californians to vote YES on Proposition 10.