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The CAA plans to run attack ads against renter protection ballot measures
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Sunday Sep 18th, 2016 1:21 AM
The political ads highlight the problems of big money trying to hijack renter protections, and influencing the outcome of ballot measures offering the public an opportunity to vote against a corrupt system that allows greedy landlords and slumlords to engage in price gouging, and the eviction-for-profit system!
The CAA plans to run attack ads against renter protection ballot measures

By Lynda Carson — September 18, 2016

Oakland — The California Apartment Association (CAA) plans to run attack ads against the renter protection ballot measures in Richmond, Alameda, Mountain View, San Mateo and Burlingame.

Campaign contributions have been pouring in to help the CAA finance it’s campaign of lies and deceit against the renters’ movement in California. The big money has a corrupting influence in financing political campaigns.

The political ads highlight the problems of big money trying to hijack renter protections, and influencing the outcome of ballot measures offering the public an opportunity to vote against a corrupt system that allows greedy landlords and slumlords to engage in price gouging, and the eviction-for-profit system.

In one Orwellian ad against renter protection ballot measures in San Mateo and Burlingame, the CAA claims that rent control is a subsidy to the renters. Everyone knows that this is patently false. It is the renters who subsidize the landlords every time the landlords steal the interest rates from the renters’ security deposits, or every time the landlords jack up the rents to unreasonable levels (price gouging), because most tenants are not allowed to legally fight back against price gouging.

The CAA attack ad against Measure L in Richmond, also uses lies and deceit by claiming that Measure L would require landlords to subsidize the renters. Everyone knows that this is patently false. Measure L helps to stop the landlords from engaging in price gouging and blocks the landlords from engaging in the eviction-for-profit system. Measure L makes the landlords accountable for their actions when engaging in price gouging, and the eviction-for-profit system.

The median price for a rental unit in Richmond has skyrocketed to $2,388 per month according to Zillow. Evictions and rent increases have been on the rise in Richmond because landlords have been put into a state of panic by rental housing associations, realtors, and apartment associations opposed to reasonable renter protections including Measure L, that will be voted on in November.

The landlords have been engaged in price gouging. Renter protections will help to stabilize Richmond’s families, communities, schools, and jobs.

In the other attack ads against the renter protection ballot measures in Alameda and Mountain View, the CAA trots out the same old tired lies claiming that the ballot measures would require the landlords to subsidize the renters, and that the ballot measures have not had a lawful review.

Regardless of the lies in the CAA attack ads in Alameda and Mountain View, rent control is legal in California. Just cause eviction protections are also legal in California with around 15 cities having such laws to help stabilize their communities.

Measure M1 in Alameda and Measure MV in Mountain View makes the landlords accountable for their actions when engaging in price gouging, and when they are engaged in the eviction-for-profit system, which is why rent control and just cause eviction protections are needed to stabilize families, communities, schools, and jobs.

Renters need rent control and just cause eviction protections to protect themselves from many landlords including Scott Sternberg, James Kilpatrick, Douglas Robertson, Matt Sridhar, Danny Haber and Alon Gutmon.

National Renters’ Day of Action on September 22

As part of the national renters’ day of action, on September 22, there will be a rally in support of renter’s rights in Oakland and many other cities across the nation. Organizers have planned a day of action for renters in 46 cities on September 22, including some days near September 22 to fight back, and demand a freeze on all unjust evictions and rent increases.

On September 22, according to Causa Justa/Just Cause, in Oakland there will be a rally & banner drop at 14th & Broadway at 12:00 PM to amplify #RenterPower and to lift up our fights against evictions, rising cost of rents and displacement. Members include Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, East Bay Housing Organizations, Committee to Protect Oakland Renters-Measure JJ, East Bay Organizing Committee/Fight for $15, SEIU Local 1021, and Housing Rights Committee San Francisco.

In Alameda renters will have a day of action on September 20 — 10:00AM, at 470 Central Ave, one day before the 60-day deadline of no-cause evictions take effect being conducted by Matt Sridhar and Sridhar Equities.

The renters’ day of action will take place a week after Richmond Mayor Tom Butt, and Councilmembers Nathaniel Bates and Vinay Pimplé blocked a proposed 45-day urgency moratorium on rent increases and no-cause evictions, that was proposed by Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin, and supported by Councilmembers Jovanka Beckles, Eduardo Martinez, and Jael Myrick.

The “September 22 National Renters’ Day of Action” has been organized by Homes For All, and renters across the nation will hit the streets to bring attention to the need for renter protections including rent control, and just cause eviction protections.

List Of Demands

As organizers of the National Renters’ Day of Action, Homes For All is demanding a freeze on all unjust evictions and rent increases. The establishment of a national livable rent standard to restrict rents to 30% of a family income and a livable wage for all workers. The right of all tenants to organize and bargain collectively with landlords without fear of discrimination, retaliation or eviction. The transfer of vacant, foreclosed and underused land to community control through community land trusts and cooperatives to meet the needs of communities of color and working class communities that have historically been targeted ­­from disinvestment to redlining ­­­to the foreclosure crisis and the current eviction epidemic.

“We need bold, transformative and strong solutions to this crisis. Until we get them, we’re going to take to the streets and fight for our homes and our communities,” says Alma Blackwell, an organizer with Causa Justa/Just Cause, in Oakland CA and a renter.

Renter protections will be on the ballot in 6 cities during November in the Bay Area. No matter how hard the landlords and the California Apartment Association are trying to stop the renters movement, tenant advocates across the Bay Area are urging renters to vote on strong renter protections during the upcoming November elections in the cities of Richmond, Oakland, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View. The activists are urging people to vote “no” against any weak proposals placed on the ballot by the City Council in Alameda, and Mountain View.

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

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§California Apartment Association contributions & expenditures
by Lynda Carson Sunday Sep 18th, 2016 2:48 AM
California Apartment Association (CAA)


CAA contributions & expenditures 2015 through 2016

http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Campaign/Committees/Detail.aspx?id=1294628


Campaign contributions to the CAA

http://www.electiontrack.com/lookup.php?committee=1019401


CAA political campaign contributions

http://tinyurl.com/hfh92d2


California Apartment Association 990 tax filing 2014

http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/952/952829075/952829075_201412_990O.pdf?_ga=1.184328549.2142335430.1474191940

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