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4 SF Supes, All Democrats, Oppose Prop 10 As Does Republican Party
by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
Tuesday Sep 4th, 2018 9:40 PM
At the September 4, 2018 San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting, on the agenda at https://sfbos.org/sites/default/files/bag090418_agenda.pdf was an item, No. 30 or 180785, to support Proposition 10, the repeal of the disastrous Costa-Hawkins state law that forbids vacancy control, allowing landlords to raise rents sky high after a tenant in a rent-controlled unit moves out, causing a major housing crisis in San Francisco as there is now NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING for the workingclass. This state law has encouraged phony evictions to terrorize people into moving so that the rents can be raised to unaffordable amounts. Costa-Hawkins also forbids any rent control after a certain year, depending on certain conditions. In San Francisco, the cutoff year is 1979, that is housing built after 1979 cannot be subject to rent control. See https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_10,_Local_Rent_Control_Initiative_(2018)
The entire Board consists of registered Democrats. The Democratic Party has endorsed Proposition 10. Only the Republican Party officially opposes Proposition 10. Yet Supervisors Malia Cohen, Ahsha Safai, Catherine Stefani and Katy Tang voted to oppose this resolution to support Proposition 10, thereby proclaiming their support of the Republican Party’s viciously reactionary position. Supervisor Peskin then tried to save their political careers by moving to rescind the vote, and the Board agreed unanimously to rescind the vote. However, the vote against support of Proposition 10 is on record and on video as all Board meetings are on sfgovtv.org available to all San Franciscans via cable TV and online to the whole world at http://sfgovtv.org/program-schedule

Supervisor Malia Cohen actually had the nerve to sit there and tell the world that she has not been sufficiently informed on the anti-Costa-Hawkins Proposition 10 when (1) her entire time on the Board of Supervisors has been dealing with the lack of affordable housing in San Francisco due to lack of vacancy control caused by Costa-Hawkins, (2) the agenda item states that this issue was on the agenda for July 24, 2018 and July 31, 2018 and (3) the Costa-Hawkins bill was enacted in 1995, when native San Franciscan Supervisor Cohen was a child. As a native San Franciscan, and certainly as a Supervisor, she knows that the housing issue, in particular support of rent control and all other tenant issues, is a litmus test issue. The Democratic Party always supports tenant positions because it needs the tenant vote to stay in power in San Francisco and to stay in power in the State of California.

The Republican Party is now down to 9% of the voters in San Francisco and 34% of the California voters as of the 2016 presidential election.

Since we have supervisorial elections on the November 2018 ballot in San Francisco, every candidate for office should be asked if they support Proposition 10, and if they do not, they should not receive your vote.

This vicious slap in the face to the workingclass follows that of the California Legislature, which could not muster enough votes to repeal Costa-Hawkins even though it is a super majority Democrat for many decades, so tenants worked very hard to get the more than 500,000 signatures to place Proposition 10 on the ballot. See https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_10,_Local_Rent_Control_Initiative_(2018)

As President Lincoln proclaimed, a house divided against itself cannot stand. The Democratic Party is just as much a capitalist party as the Republican Party, and when the needs of the workingclass scream out for change, they refuse to deliver. That is why both Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party came into existence. Both parties support Proposition 10 and there is no division among their candidates. You can register for either of these two parties on line at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/
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VACANCY TAX: BETTER THAN RENT CONTROLGavin R. PutlandWednesday Sep 5th, 2018 3:57 PM