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Ortiz to resign from rent control committee

Measure V advocate plans to leave for Texas

The chair of Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee, Evan Ortiz announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the year. He plans to move to Texas to be with his aging parents, he told the Voice.

"It has been an honor to serve as chair of the Rental Housing Committee," Ortiz said in an email. "Helping families build and continue to foster long-lasting connections to their neighborhoods and their communities was the essence of Measure V, and I’m happy to have helped realize this vision after years of hard work."

Ortiz has been directly involved in the city's rent control program, as well as its immense challenges. In 2016, as hundreds of frustrated tenants were demanding something be done to stop skyrocketing rents, Ortiz -- then a member of the city's Human Relations Commission -- helped channel that anger toward legislation. He helped organize the campaign for the rent control initiative known as Measure V, which passed in November 2016.

Ortiz later put himself forward for a seat on the inaugural Rental Housing Committee, and he became one of the most contentious picks among about two dozen candidates. Some City Council members questioned his impartiality, pointing to his advocacy for rent control as a sign he would be biased toward tenants.

Ortiz was initially assigned to be the committee's alternate member, essentially a bench-warmer. Councilman Chris Clark changed his mind at the last minute, swing the vote, and Ortiz was appointed to a regular seat on the committee.

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The last 18 months of Rental Housing Committee meetings have been grueling for committee members, with many meetings stretching late into the night. As the five-person committee made a string of policy decisions on rent control, Ortiz and committee member Emily Ramos were often on the minority side in 3-2 split votes.

Ortiz is now the second rental committee member to resign. In August, Tom Means announced he was leaving to move to El Dorado Hills. Following that departure, the City Council appointed the committee's alternate, Julian Pardo de Zela as a replacement. The Rental Housing Committee currently lacks another alternate to replace Ortiz.

Ortiz said he had been told that the City Council would begin the process next month to appoint a replacement. He will still participate in all the remaining meetings for 2018, he said.

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Ortiz to resign from rent control committee

Measure V advocate plans to leave for Texas

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Tue, Nov 6, 2018, 1:42 pm

The chair of Mountain View's Rental Housing Committee, Evan Ortiz announced he will be stepping down from his position at the end of the year. He plans to move to Texas to be with his aging parents, he told the Voice.

"It has been an honor to serve as chair of the Rental Housing Committee," Ortiz said in an email. "Helping families build and continue to foster long-lasting connections to their neighborhoods and their communities was the essence of Measure V, and I’m happy to have helped realize this vision after years of hard work."

Ortiz has been directly involved in the city's rent control program, as well as its immense challenges. In 2016, as hundreds of frustrated tenants were demanding something be done to stop skyrocketing rents, Ortiz -- then a member of the city's Human Relations Commission -- helped channel that anger toward legislation. He helped organize the campaign for the rent control initiative known as Measure V, which passed in November 2016.

Ortiz later put himself forward for a seat on the inaugural Rental Housing Committee, and he became one of the most contentious picks among about two dozen candidates. Some City Council members questioned his impartiality, pointing to his advocacy for rent control as a sign he would be biased toward tenants.

Ortiz was initially assigned to be the committee's alternate member, essentially a bench-warmer. Councilman Chris Clark changed his mind at the last minute, swing the vote, and Ortiz was appointed to a regular seat on the committee.

The last 18 months of Rental Housing Committee meetings have been grueling for committee members, with many meetings stretching late into the night. As the five-person committee made a string of policy decisions on rent control, Ortiz and committee member Emily Ramos were often on the minority side in 3-2 split votes.

Ortiz is now the second rental committee member to resign. In August, Tom Means announced he was leaving to move to El Dorado Hills. Following that departure, the City Council appointed the committee's alternate, Julian Pardo de Zela as a replacement. The Rental Housing Committee currently lacks another alternate to replace Ortiz.

Ortiz said he had been told that the City Council would begin the process next month to appoint a replacement. He will still participate in all the remaining meetings for 2018, he said.

Comments

Voter
Shoreline West
on Nov 6, 2018 at 2:57 pm
Voter , Shoreline West
on Nov 6, 2018 at 2:57 pm
35 people like this

Thank you for your service, Evan. You were a level-headed and reasonable voice on a dysfunctional body. Very sorry to see you depart. I hope the council finds a replacement in your mold.


William Hitchens
Registered user
Waverly Park
on Nov 6, 2018 at 4:47 pm
William Hitchens, Waverly Park
Registered user
on Nov 6, 2018 at 4:47 pm
8 people like this

Being Chair of the Rent Control Committee must be one of the worst jobs in MV politics. This issue is so incredibly politically divisive that no one is ever fully satisfied --- rent control activists, landlords, tenants, or the community at large. No matter what you do, some significant special interest group gives you heat. It's a wonder that they can get anyone competent to sit on these "lightning rod" committees.


No big surprise
Castro City
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:00 am
No big surprise, Castro City
on Nov 7, 2018 at 6:00 am
9 people like this

No big suprise here. Both Ramirez and Ortiz should have never been appointed. They lacked the experience and maturity to deal with the more experinced members of the RHC. Oftentimes they would merely echo Juliet Brode 's talking points and were unable to politic w the other members. Unable to offer creative solutions. They oftentimes would vote against policies that were proposed to help tenants because they weren't exactly what the tenants wanted.


LOL
Old Mountain View
on Nov 7, 2018 at 12:23 pm
LOL, Old Mountain View
on Nov 7, 2018 at 12:23 pm
19 people like this

Um...previous poster, there's no one on RHC named Ramirez. I wonder what they have in common that you would confuse them. Hm, it is a mystery.


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