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Landlord-backed rent control measure finally heads to voters this November

Original post made on Jun 29, 2020

A voter-initiated ballot measure that would curtail Mountain View's rent control program is headed to voters this fall. Tenant advocacy groups say it amounts to a "sneaky repeal" that will outright kill rent control protections.

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Posted by In November
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 29, 2020 at 3:05 pm

Don't worry, we won't forget the candidates who were for Measure D: Margaret Abe-Koga, Jose Gutierrez, and Lisa Matichak. I appreciate how easy they have made candidate selection this year. Will any other Measure D supporters, like Cleave Frink, throw their hats in the ring?


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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 29, 2020 at 3:08 pm

Interfering with the market for housing only results in broken promises, greater bureaucracy, and fewer available housing units. Seattle helped resolve their high rent problems by increasing the supply of housing units. That's also know as allowing developers to build housing. The city and city council do not build housing -- they only restrict its creation.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 29, 2020 at 3:59 pm

There is statewide rent control covering more rental units than the local law. It is a backstop. Both local and state law provide for VACANCY DECONTROL. That allows landlords to raise the rent on any unit that (lawfully) becomes vacant (turns over). The additional rent is on top of all the increases otherwise allowed under rent control. By the way, there is an initiative on the statewide ballot in November that would only allow landlords to increase the rent 15% (tops) on turnover.


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 29, 2020 at 4:11 pm

First, we should reject the local initiative like we did Measure D.

Second lets do everything we can to get the Statewide initiatives and legislation passed.

We got to follow through with Measure V (CSFRA)


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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 29, 2020 at 7:38 pm

They lied their way onto the first ballot, and lost. And lied and manipulated their way onto this ballot. And they will lose.

What's stupid is that with COVID, the pressure to live in Silicon Valley may very well decrease. My building, which houses many Google employees, has been half empty since SIP. Many tenants are living elsewhere, sometimes coming back to their apt to pick up stuff. Others are simply gone, but not moved out. If SIP continues, and if these same employees can live anywhere and still work for Google, they're out of here, and there's no reason to expect other tech workers, who can also live anywhere would want to live in these older apartments with super high rents.

I know my landlord was one of the backers of this bill. I wish him luck in finding new tenants as many of us who live here leave for better housing, better quality of life.


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Posted by Cause and effect
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 30, 2020 at 11:06 am

Just keep layering the controls on landlords charging them ridiculous fees and voting yourselves rent decreases and you will see most affordable housing going away.
At what point do you want to legislate the price of milk and clothing and automobiles? Aren’t those basic human rights?
When you mess with the economy of supply and demand it has a domino effect that has serious consequences. When you can no longer make a living or receive a decent return on investment you sell your property and leave the area. Believe me the new properties that go in where old ones existed will be much more expensive. Thank you rent control.


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 30, 2020 at 12:18 pm

In response to Cause and effect you said:

“Just keep layering the controls on landlords charging them ridiculous fees and voting yourselves rent decreases and you will see most affordable housing going away.”

THAT is false logic, it always was because you assume that only the CURRENT owners will provide affordable housing. THEY DON’T. The current approach to building affordable housing by in effect BUYING off private developers is a proven failure. And who needs PRIVATE housing projects? WE DON’T, we must cut off this insanity and only allow PUBLIC housing projects from now on and then we will have affordable housing. You said:

“At what point do you want to legislate the price of milk and clothing and automobiles? Aren’t those basic human rights?”

That is not an appropriate comparison and you know it. This is just a slogan constantly being replayed to try to make it look like this is not fair. It is totally fair to in effect use PUBLIC housing project and give them PRIRITY over all other projects. The PRIVATE housing system failed and it should not be rewarded for it. You said:

“When you mess with the economy of supply and demand it has a domino effect that has serious consequences. When you can no longer make a living or receive a decent return on investment you sell your property and leave the area. Believe me the new properties that go in where old ones existed will be much more expensive. Thank you rent control.”

If these PRIVATE investors constantly fail in making the available housing resources, SO BE IT. WE don’t need them or if you are one of them, we don’t need you. WE can find other resources or use public funds to make them. Either you put up and finally correct the housing shortages in California or simply get out. That is your freedom to do.

BUT YOU ARE IN NO POSITION TO TAKE THE HOUSING AWAY AND INTERFERE WITH US FIXING THE PROBLEM, WE CAN AND WILL DO WITHOUT YOU.


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Posted by Steven A.
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2020 at 11:25 pm

Rent control saves me thousands of dollars a year, and I don't have to worry about being forced from my home. The landlord will be fine. He makes over $100K a month.


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