Even those of you who follow politics and are diligent about exercising your right to vote may not know that the June ballot will include a state measure that, if passed, would eliminate rent control and “inclusionary housing programs.”
The ballot measure, which is deceptively titled the “California Property Owners and Farmland Protection Act,” is being talked about as a way to keep the government from seizing land for private development, and yes, it would protect landowners in this way.
It also, though, as yesterday’s LA Times cautions us, would effectively eliminate rent control and regulation that requires builders to provide a certain number of affordable units in their developments.
It also may make enforcement of various environmental protections difficult if not impossible–the protection of habitat for endangered species, for instance. Screw those spotted owls–we need more lofts!
The measure was just approved for the June ballot last week, and needless to say, there are beaucoup bucks backing it, so help spread the word about its full effects. I for one, plan to call it the Anti Rent Control and Environmental Protection Act. For more information, both the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (CLCV Education Fund) and the Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP) have released (.pdf) analyses of the act. Thanks to the Public Blawg for the links.
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