Another Santa Cruz Homeowner for Rent Control

I’m a homeowner who has lived in Santa Cruz for 28 years and I support the rent control initiative. Housing in Santa Cruz, as everywhere, reflects local values, and we as a community should periodically ask ourselves what those values are. Our successful movements to keep our mountains and beaches open and accessible to all have also limited our available housing stock, thus constituting one form of interference with the…

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Santa Cruz Mayor Terrazas Intervenes on Behalf of Rent Control Opponents

Special Council Meeting called for Anti-Rent Control Lobby: Santa Cruz Mayor David Terrazas has convened a special session of the City Council this Tuesday, August 7, at 6:00pm, to make a final decision on whether to grant special favors to the anti-rent control lobby, which the Mayor has publicly endorsed.  After the lobby failed to submit their main argument to voters on time, they now want the city to extend…

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Rent control provides tenants with the stability our communities need right now

Rent Control: Safe Homes for All

Rent control is the only way to provide tenants with the stability our communities need right now — not thirty years from now, after construction of massive amounts of new housing that may or may not ever be built.

In the past five years,according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bay Area cost of living for everything except rent went up only 6 percent, but rents increased by 32 percent. These rising rents have displaced tens of thousands of Bay Area residents from their homes.

We know that stable communities are safer and healthier communities. Rent control is the only way to provide tenants with the stability our communities need right now — not thirty years from now, after construction of massive amounts of new housing that may or may not ever be built.

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Rent control will keep our community together

I became involved in the movement for housing justice because my rent has been going up 9% for each of the past four years. I have lived on the same property for 26 years and virtually no improvements have been made beyond the most basic safety repairs. The property is owned by an out of town landlord who inherited it from her mother; I am sure that the mortgage was paid off decades ago. However the local property managers continue to raise the rent annually because they can, because the “market value” of real estate and rentals in our town has skyrocketed. 

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Barbara’s Story

It’s more than just making it possible for people to afford these houses, but it’s also about stabilizing the larger community and also stabilizing individual families that depend on what they have been able to develop in their neighborhood over time. I really hope that we can pass rent control in the City of Santa Cruz. I’m 80 years old now and I’ve been out collecting signatures because I just feel so passionately about this.”

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