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Nancy’s Story: Retired local teacher forced out of home

August 30, 2018

The house where I have rented for almost 10 years was not on the market, but, last fall [before Measure M was in the works], a realtor representing a family looking to invest in income property offered my landlord enough money that he decided to sell. The new owners let me know they planned to cut t...

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Paul Krugman, You’re Wrong About Rent Control

August 27, 2018

Myths abound on rent control policy and prevent cities from pursuing what is really a moderate and reasonable regulation of the largely unregulated private rental market. Unless you think landlords should be able to raise rents however much they want, whenever they want, it's time to take rent contr...

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Rent Control: The Key to Neighborhood Stabilization

August 26, 2018

Our work on residential displacement in the Bay Area as part of the Urban Displacement Project found that many of the neighborhoods that experienced less displacement than we would have expected had rent control policies in place. Furthermore, a number of academic studies1 have shown that rent contr...

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Time for Revisionism on Rent Control?

August 24, 2018

Economists' traditional hostility to rent contols is based on models that treat the housing market as perfectly competitive and on the experience with 'hard' controls in New York City and many European countries following World War II. The current 'soft' rent control systems in North America are var...

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PDC forum on rent control measure attracts full house

August 22, 2018

More than 150 people gathered Monday night at the Resource Center Nonviolence for a forum on Measure M. Attorney Craig Castellanet and Stacey Falls, a high school teacher and renter, represented rent control proponents against developer Sibley Simon and political consultant Robert Singleton. As this...

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SC Sentinel debunks disinformation of Measure M critics

August 21, 2018

The California Apartment Association is bankrolling a $400,000 astroturf campaign against Measure M. One piece of disinformation they are spreading is that Measure M is "more extreme, more onerous, more strict " than rent control measures in nearby cities. The Santa Cruz Sentinel debunks these claim...

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Upcoming Forums

August 18, 2018

DWC Local Ballot Measure Endorsement Forum Monday, August 27  | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Forum Starts at 7 p.m. Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, 155 Center Street Hosted by the Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz Democrat Central Committee Endorsement Forum & Vot...

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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 beache...

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Building more market rate housing won’t solve the housing crisis

August 13, 2018

by  Tim Redmond at  It is not a good week for the Yimby argument. In a series of reports, studies, and articles, the claim that building more housing for rich people will bring down prices as been challenged, if not debunked. The new evidence suggests that the only falling rents...

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Vote Yes on Measure M!

August 11, 2018

The ballot measure for Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act now has its letter for the November 6 ballot: Measure M! Join us Sunday, August 12 at 215 Gharkey St. 4-6 pm for our Campaign Kickoff event!  ...

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