I will be a strong advocate for renters’ rights and affordable housing in the legislature – one key way we need to fight economic inequality and imbalance. Too many of our neighbors in this district are being priced out of the neighborhoods they grew up in and love.
I will fight to repeal the Costa Hawkins Act, which prevents local governments from imposing rent control and stabilization ordinances on apartments built after 1995. I will reform the Ellis Act, which is subject to frequent abuses and allows owners to evict renters under false pretenses.
We cannot however ignore the need to expand our housing supply in smart and sustainable ways (with urban density, walkability, and public transportation) as a path to better housing affordability. I am a fan of the growing YIMBY movement: Yes in my backyard!
All stakeholders need to be at the table in the effort to expand our housing supply sustainably. Neighborhood groups, environmentalists, unions, and builders need to be involved in how we meet these goals. All voices need to be heard. It cannot just be those who pay to play.