Yes on Santa Rosa Measure C on June 6!
The cost of renting a place to live in Santa Rosa has increased by 50% over the past five years, at a time when the vacancy rate is just 1%.
Students, seniors, the disabled, and the workforce all suffer in the face of this housing crisis that affects the entire city. A whopping 28% of Santa Rosa’s renters pay more than 50% of their income for rent.
But Santa Rosa is poised to make important progress with the June 6th election. Measure C, Rent Stabilization, will cover 12,000 rental units in the city, stabilizing rents for thousands of residents, while guaranteeing landlords a fair return on their investment, allowing increases of up to 3% per year and giving landlords a process for just-cause eviction.
Measure C is endorsed by the Coalition for Grassroots Progress, and supported by private citizens, social justice organizations, labor unions, and local Democratic Party organizations.
But supporters are being outspent nearly seven to one by real estate and apartment owners groups like the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors, the California Apartment Association, and the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors. These PACs have poured close to a million dollars into the campaign to defeat Measure C.
Fortunately, opponents in Los Angeles and Chicago can’t vote in Santa Rosa’s election, so Santa Rosa voters can thwart all that outside money by pouring into the polling place or immediately returning their ballots voting Yes on Measure C.
If you live outside the city and can’t vote, you can still help. Look here for ways to volunteer in the final push before election day. People Power will beat money in politics!
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Thank you for your activism and your support,
Alice Chan and Anna Givens
Coalition for Grassroots Progress