Renting a Vote?

Assembly Bill 1482 limits rent-gouging in California by placing an upper limit on annual rent increases.

The bill was strongly opposed by the California Association of Realtors, which gave my opponent for the 68th Assembly District $17,000 in 2016. Not coincidentally, my opponent voted “NO” on this piece of legislation aimed at protecting renters from price-gouging landlords in a seller’s market.

It was because of rent control that my mother was able to afford to keep a roof over our heads, without compromising her morals or her dignity.

I was primarily raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to support us. Growing up, we often stayed with family or friends to afford rent. I was in junior high school before my mom was finally able to afford an apartment for just the two of us.

The landlord was a shady character who hit on my mother, as well as the two other single-mothers who rented one-bedroom apartments in his four-plex in South Central Los Angeles. My mom was firm in her rejection and the landlord’s interest focused on the rent.

A generation later, some landlords are still attempting to take advantage of female tenants. This recent case in San Diego highlights landlords preying on their tenants who had to endure unwanted touching, crude comments or persistent requests for sex.

READ: Landlord Offers Sex-For-Rent to Poor, Sometimes Homeless Women, Lawsuit Alleges

Members of the state legislature are elected to represent the people, not special interests making large donations. The residents of California’s 68th Assembly District deserve an Assembly member who is unbought, unbossed and unafraid to stand up for the people.

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