Proponents of the measure, which include Gray Harris, a local school board member and Jeff DelBono, president of the local firefighters union, argue that tying rent rent increases to the rate of inflation will allow “families to plan for the future,” keep residents in their home, and not unfairly burden landlords.
The argument against the measure that will appear in the voter guide was signed by Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer, Councilmember Tony Daysog, who earlier this year was circulating his own petition to moderate for small landlords a city-enacted rent control ordinance, and Kathleen Schumacher, president of the Alameda Citizens Task Force, and two additional residents.
They argue that the measure is inflexible, and that the cost to administer the independent rent control board proposed by the measure would cost between $3 million and $3.7 million per year.
Marilyn Schumacher, who sponsored a “no rent control” ballot petition that failed to qualify, Jose Cerda-Zein, and Steve Sorensen, president of the Alameda Association of Realtors, submitted a second argument against the measure, which will not appear in the voter guide. (Only one argument for, and one argument against, a measure can be included.)
They argue that, while the measure is well-intentioned, it “mistakenly omitted critical language that would limit those rental subsidies to only those families who actually need housing subsidies,” and will “force rental owners to subsidize the rents of even those tenants with high‐paying jobs who could afford normal rents, while making it even more difficult for struggling families in need of housing.”
All three submissions are reproduced below.