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Rebuttal Arguments On Alameda Renters Coalition Rent Control Measure

Rebuttal arguments for and against a strict rent control November ballot measure have been submitted to the city clerk. (File photo)

Rebuttal arguments for and against a strict rent control November ballot measure have been submitted to the city clerk. (File photo)

Last week, representatives from both camps filed with the city clerk rebuttal arguments “for” and “against” the Alameda Renters Coalition November ballot measure calling for rent control in Alameda.

Initial ballot arguments were submitted earlier this month.

Ballot argument filers then get a chance to file rebuttal statements in response to the initial arguments, all of which will be published in the voter guide.

With city council having voted to put its own rent control ordinance* on the ballot, the rebuttal to the statement in favor of the renters coalition measure implores voters to favor the city’s measure, referenced by the placeholder “Measure Y” in the statement, over the renters coalition measure, “Measure X.”

The county registrar of voters has not yet assigned a letter designation to either ballot measure; in the voter guide, “Measure X” and “Measure Y” will be replaced with their formal ballot designations.

In their rebuttal, proponents of the renters coalition measure argue that it’s modeled on “legislation that works.”

Both rebuttal statements are included below.

Alameda Rent Control Rebuttals by Action Alameda News on Scribd

* The city-sponsored measure is called the Rent Stabilization Act. The Alameda Renters Coalition termed their measure The Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment.

Drawing on RENT CONTROL” target=”_blank”>Black’s Law Dictionary definition of rent control, and Oxford’s and Merriam-Webster’s definitions, Action Alameda News refers to both measures as “rent control” measures, as both have just cause eviction elements and government regulation, albeit at different levels, on rent increases.

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