Proponents of the city’s rent control measure, which include city councilmembers Jim Oddie and Marilyn Ashcraft, urge voters to reject the Alameda Renters Coalition more stringent rent control measure, Measure M1, and vote in favor of the city’s measure, Measure L1.
Oddie and Ashcraft had voted against placing the city’s measure on the ballot, but then volunteered to form the two-person committee charged with drafting arguments to support it.
Proponents argue that the renters coalition measure was “pushed on the ballot by out-of-town interests” and will cost Alameda residents $3.7 million per year.
Ironically, Jim Oddie, as chief of staff for state assembly member Rob Bonta, by opposing the renters coalition measure, is at odds with his boss, who has endorsed the coalition’s measure.
Jill Broadhurst, executive director for the East Bay Rental Housing Association, argues that both the city-sponsored measure and the renters coalition measure will drive rents higher because rental unit supply will decrease with rent control.
The Alameda Renters Coalition had submitted an argument against the city-sponsored measure, in favor of it’s own, but in a random drawing was locked out of having its argument appear in the voter guide; Broadhurst’s argument won the draw, so her argument and rebuttal will appear in the guide.
Asked if his renters coalition would challenge the selection of the housing association’s argument, Eric Strimling told Action Alameda News, “I don’t think we will complain and instead will stress that we are running a strong field operation and intend to talk with voters long before they read their voter books.”
The rebuttal arguments and the city’s measure are included below.
Rebuttal Arguments On Measure L1
The City of Alameda Rent Control Measure (Measure L1)