RENT CONTROL NEEDS YOUR HELP SOONEST POSSIBLE
RENT CONTROL NEEDS YOUR
HELP SOONEST POSSIBLE!
PLEASE DO A QUICK PETITION SIGN - TO PREVENT SNEAKING IN A NO-FIX LAW
TO AVOID NEEDED DEBATE AND REFORM!
Rent Control Reform needs your help! Currently, Councilmember Nadeau is trying to introduce a real bill to do a real fix for rent control. At the same time, Chairman Mendelson is trying to slip it past public comment and democratic participation by sneaking it into the budget act. No debate, just push through reauthorizing it. This cuts off any attempt to fix what so desperately needs fixing and the needed public debate all measures should have, let alone rent control! Please take action - a quick petition sign, (see email & link below), it will only take a minute. ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Carren Kaston <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Monday, July 27, 2020, 10:39:26 AM EDT Subject: RENT CONTROL REFORM PETITION -- NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION SOONEST POSSIBLE Dear Neighbors, There's a major action connected with rent control reform for us to support in the next couple of days. Rent control affects all of us, though we may not think much about it. Every 10 years, our City Council votes on renewing the rent control bill. Unfortunately, so much rent-controlled housing has been lost since rent control was originally passed, and so much of what remains in the old rent control bill is full of loopholes, that to help protect our own rent-controlled status and to protect rent control in our ward and across the city, it's urgent to take action now. There's been a lot of internal wrangling on the City Council that I don't want to bore you with the details about. Suffice it to say that we can make our voices heard by adding our names to the online petition that would remove the old, defective rent control bill from the FY21 budget, where it was surreptitiously placed by the chairman of the City Council in an attempt to derail the normal, transparent reauthorization deliberations (including deliberations about reforms and improvements) that were already scheduled to take place between now and November. Please sign this petition as soon as you can -- but by July 28 (tomorrow), if possible, when there will be another budget hearing -- to send a signal to the Council that many people support major reforms and to strengthen the hand of Council member Brianne Nadeau, the only council member currently speaking up for these reforms. Let's change that. Go to http://reclaimrentcontrol.org/ and click on Petition. CM Nadeau will again submit an omnibus rent control reform bill for reauthorization in the next few days, to try and get full and open deliberation of urgently needed reforms back on the Council's schedule. Let's send a message that we support what she's doing. I think the petition process has been made easier now, so it should all be straightforward. But if you're taken to a screen listing all the names of the council members on the right, scroll down to the last name and you'll see the language of the petition that you can either click on or edit to include your own thoughts and language. Please note, especially in this George Floyd moment that we're all in and say we care about, that stronger rent control promotes more stable and racially equitable communities. According to a DC Policy Center April 2020 report, the presence of rent-controlled units in a neighborhood "mitigates displacement. A larger share of residents stays in place in census tracts where rent-controlled-units are a larger share of the housing stock. Similarly, a strong presence of rent-controlled stock is correlated with a smaller loss in minority populations." See https://www.dcpolicycenter.org/publications/appraising-districts-rentals/ When rent control passed the Council in 2010, it contained the same broken elements that it does now, defects that allowed for the continued catastrophic decline of rent-controlled housing in our city. The council members at that time committed to considering reforms in short order after 2010, but only a few very low-impact reforms were passed between 2010 and 2020. Now some council members are saying the same thing as council members said in 2010 -- No worry, let the old rent control bill go through and we'll deliberate on the reforms shortly. There is no reason to believe that will happen. Rent control reform always has the greatest traction in the renewal years (2010, 2020, 2030), not in the off years. Please sign the petition now, while you're thinking about it: http://reclaimrentcontrol.org/ Carren Kaston, Sedgwick Gardens Tenants Association