San Francisco rent control laws under attack
Bay City News
November 14, 2007
City leaders who oppose a June 2008 ballot measure that would
repeal the city's current rent control laws will meet today to
discuss the measure further, according to the San Francisco Tenants
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco,
will appear at a noon press conference in the Civic Center Plaza
at Polk and McAllister streets in San Francisco.
Opponents argue the Government Acquisition, Regulation of Private
Property measure could displace 180,000 residents living in rent-controlled
"If this measure were to pass, thousands of San Franciscans
would be forced out of the city," said Ted Gullicksen of
the San Francisco Tenants Union. "Seniors especially would
be hard hit if they lost their rent control protections."
The union contends that if passed, the measure would make it
illegal for the city to use eminent domain to acquire land for
public water projects. Public Utilities Commission Director Susan
Leal will speak on possible water effects at the press conference.
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