Cartoon by Jose Luis Pavon
By Luke Thomas
March 2, 2010
In a letter addressed to Board President David Chiu, Supervisors David Campos, Ross Mirkarimi and John Avalos, District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly today urged continued support of a June ballot measure proposal that aims to provide tenants most impacted by the recession temporary relief from rent increases.
According to Daly, the measure would “apply only to tenants in rent-controlled units who: 1) are paying more than 33% of their income for rent; 2) have little or no assets; and 3) are unemployed, had at least a 20% decrease in wages in the past year, or receive only government benefits with no cost of living increase.”
Daly’s letter is in response to a March 1 letter by Mayor Gavin Newsom urging the measure’s backers to withdraw their support for the initiative. In his letter, Newsom cites “operational and legal” problems with the measure.
With a current unemployment rate of over 9 percent in San Francisco and as many as 560,000 renters, the measure is likely to garner sweeping support at the ballot box.
The ballot initiative has the backing of a majority of members on the Board of Supervisors as well as tenant and community organizations, including the San Francisco Tenants Union, SOMCAN, St. Peter’s Housing Committee, Community Tenants Association, Housing Rights Committee, and Central City SRO Collaborative. It is opposed by Supervisors Bevan Dufty, Michela Alioto-Pier, Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu; Plan-C, Small Property Owners of San Francisco and the San Francisco Apartment Association.