West Hollywood Endorses Rental Affordability Act

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On March 2, the West Hollywood City Council unanimously endorsed the Rental Affordability Act, the November 2020 ballot measure that allows communities to expand rent control in California. The City Council’s backing follows a recent major endorsement by UNITE HERE Local 11.

“The West Hollywood City Council made it clear once again that we strongly support housing affordability and we stand up for renters’ rights,” says West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore Lindsey P. Horvath. “Two of the City’s core values — respect and support for people and responsiveness to the public — informed our unanimous decision to endorse the Rental Affordability Act, which aims to keep rental housing affordable and to protect tenants from skyrocketing rents.”

Horvath adds, “One of the most effective ways the City of West Hollywood has addressed the issue of housing affordability, and preventing our residents from falling into homelessness, is by maintaining the housing that people are already in and keeping it affordable. The Rental Affordability Act will move the state of California in that same direction. As a renter myself, I have proudly endorsed this measure and am glad to see our City make our support official.”

Rental Affordability Act Campaign Director René Christian Moya says, “We’re grateful for the West Hollywood City Council’s support. It’s another important endorsement that shows the Rental Affordability Act continues to gather momentum as we take on corporate landlords such as Essex Property Trust, Equity Residential, and AvalonBay Communities, who are funding our opposition. Our grassroots movement will prevail.”

In addition to the West Hollywood City Council and UNITE HERE Local 11, the Rental Affordability Act has been endorsed by U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, labor and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, ACCE Action, Brown Beret National Organization, California Democratic Party’s Renters Caucus, San Diego Tenants United, and many others.