I am a landlord who supports the Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act, Measure M. It can help with our housing crisis by stabilizing rents immediately and providing protections from arbitrary evictions, with the goal of helping to keep our diverse community intact. Voting yes on Measure is the right thing to do. […]
Simply put, cost of living is making it nearly impossible for non-wealthy people to continue living in Santa Cruz, be they students, workers or the elderly. This struggle is not polarized between students and locals, as Primack characterized it, but between rich residents and poor residents. It just so happens that there are many poor […]
I became involved in the movement for housing justice because my rent has been going up 9% for each of the past four years. I have lived on the same property for 26 years and virtually no improvements have been made beyond the most basic safety repairs. The property is owned by an out of town landlord who inherited it from her mother; I am sure that the mortgage was paid off decades ago. However the local property managers continue to raise the rent annually because they can, because the “market value” of real estate and rentals in our town has skyrocketed.
It’s more than just making it possible for people to afford these houses, but it’s also about stabilizing the larger community and also stabilizing individual families that depend on what they have been able to develop in their neighborhood over time. I really hope that we can pass rent control in the City of Santa Cruz. I’m 80 years old now and I’ve been out collecting signatures because I just feel so passionately about this.”
In our school district our enrollment is declining every year. There are fewer and fewer students which clearly means fewer resources. It means lost finances from the state and federal government. Declining enrollment is not good for a school, but families can’t afford to live in Santa Cruz anymore.