RELEASE: Broad Opposition To Weinstein’s Proposition 10 Announced

Labor, CA NAACP, Housing Leaders Say Prop 10 Will Worsen California’s Housing Crisis

SACRAMENTO – The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California today joined a growing coalition of statewide groups and affordable housing leaders opposing Proposition 10, the ballot measure sponsored by activist Michael Weinstein that would worsen California’s housing crisis.

One of the most powerful labor groups in the state, the Building Trades Council joins several other important statewide organizations that have voiced their opposition to the ballot measure in recent weeks after housing experts noted it would freeze the construction of new housing in the state.

These organizations include the California NAACP, AMVETS Department of California, the American Legion Department of California, the California Council of Local Housing Finance Agencies, the American G.I. Forum of California, the California Chamber of Commerce and more than a dozen other veterans, labor, and housing groups.

“California NAACP opposes this initiative because it will make affordable rental housing even more scarce than it is today, widening the gap between our state’s haves and have nots,” said CA NAACP President Alice Huffman. “We need to increase the availability of affordable housing targeted to those most in need – but this initiative is the wrong approach that will only make the problem worse.”

“Too many of our veterans come home after their service, and struggle to find a place to live and to make ends meet,” L.J. Plass, 3rd Vice Commander of Legislation & State Legislative Chair, AMVETS, Dept of CA. “This measure would make a bad problem even worse, and make it even more difficult for our service men and women to find an affordable place to live in our state.”
“Housing is the single biggest problem facing California,” said Ken Rosen, Chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. “We’ve made it very difficult to build new housing and wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of home prices and rents, which has grown into a crisis. This measure could limit much-needed investment in new housing construction and exacerbate our current crisis.”

More info can be found about Prop 10 at NoProp10.org.