RELEASE: Two More Major California Newspapers Editorialize: No on Prop 10, October 22

Desert Sun, Santa Cruz Sentinel Latest to Say Measure Will Worse State’s Housing Crisis

SACRAMENTO – The Palm Springs Desert Sun and the Santa Cruz Sentinel today editorialized against Proposition 10, the measure on the November ballot that repeals the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, including protections for tenants and single-family homeowners. Both newspapers said the measure would worsen California’s housing crisis.

In its editorial, the Sun notes “this measure will potentially affect every homeowner who would put their property on the rental market or even rent a room or converted garage apartment in their home…California already has a systemic housing shortage that is fueling its staggering poverty rate as more and more family income is dedicated to rising rents. The chilling possibility of rent control, even in areas that don’t rush to impose it, won’t be an incentive to increase such properties.”

In Santa Cruz, where voters also are facing a vote on a local rent control measure, the Sentinel editorial, headlined “No on Prop 10, which will make housing, rent problems worse,” noted “government or quasi-government price controls don’t work and will make a bad situation worse. Vote No on Proposition 10.”

The newspapers join more than two dozen other California newspapers urging a No on Prop vote, including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union Tribune, La Opinion and the Modesto Bee and Fresno Bee. According to a survey by the research firm Forward Observer, more newspapers have lined up against Proposition 10 than any other measure on California’s November ballot.