State Commander, American GI Forum of California.
Veterans, like many Californians, need increased access to housing they can afford. But, Proposition 10 is a flawed solution that will do more harm than good. It won’t rollback rents and it won’t provide a dime for new affordable housing. What Prop 10 will do is increase housing costs for everyone – particularly veterans, seniors, and other vulnerable populations – and reduce home values for homeowners. Vote NO on Prop 10.
State Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dept of CA.
Lamont Duncan graduated high school as the U.S. participation in the Vietnam War was accelerating. He enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served for six years before returning home and enrolling in Cal State Los Angeles.
Since then, he’s been active in organizations that serve his fellow veterans, including in his currently role as the State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of California. He’s concerned about how Prop 10 will affect California veterans.
“Prop 10 doesn’t do anything for people that are low-income, including veterans. If they can’t find housing, they’ll be homeless. And that will exacerbate the problem that’s already there,” he says.
Richmond, retired teacher, supplements her pension with rental income.
Linda Newton retired from teaching in 2004 and moved to Richmond with her husband to live in the triplex they had invested in as their retirement nest-egg. The house not only ensures their independence by supplementing their fixed income, it’s also a historic building that Linda loves.
Linda says, “I already keep my properties below market rate because I believe people should not be gouged. If can pay my mortgage and survive I am happy. But Proposition 10 goes too far and would hurt seniors like me who planned to use the modest income from our property in our retirement years.”
Oakland, ICU Nurse, her disabled father depends on the income for his care facility after his stroke.
Ilona Clark, an ICU nurse, took over managing her family’s property in 2012 after her father’s stroke. He once worked for the Sierra Club and spent time volunteering for Friends of the River and leading high school students to various inner-city outings. But now, because of his stroke, her father needs to live in an assisted care facility and relies on rental income from the property to pay for his care.
Ilona is worried about the Housing Freeze and says “if permanent price caps are instituted we would not be able to keep our rental property. The costs associated with actually maintaining the property, our taxes, and utilities costs grow each year. Never being able to raise the rents to cover these costs would cause us to lose our property and make it difficult to pay for the care my aging father needs.”