We have the power to make California a place we’re proud to call home, but we’re up against corporate developers who rig the rules to jack up our rents and build only for the wealthy. Corporate landlord lobbyists are making it impossible for us to afford a place to live, leading to massive increases in homelessness all across the state. Orange, Alameda, Sacramento, Los Angeles — these are only some of the counties that have seen an uptick in people living on the streets this year. Yet our legislators have been slow to act. Why?
The California Apartment Association (CAA) and the real estate lobby, working to kill strong tenant protections, spent millions in the 2017-2018 election cycle. Combined in 2018, they contributed a whopping $2,875,500 directly to the California Republican and Democratic Parties. They also contributed hundreds of thousands to Political Action Committees that then spent money in support of some of our legislators.
This influence continues, but a shift has begun. AB 1482 can help stop outrageous rent increases and unlawful evictions. It passed through the Assembly and has newfound support from the California Democratic Party and Governor Newsom. Now that it’s moving through the Senate, educate yourself on where senators stand on the bill and how much influence the landlord lobby has over them!