As part of tomorrow night’s package on affordable housing, staff is presenting to the council a chart with these supposed objections to rent control.
They’re all long-verified lies:
Every city in California that has rent control is super affluent. That’s actually why they have it. So, so much for those phony claims of deteriorating properties.
Upper incomes can also be excluded from rent control, as in NYC; and who in Burbank rents here anyway with money? It’s bogus to claim as well that property taxes would go down for the city (why, because property values go down? Balderdash– that not just ideological but long proven false); and because it’s the court system that enforces rental laws in California and not the city the effect on staff of “monitoring” would be negligible.
Why all the lies about the only thing that will help keep down our rents? Let’s put an advisory vote on the ballot someday soon, council. Let’s see what people in Burbank think about rent control.
Who is staff working for?
The council also needs to encourage more SDUs in town, like we used to have in Burbank during the Lockheed days, instead of harassing their existence.
Let the landlords freak about it, and the competition these will give them. To hell with what they want. Who cares? They’ve been running this place long enough.