As we all know the cost of living in America, better yet this great golden State of California is facing the hugest housing crisis in decades, California renters pay 40 percent more than the national mean, yet the state’s median household is only 18% according to ppic.

The 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act places limits on rent control ordinances. Without rent control, landlords can continuously hike up rents causing rapid displacement and homelessness. Luckily, with great advocacy from tenants rights groups, local organizations, public figures and Communities across California a possible positive change may be on the rise.

Proposition 10, which will be on the election ballot this year would repeal the dubious 1995 law removing the current restrictions, and give cities and counties the power and ability to implement rent control as they choose. Although voting yes on prop 10 would not enact rent control for everyone, it would return the matter for localities to decide.

Voting No on 10 would keep Costa Hawkins in place and California would continue to struggle with its housing crisis, despite efforts from tenants rights groups and local residents/renters.

Too many Californians are struggling to make ends meet and you would think,  if one truly cares about their constituents, they would want rent control sadly, there is a big issue and like many big issues.. money plays a key factor -that could hurt this great proposition immensely

The amount of money spent for advertising this campaign is at a disadvantage. While $64,316,181.77 endorsed by corporate developers, real estate agencies and tax collectors fuel the no on 10 campaign, pollute the airwaves and tv channels claiming 10 will ” Make the housing crisis worst” when in fact Rent control is a proven way to stop rent gouging and displacement.  Only $25,079,368.57 (mainly endorsed by the AIDS Foundation) has been spent on the yes on 10 campaign. This goes to show that even though the power of the people is whats making yes on 10 known, we still must keep spreading the word to residents and renters on the importance of voting YES. 

How can I help spread the word and get involved? Good Question! Personally, I have been making my own yes on 10 signs to post up around the city,  other concerned Angelenos have too! Yet that does require more time, than a quick post about why its important to vote Yes on 10 on your Instagram or snapchat story and we all have the time to send a morning tweet on the train to school don’t we! Spread the word! Attend a LA Tenants Union Meeting! Mobilize and Organize
to canvass yes on 10 in your neighborhood! You never know the impact you may have on someone life, voting yes on proposition 10 could the reason why an Angeleno is sleeping in a bed instead of a tent. To find out more check out these websites.





Posted by Lily Larsen

I am a 17-year-old​ activist/arts advocate and have been participating in marches, protests and petitions since I was 5 years old. I serve on Mayor Garcetti's Youth Council for South LA. And have generated a petition to ban factory farming in California with over 55,000 signatures. I organize community events and get teens like me connected with social justice issues and activism all over LA.

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