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July 12, 2016

Thank you for considering what’s right

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

A few pieces of emotional renter testimony very late at night.  Unfortunately despite the overly generous closing from one of the speakers thanking the City Council for considering what was right, some on the City Council want to overly complicate an already complicated ballot by throwing the City’s rent stabilization ordinance on the ballot as well.

The City Council was (rightly) called out on this and while two members of the City Council: Frank Matarrese and Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft definitely said they did not support placing the Council’s ordinance on the ballot, two others: Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog did.  Jim Oddie played it safe by just abstaining.

Anyway, below is a sampling of three public comments from last Tuesday night:



  1. Catherine Pauling says the Council needs to step up and start protecting more than half of its constituents. This is something she has said many times before. But the fact is that if the Council is not doing that, neither would the ARC initiative. A full quarter – a percentage that is probably increasing – of rental housing in the City (condos, single family houses, newer apartments) would not be covered by the rent control provisions of the ARC initiative. If the percentage of who benefits versus who doesn’t under the ARC initiative is so important – morally, economically, politically, strategically, etc. – and bears constant repetition, maybe we should be more precise about those percentages and the effects – good, bad or indifferent – of the ARC initiative on renters of single family houses, condos and newer apartments.

    Comment by MP — July 12, 2016 @ 8:29 am

    • MP!

      How dare you bring facts into this forum!!!!

      Comment by Master Blaster — July 12, 2016 @ 9:31 am

    • Catherine Pauling is trying to use her moral compass to lower rents. Everything out of her mouth is anecdotal . We should do what she feels is right and wrong . Catherine you may have to move a couple of times in this lifetime. Am I the first to tell you that ?

      Comment by Master B — July 12, 2016 @ 12:08 pm

  2. I think the concern is that the renter backed proposal goes too far and the landlord backed proposal doesn’t change anything. The rent stabilization ordinance is a middle of the road choice. In lieu of writing a middle of the road proposal, it’s been suggested that the ordinance go on the ballot because many voters are not aware of what it contains. I’m not sure if this is the solution, but I do think the two other options represent the two extremes and most people, I expect, want change but would prefer a more moderate approach to the problem. Once the voters choose, it will be difficult to change anything that turns out to have been misguided.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — July 12, 2016 @ 9:31 am

  3. Let’s just take one part …who in their right mind is renting to a senior or household with children with an $18,000 payout hanging over your head. Landlords will want more then 3 times rent and stellar credit only. Who want to take a chance when it’s so punitive?

    Comment by Master Blaster — July 12, 2016 @ 9:34 am

  4. Great testimonials! Soon as rent control passes let’s grab hold of these insane property prices. I know several people who cry their testimonial eyes out because it’s not fair that they can’t afford to buy in Alameda. Let’s not have all those tear streaked Bernie Posters go to waste.

    Comment by jack — July 12, 2016 @ 10:28 am

  5. Video number one.

    ” if I were married I could afford to live here ”

    WTF am I suppose to do with that statement?
    Your mad at life. Your mad at your husband . Your mad at everyone , but somehow ” greedy landlords ” are to blame. This is now getting beyond stupid

    Comment by Ted aka Master Blaster — July 12, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

    • Seriously Ted aka Master Blaster aka Sally, pick a handle and stick with it.

      Comment by Lauren Do — July 12, 2016 @ 12:23 pm

  6. All three of those testimonials are signs of serious self-righteous narcissistic entitlement. I pity the council having to sit through this millennial U OWE ME claptrap.

    Comment by jack — July 12, 2016 @ 2:18 pm

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