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Proposition 21 Endorsed by Leaders, Organizations from Central Valley

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Supporters include Civil and Labor Rights Icon Dolores Huerta, Central Valley Empowerment Alliance, Central Valley Elected Officials

Thursday, August 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Housing justice advocates and champions of Proposition 21 are proud to announce that a coalition of key leaders and organizations from California's Central Valley have endorsed Prop 21. The November 2020 state ballot initiative will give local municipalities control to address California's housing affordability crisis. The coalition will host a VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE to call for urgent and bold action to stem California's persistent housing affordability crisis.

The coalition of endorsees includes Civil and Labor Rights icon Dolores Huerta, City of Farmersville Mayor Gregorio Gomez, City of Tulare Mayor Jose Sigala, City of Kingsburg Councilwoman Jewel Hurtado, City of Delano Councilman Bryan Osorio, City of Porterville Councilman Daniel Peñalosa, City of Farmersville Councilman Ruben Macareno, and City of Madera Councilman Santos Garcia, as well as Ruth Martinez director, Ducor Community Service District, Red Cloud Manuel president of Il' lik Cxo'hum and Housing Advocate, Tule River Indian Reservation, Sandra Garcia Garcia, elected-director, Poplar Community Service District, Arturo Rodriguez, Central Valley vice-chairman, California Democratic Renters Council, and Central Valley Empowerment Alliance (CVEA).


VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE: Central Valley leaders will call for bold and urgent action to end ongoing housing affordability crisis; encourage support for November statewide rent control ballot measure.

WHEN: Thursday, August 13, 2020; 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 858 0889 5217

Passcode: 330574

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  • René Christian Moya, campaign director, YesON21 campaign

  • Dolores Huerta, civil and labor rights icon

  • Jewel Hurtado, City of Kingsburg Councilwoman

  • Bryan Osorio, City of Delano Councilman

  • Daniel Peñalosa, City of Porterville Councilman

  • Ruben Macareno, City of Farmersville Councilman

  • Arturo Rodriguez, Central Valley vice-chairman, California Democratic Renters Council

  • Mari Perez, executive director, Central Valley Empowerment Alliance

"I am proud to support Prop 21 and the fight to keep families, veterans, and seniors in their homes," said Dolores Huerta. "Every Californian deserves fair, stable, and affordable housing. Let’s show up this November to Vote Yes on Prop 21."

"While homeownership keeps growing outside the reach of many low-income, California families, we need to protect renters who are always in a precarious position," said City of Farmersville Mayor Gregorio Gomez. "Enacting common-sense reform such as Prop 21 will protect those California families until we can make homeownership in our state more affordable."

"It is my firm belief that housing is a human right. I believe that when a person has stable housing that they can thrive and grow in all aspects of their lives," said City of Kingsburg Councilwoman Jewel Hurtado. "California needs to lead the way in making rent affordable and allowing people to live in stability and with dignity. I strongly support this initiative and urge you to join me."

"I am proud to support the efforts of affordable housing advocates across the state by endorsing Proposition 21," said Delano City Councilman Bryan Osorio. "In light of a statewide housing crisis, this ballot initiative will immensely help our local community residents with the implementation of rent control while granting local governments the flexibility to determine what protections fit best."

"In 2019, more than 1-in-3 people experiencing homelessness in Tulare County reported unemployment or eviction as the cause of homelessness," said Porterville City Councilman Daniel Peñalosa. "It is urgent that we prioritize rent relief and provide a safety net for vulnerable residents in California. Prop 21 provides the opportunity for our state to move into a better future where renters are protected, and provides local governments with greater control to protect residents from evictions."

"Prop 21 gives local communities the tools needed to respond to the state’s ongoing housing affordability and homeless crises," said City of Farmersville Councilman Ruben Macareno. "It is high time that we aggressively pursue proven solutions that will keep families all over California in their homes and off the streets."

"California’s ongoing housing affordability crisis has created a cycle of poverty and chronic homelessness that requires higher property taxes to pay for additional services for the unhoused," said City of Madera Councilman Santos Garcia. "Prop 21 will keep your neighbors housed and stem the state’s homeless crisis."

"To solve California’s persistent affordable housing crisis, we must enact policies that work," said Arturo Rodriguez, Central Valley vice-chairman, California Democratic Renters Council. "Prop 21 will give Control back to our local governments and let us decide what our community needs. What I do know is, we must do everything possible to prevent further displacement and make living in California affordable for all of us."

"Prop 21 is needed more than ever to keep CA families in their homes, especially as millions of Californians face even further housing insecurity due to the economic impact of COVID-19, said Mari Perez executive director for Central Valley Empowerment Alliance.

"We are honored to have to support from prominent leaders in the Central Valley who understand the need for urgent action to end California’s housing affordability crisis that is causing chronic homelessness throughout the state," said René Christian Moya, Director of the Rental Affordability Act campaign.

Proposition 21

When passed, Proposition 21 will remove current state law restrictions, giving cities and counties the power to implement and expand rent control policies that limit how much rents can increase each year. It would allow local communities to:

  • Expand rent control to more buildings while exempting newly constructed buildings.

  • Exempts Single-Family homeowners who own up to two homes.

  • Allow limits on rent increases when a new renter moves in.

Housing Is A Human Right (HHR) is the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and the leading sponsor of Proposition 21.

Proposition 21 is sponsored by Homeowners & Tenants United, with significant funding by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. To learn more, visit yeson21ca.org and housinghumanright.org.

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Ruthie Thomas, Communications Director, Rental Affordability Act (RAA) ruth.thomas@ahf.org (310) 663-4159 cell
Ged Kenslea, AHF Communications Dir., gedk@aidshealth.org (323) 791-5526 cell