The Yes on Prop 21 movement is undertaking an investigative series into the power players behind the No on Prop 21 campaign, who include billionaire Sam Zell, Essex Property Trust CEO Mike Schall, and AvalonBay Communities CEO Tim Naughton. These men and other corporate landlords are shelling out millions to the No on 21 campaign and calling the shots behind the scenes.
Zell and his crew are desperate to protect their ability to keep charging unfair, sky-high rents, which generates billions in revenue for the real estate industry -- no matter the human cost. The corporate landlords’ opposition to Prop 21 is all about profits.
This week, we examine Sacramento political consultant Steve Maviglio, the high-priced spokesman for the No on Prop 21 campaign. He has a long history of doing the bidding of Big Business. Here’s an excerpt from our revealing exposé:
On the evening of June 1, in Washington D.C., Rahul Dubey could see trouble brewing outside his home. Dozens of police officers in riot gear had surrounded a group of protesters who were taking a peaceful stand against racial injustice, triggered by the brutal death of George Floyd. Dubey sensed that the police were going to pounce, with the possibility of cracked skulls, broken limbs, maybe even death. He couldn’t let that happen. Dubey opened the door to his home and yelled at the protesters to come in, giving them shelter just in the nick of time. Within hours, Dubey was declared a national hero for his humanity and quick action. Steve Maviglio wasn’t impressed.
"I own that home," Maviglio tweeted. "A real hero pays his rent to the owner of the home so I can pay taxes that support our community."
Maviglio, who’s Dubey’s landlord, took more potshots in a Washington Post article saying his tenant hadn’t paid rent in three months. Dubey, who lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, insisted that wasn’t true.
From Washington D.C. to California, people couldn’t believe Maviglio could be so heartless — and oblivious. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op even asked him to resign from the board. But they didn’t know Maviglio’s track record of ignoring the plight of ordinary people. His mean-spirited slams against Dubey weren’t shocking.
For years, Steve Maviglio, president of Forza Communications, has been a high-priced political consultant and spokesman in Sacramento. He’s made a handsome living by stopping the reform of predatory practices carried out by Big Business against the middle and working class — from fighting the regulation of skyrocketing health insurance premiums to killing Proposition 10, the 2018 ballot measure that would have allowed communities to expand rent control and rein in corporate landlord greed in California. While people struggled to make ends meet, Maviglio stood on the side of corporations, watching seniors on fixed incomes and hard-working families get buried by debt and mounting living costs.
Read the entire article: Can Californians Trust Anything Steve Maviglio Says?
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.