: sacbee – excerpt
Delaine Eastin is the only major candidate for California governor to unequivocally support a potential November ballot measure that would allow stronger local rent control laws across the state.
Eastin, a Democrat and former state schools chief, said she supports the outright repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which prevents rent control ordinances from applying to housing built after 1995, as well as single-family homes, duplexes and condos.
“It hasn’t worked and it’s time to repeal it,” Eastin said at a candidate forum Thursday hosted by the advocacy nonprofit Housing California. Proponents of repeal, financed in part by Los Angeles activist Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, have gathered more than 250,000 of the 365,880 signatures they need to qualify by next month…
Eastin is trailing in the polls behind other Democrats — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang. Rent control advocates voiced strong support for her after she backed Costa-Hawkins repeal at the California Democratic Party convention last month. She won 20 percent of delegate votes, behind Newsom and Chiang, while Villaraigosa got 9 percent…(more)