Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Make San Francisco’s Rent Board More Pro-Tenant

By Ted Gullicksen

On Thursday, the Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors will be hearing a proposed ballot measure for November which would increase tenant representation on San Francisco’s Rent Board and give Supervisors authority over appointments. The hearing will be Thursday, July 1, at 11:00 AM in Room 263 of San Francisco City Hall.

Right now the Rent Board is made up of five members: two landlords, two tenants, and one homeowner. All of them are appointed by Mayor Newsom (who is opposed to rent control) and they serve at his pleasure. The proposal, sponsored by Sup. David Campos would make the Board three tenants, two landlords, and two homeowners; half of them would be appointed by the Board of Supervisors, half by the Mayor, and one would be selected jointly by the Board and Mayor.

The Rent Board has the power to write regulations, decide cases, and determine rent control policy. Right now, tenants have to work to prevent the Board from rolling back rent control. The Campos proposal will give us the chance to use the Rent Board to strengthen rent control and expand our rights.

Please come and show your support for this proposed ballot measure!

Ted Gullicksen is the Director of the San Francisco Tenants Union.

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