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Proposition 10 would repeal previously-enacted legislation that limits the ability of communities to impose rent control on apartments built after 1995, individually-owned single family homes and vacant rental units.  This is a bad idea that will only make rental housing scarcer and, paradoxically, more expensive.  We urge a No vote on Prop 10.  Read more here.

Vote Yes! on Proposition 5, the Property Tax Fairness Initiative, this November.  This post will explain how this initiative works to benefit seniors and disabled persons (as well as those who lost their homes in a natural disaster) by enabling them to move to a new home in California without absorbing an exorbitant property tax bill going forward.

The Manhattan Beach City Council met August 21 and approved the draft "Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness in Our Community."  Here are the key takeaways from that council meeting's discussion of the plan.

The current draft proposal to address homelessness in Manhattan Beach is up for discussion and comment at the next City Council meeting, August 21.  The proposal is long on generalities, short on specifics and, worst of all, seems to de-emphasize enforcement of existing city ordinances.  Could make for an interesting meeting.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions (Part Deux).  Nowhere is that more evident than in the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling on California prisons and the 2014 voter-approved Proposition 47 on property crimes in Los Angeles County and the South Bay.

New ballot initiative seeks to overturn California state rent control law by imposing even more stringent controls wherever rent control is adopted.  Even greater housing shortages and more homelessness to follow.  As they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.