Prop. 10 seeks to ease the pressures of the ongoing California housing crisis, and The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law will host a debate highlighting the primary arguments surrounding the proposition prior to the November elections.
For decades, California has battled with a housing crisis. According to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute, 50 percent of households in California are unable to afford the cost of living in their local market. The largest contributing factor to this crisis is the severe lack of home building. Without the construction of new homes, the state is unable to meet the demand it faces for housing, driving prices through the roof. This leaves members of the lower and middle classes unable to pay their rent.
Some argue that the housing shortage costs California’s economy more than $140 billion annually due to extremely limited disposable incomes on the part of individual citizens, as well as a lack of new construction jobs. Additionally, more than two-thirds of coastal cities in the state utilize policies that limit residential development, such as population caps or limits on building height. These measures lead to an increase in housing prices by as much as five percent, according to a UC Berkeley study.
The housing crisis has made its way onto the November ballot with Proposition 10, which aims to, in part, give individual cities in California more ability to enact or expand rent control programs that help to protect affordable housing options.
On October 30, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law is opening its doors to the public for a friendly debate on the issue. Policy and Communications Director Lucas Zucker from the nonprofit CAUSE will argue for Prop. 10, while Colleges of Law alumna Betty L. Jeppesen, J.D., will argue against.
The argument for
Supporters of Proposition 10 are certain it would alleviate the housing crisis by allowing residents to find more affordable places to live. It is important to note that Prop. 10 would not mandate rent control—it would simply give cities the freedom and flexibility to find their own solutions to the housing crisis. Proponents say that enacting rent control will protect those who are on the brink of losing their homes, preventing an increase in homelessness.
The argument against
Those who oppose Prop. 10 cite economic research and data that shows that rent control does not provide long-term relief to housing shortages. In fact, opponents of the proposition say that enacting rent control will discourage the already scarce construction of new housing units, perpetuating the issue. They instead advocate for building incentives so as to offer people more places to live. Those against the passage of Prop. 10 say that because of controlled rent prices, landlords will be unable to maintain their properties which will then fall into a state of disrepair, forcing people to live in less-than-desirable conditions.
Join us on October 30 to hear both sides of the issue before heading to the voting booth in November. The debate will take place at our Ventura Campus, 4475 Market Street, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.