Statement on Ellis Act Agenda Item for April 23, 2019
- deferred from April 9 & March 26 meetings -
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CANDIDATE FOR SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 URGES
REJECTION OF CHANGES TO LOCAL ELLIS ACT ORDINANCE
On April 23, the San José City Council is poised to drastically undermine a vital tool we have to build affordable housing: the Ellis Act. Agenda Item 4.2 19-117. Click HERE for link to Agenda
Under our Ellis Act Ordinance, when rent-stabilized housing is torn down in favor of new rental developments, developers must dedicate 20-50% of the new units to affordable housing conditions.The City Council is set to reduce this obligation to practically nothing. This is a travesty in light of the affordable housing crisis that the Council itself has acknowledged. The only reason for this is that some members heard negative “anecdotes” about the viability of housing projects with these requirements.
We must not fall for these false narratives about San José being too restrictive for growth and solutions. Major international tech companies are purchasing property to relocate and grow in our Downtown and North José corridor. North San José will be the gateway to our city now through BART.
San José is meeting our goals for market/above-market housing options, but we are failing to meet the needs of our residents and working families as they struggle to afford to live here. At the current rate of affordable housing development, it would take San José thirty years to meet these goals. Despite this, the Council is choosing to undercut the Ellis Act protections that keep the working families of San José in San José.
We must guide City policies and actions based on the needs of the residents and our families. I ask you to join with our neighbors from across San José to be at the City Council meeting on April 23, and join me in urging our Mayor & City Council to do better for our families, and to serve the residents. We must work to strengthen the Ellis Act, not weaken it.
District 4 resident
Read the San José HCDC recommendation on the Ellis Act OR Click HERE for link