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San Diego leaders, tenants push for proposed California rent control bill

Posted: 7:36 AM, Aug 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-29 10:38:31-04
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A group of Board of Supervisors candidates and local organizations will call on state legislators Thursday to pass a bill that would mandate rent control statewide.

Assembly Bill 1482 would limit rent increases to once per year at a maximum of about 10% and prevent property owners from evicting tenants without cause. Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, introduced the bill in February. Since then, the Assembly approved it in May and it is currently under committee consideration in the state Senate.

Nora Vargas and Sophia Rodriguez, candidates for Board of Supervisors District 1, are expected to attend the news conference at the Olivewood Gardens Apartments, where some tenants have alleged their rent has increased by up to 50%. Representatives of the San Diego Organizing Project and Service Employees International Union Local 221 will also attend.

"I have served the San Diego community all my life, as a head start teacher and foster mother," said Dinah Pipkins, an Olivewood resident. "I moved into Olivewood Garden Apartments with the impression that it was affordable housing for seniors."

The news conference is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Olivewood Gardens Apartments.