Santa Cruz Together

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Santa Cruz Together is a self-organized grassroots organization that formed to oppose the “Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act.” Our group is comprised of over 500 Santa Cruz citizens, small property owners, and concerned ‘banana slugs’.  Our campaign is powered by concerned volunteers donating their time to defeat this destructive initiative.  We understand and fear the negative community impact of this poorly written, risky and sweeping law. It is highly unusual to restrict average homeowners property rights, in an attempt to create a relatively small number of lower rent units.   Rent Control will not make Santa Cruz more affordable for the majority but instead lead to fewer rental properties and more owner occupied property. We support practical solutions to affordable housing, but agree with the vast majority of economists, that find rent control to be a failed economic experiment.  It is not a good solution for ongoing affordable housing.