No matter who you are or where you come from, success in life starts at home. When we all have safe and secure places to live, parents earn more, kids learn better, health and well-being improve, our communities are strengthened, and our region has the building blocks to thrive. But right now, wealthy and powerful real estate developers and corporate landlords control the housing market in California and pour millions into each election to swing votes in their favor. They use predatory strategies to drive up their profits when ordinary working Californians can’t even afford our rent or our mortgages. This especially affects people of color, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Menlo Park recently passed a law to build 90 affordable housing units for teachers, but this cynical measure led by landlords, NIMBY neighbors, and corporate interests is designed to stop that development. Using NIMBY language and restricting the possibility for affordable housing to be built in one of the most expensive places in the country is a bad deal. Vote no on Measure V, and let’s support affordable housing instead.