1. Measure W does nothing to solve our housing crisis
A report by the Non-Partisan Legislative Analyst found that proposals like Measure W do nothing to solve the affordable housing crisis and ends up making housing more expensive.
2. Measure W will make our housing crisis worse
Measure W will make the housing shortage in National City even worse because tenants never leave rent-controlled units – even when they can afford to move elsewhere.
3. Measure W hands more power to bureaucrats
Measure W creates a new city bureaucracy with no estimates as to how much the program will cost or how it will be enforced. We shouldn’t hand a blank check to a new bureaucracy.
4. Measure W puts neighborhoods at risk
Measure W makes evicting bad tenants virtually impossible, and typically only after a long and expensive process. This will result in property owners being forced to let problem tenants stay, even those who put the safety and security of their neighbors at risk.
5. Measure W doesn’t work
Proposals like Measure W have done nothing to solve the problem of affordable housing in other California cities where it has been tried. It has just made the housing shortage and affordability problem even worse in large cities like San Francisco and smaller cities like Santa Monica.
6. Measure W jeopardizes planned affordable housing
Currently, there are plans in the works to build several hundred affordable housing units in National City. If Measure W goes into effect, developers will have minimal incentive to build those units and increase our supply of affordable housing.
7. Measure W reduces home values
The policies authorized by Measure W have been shown to reduce property values by more than 10%, according to researchers, and significantly restricts what single-family homeowners can do with their homes.
8. Measure W is a special interest giveaway
The major financial supporter of this proposal is the landlord for a multi-million dollar rental complex, but they have written the law with a loophole so that they are not covered by Measure W.
9. Measure W is poorly written
Measure W is so poorly written that it requires National City to follow the law of a city hundreds of miles away. If passed into law, Measure W will face immediate lawsuits, costing city taxpayers, due to poor drafting.
10. Measure W is opposed by a broad, bipartisan coalition
National City neighbors, civic leaders, school officials, elected officials, and local business owners agree that Measure W is bad for National City!