Two very nice ladies knocked on my door this morning from the Yes on R campaign. I told them right off I was opposed and working against R. It didn't take them long to figure out I am "Joe from the internet" so Voice readers can be assured the rent controllers are also reading what you and I write here. As I said, the ladies were nice, but they really cannot refute an informed challenge. We talked about the rigged Commission, the lack of budget controls, the need for a data base of rental units and renters, my concern that this will accelerate the demolition of pre-1995 apartment buildings in town. The responses are very vague and really not on point or satisfactory. It was kind of a one-way conversation.
On another aspect of Measure R, you don't have to look very hard to find a letter about how much money the No on R/Q side has raised. Yet the Yes on R side seems to be doing quite well. Printed T-shirts, door hangers, mailers. I know more than I would like to about funding and running a campaign and this one doesn't look starved for money to me. You have to wonder where it's coming from. Homework for another day.
Two last thoughts: The door hanger starts off by saying "Measure R is not rent control". Wow, really? They apparently think only an ordinance that actually sets rents is rent control. That is disingenuous to say the least. Second, the mailer has some reasonably well known, actual B'game people quoted. For later reference, here they are: