Here is a repost from Next Door Burlingame that can't go without some real-life response. I have added my comments in line in bold italics
I am urging renters and homeowners who are concerned about the lack of affordable housing in Burlingame to attend the City Council meeting on Monday night, August 18th, at 7:00 p.m. The City Council is scheduled to review and authorize approval (um, no. Not "authorize" unless she knows how the vote will go) of the Housing Element to the Master Plan for submission to the State of California, in effect mapping out the possible future of housing in the City.
Renters comprise the majority of residents in the City, and need protections like those enjoyed by homeowners (and exactly what "protections" are those?). Neighbors who have established lives in our community are facing increased impoverishment and displacement because of egregious (define "egregious" or is she just being inflammatory? Are our rents any higher than the rest of the Peninsula?) rent increases.
We need to unify now to make a difference. If you are not a registered voter, let me know and I'll make sure to get a registration form to you. (I look forward to this vote by the people if it ever comes about. And I will be watching the Council vote with that future vote in mind).
It can be complicated to explain to someone with very little economic understanding that there are consequences to every sort of "government control" and that those consequences often hurt the exact constituency that the control was meant to help. The absolute WORST THING that could happen to current and future renters in B'game is to have rent control. Just look at EssEff or New York City.