Happy Labor Day, dear Voice reader. Labor Day is the traditional start of the local election season. If there were a city council race this year you would expect to see lawn signs sprouting up as you return from your weekend get away. There is no council race, but this is an intensely important election nonetheless due to the rent control measure on the ballot. It's important enough to have a new Voice category on the right side of your screen since we will hear plenty between now and Nov. 8th. I was streaming the first season of Sex in the City over my getaway weekend and was taken by a thought Carrie Bradshaw had in S1 Episode 2:
"I began to realize that being beautiful is like having a rent controlled apartment overlooking the park. Completely unfair and usually bestowed upon those who deserve it least."
After a moment of thought about Mr. Big, she continues
"I take that back. Beauty is fleeting....but a rent controlled apartment overlooking the park is forever."
That certainly applies in B'game since one of the most egregious parts of the proposed ordinance forces a landlord who removes a tenant in order to live in the property to give the removed tenant first right of refusal to move back in for .... wait for it....up to 30 years. Oh, and at the original rental price! Just amazing.