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UncategorizedEllis Act, Prop. 13 bills advance in Sacramento

Ellis Act, Prop. 13 bills advance in Sacramento


Leno, Mayor Ed Lee, and Assemblymember Phil Ting at a press conference supporting Ellis Act reform

By Tim Redmond

MAY 29, 2014 — State Sen. Mark Leno’s bill to limit Ellis Act evictions squeaked through the Senate today with 21 votes after Leno promised to make a few amendments. That means the measure will advance to the state Assembly, where once again there will be a bitter fight against real-estate interests.

Leno agreed to amend the bill to differentiate between small property owners and big speculators, to create an exemption for people who own fewer than two buildings, and to look at a possible sunset clause.

That was enough to convince Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, who had initially voted against the bill, to flip to the Yes side.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano had a much easier time with his Prop. 13 reform bill, which cleared the Assembly floor 56-8. The measure would close a major loophole in the law that allows property owners to skirt higher taxes when they buy property.

The Ellis Act bill will have to go through policy committees in the Assembly, where the amendments will be heard, and then come back to the Senate for concurrence. At every step of the way, the California Chamber of Commerce and real-estate interests will be trying to derail it.

The Leno bill failed the first time it came up, but he managed to convince enough Democrats to support it that it won the minimum necessary votes.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. “SF can’t keep making new laws without dealing with the cause of the problem, they usually only create more problems in the future…..WAKE UP VOTERS….time to rethink the whole system”

    You mean deal with the pink elephant in the room, rent control? Naa, why bother. That would eliminate too many non-profit jobs.

  2. the Devil is in the details….and his amendments have no details…..

    “While not specific, Leno, D-San Francisco, offered conceptual wording that he says would:

    -Differentiate speculators from landlords. Leno offered no specifics. Currently, this is defined as owning property less than five years.
    -Exempt small-property owners; Leno offer two units as an example.
    -Add a sunset provision, although he gave no time limit.”

    same story as the condo conversion act…..watered down until it’s ineffective and will produce other, more harmful practices, all in the name of “doing something” which may win elections, but will hurt us all for years to come.
    speculators are increasing using the Ellis Act simply because the condo lottery was put on hold for 12 years….who won in that fight??

    SF can’t keep making new laws without dealing with the cause of the problem, they usually only create more problems in the future…..WAKE UP VOTERS….time to rethink the whole system

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