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Efforts to Defeat Prop 10 Gain Powerful Allies

In the latest development concerning November’s ballot initiative in California to repeal the law preempting municipalities from instituting rent control, one of the state’s most influential conglomerations of businesses focused on policy joined the fight to preserve Costa-Hawkins on Thursday, August 9.

The Bay Area Council (BAC), “a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area,” has recently come out opposing Proposition10, the effort to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Repeal would pave the way for localities in California to begin restricting rents for the first time since 1995. The BAC counts among its group more than 300 businesses, including Wells Fargo, Facebook and the Golden State Warriors, according to Curbed San Francisco.

The Council was founded in 1945 as a way for the region’s business community and like-minded individuals to concentrate and coordinate their efforts. It is widely respected by elected officials, policymakers and other civic leaders as the regional voice of business in the Bay Area.

Additionally, according to Curbed San Francisco, BAC joins several California veterans groups, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American GI Forum, American Legion and AMVETS, in opposing Proposition 10.