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America celebrates and honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, and Donald Trump will soon be forced out of the White House. But experts are making the ominous prediction that 500,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 before the end of February. Joe Biden says he’ll take quick action when he takes office on Wednesday.

What’s been somewhat lost in the past month or two — time Trump has spent nearly every waking hour making baseless claims about the November election, riling up his die-hard supporters, and inciting an insurrection in Washington D.C. …

Billionaire Sam Zell (left) and CEO Mike Schall

With millions of Californians voting early, they have a golden opportunity to do something that state legislators have failed to do: rein in corporate landlord greed. Rarely do Californians have the ability to swiftly create such change, but that tool is before them now — by voting “yes” on Proposition 21.

Prop 21 puts limits on unfair, sky-high rent increases, reins in corporate landlord greed, and prevents homelessness. It’s why U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, labor and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the California Democratic Party, ACLU, Sierra Club, and the Los Angeles Times strongly support Prop 21…

Billionaire Sam Zell

Over the last several months, the real estate industry has shelled out nearly $84 million in campaign cash to kill California’s Proposition 21. The big question now is: will corporate landlords such as Essex Property Trust, Equity Residential, and Blackstone Group spend $100 million to try to stop the statewide initiative?

Prop 21 puts limits on unfair, sky-high rent increases, reins in corporate landlord greed, and prevents homelessness. Top experts at USC, UCLA, and UC Berkeley agree that sensible rent limits are key for stabilizing California’s housing affordability crisis. It’s why U.S. …

Essex Property Trust CEO Mike Schall

Big Real Estate’s No on Prop 21 campaign has raked in a staggering $78 million in contributions, according to Politico, to defeat California’s Proposition 21. Publicly traded real estate investment trusts such as Essex Property Trust, Equity Residential, and AvalonBay Communities are among the leading contributors to the No on Prop 21 campaign.

“Wall Street landlords are trying to buy this election,” says René Christian Moya, campaign director of the Yes on Prop 21 campaign. “They’re financing misleading TV ads, and they’re using a shell committee to funnel money into the No on Prop 21 campaign. …

Billionaires Stephen Schwarzman (left) and Geoffrey Palmer

As Californians vote early this year, they should be aware of the corporate landlords behind the No on Prop 21 campaign. They’re not only contributing millions to stop Prop 21, but they’re also calling the shots in a multi-million-dollar effort to protect their profits — no matter who suffers.

Prop 21 is the statewide ballot measure that puts limits on unfair, sky-high rent increases, reins in corporate landlord greed, and prevents homelessness. Top experts at USC, UCLA, and UC Berkeley agree that sensible rent limits are key for stabilizing California’s housing affordability crisis. It’s why U.S. …

Activist Erica Jaramillo

Last year, I visited housing activists throughout California, asking them about the street-level impacts of gentrification and unfair, sky-high rents in their cities. We also talked about the powerful influence of the real estate industry on local politicians. All of these things, I learned, were ravaging their middle- and working-class communities. The COVID-19 pandemic is only making a horrible situation worse.

“People have been unemployed for weeks and unemployment checks are not coming in with the slow unemployment insurance process,” Rafael Bautista, of San Diego Tenants United, told me in April. “Federal checks are not going to be received for…

Barry Altshuler

Outside the real estate industry, most Californians don’t know about Barry Altshuler — and he probably likes it that way. But as president of the California Apartment Association board of directors and executive vice president at Equity Residential, Altshuler is no small potato. In fact, he’s a key leader in Big Real Estate’s multi-million-dollar campaign to kill Proposition 21.

Prop 21 is the statewide ballot measure that puts limits on unfair, sky-high rent increases, reins in corporate landlord greed, and prevents homelessness. Top experts at USC, UCLA, and UC Berkeley agree that sensible rent limits are key for stabilizing California’s…

Dolores Huerta

As Big Real Estate’s No on Prop 21 campaign spins and distorts, there’s one thing the real estate industry can’t change: the overwhelming support of trusted leaders and organizations for Proposition 21. From California’s housing justice movement to labor union icon Dolores Huerta, they’re urging Californians to vote early — and vote “yes” on Proposition 21.

Prop 21 is the statewide ballot measure that puts limits on unfair, sky-high rent increases, reins in corporate landlord greed, and prevents homelessness. Top experts at USC, UCLA, and UC Berkeley agree that sensible rent limits are key for stabilizing California’s housing affordability crisis.

Essex Property Trust CEO Mike Schall

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and California’s housing affordability crisis worsens, Essex Property Trust — a publicly traded real estate investment trust or REIT — is spearheading Wall Street’s multi-million-dollar campaign to kill Proposition 21.

Prop 21 is the statewide ballot measure that puts limits on unfair, sky-high rent increases, reins in corporate landlord greed, and prevents homelessness. Top experts at USC, UCLA, and UC Berkeley agree that sensible rent limits are key for stabilizing California’s housing affordability crisis. It’s why U.S. …

Billionaire Stephen Schwarzman

In the fight over Proposition 21, the battle lines are clear: Wall Street landlords versus California renters. And what corporate landlords such as Blackstone Group, Essex Property Trust, and Equity Residential want to protect is their ability to charge wildly inflated, unfair rents — no matter the human cost.

Prop 21 is the statewide ballot measure that puts limits on sky-high rent increases, reins in corporate landlord greed, and prevents homelessness. Top experts at USC, UCLA, and UC Berkeley agree that sensible rent limits are key for stabilizing California’s housing affordability crisis. It’s why U.S. …

Patrick Range McDonald

Award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and activist. Based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Newark, New Jersey.

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