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Proposed Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance

From: domainremoved <Arlene>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 13:42:34 -0800

Dear Mayor Mueller and Members of the City Council,

I urge you to reject the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance proposed by
the City’s Housing Commission. I have been a housing provider in Menlo Park
for many years and see this legislation as merely rent control and just
cause eviction in disguise.

Though perhaps well intended it, like all rent control regulation, will
have the unintended consequence of discouraging new development. Such
development is the only real solution to the area’s housing shortage.

Rather than trying to make Menlo Park’s rental housing affordable by decree
the City should adopt regulations that reduce development costs. Only by
embracing measures that trim development costs will Menlo Park stimulate
the needed production of new affordable housing that our growing vibrant
community needs.

I have owned my single apartment complex with 6 units since 1957, more than
60 years. It is the sole source of my income that supports my entire
family. The cost of repairs and upgrades has skyrocketed, and it is
difficult even at present to keep up. Please consider the consequences of
this provision on individual property owners who rely on a single building
for their entire income to support their families.

Thank you for your collaborative approach to addressing the region’s
housing challenges. This could cause disastrous consequences for Menlo Park


Arlene Geary

270 Waverley Street Apartment

Menlo Park, CA

Received on Sun Feb 10 2019 - 13:39:00 PST

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