Richmond City Councilmember Jovanka Beckles landed the Wellstone Democratic Club Endorsement Over Buffy Wicks by a whopping margin and due to California Prop 10.
Proposition 10 is the California Affordable Housing Act on the November 2018 ballot. If passed, it would get rid of the Costa Hawkins legislation that has allowed property owners to raise rent by up to three times market value once a unit is vacated in a rent controlled dwelling.
This has produced epidemically high rates of illegal evictions in California, as landlords sought to take advantage of the tech fueled boom in housing demand.
Buffy Wicks believes that Costa Hawkins can be “fixed” but what she misses is that many believe such a process takes too long with respect to the growing problem of homelessness.
That is why Wicks lost to Beckles at Wellstone.