Perez Pushes Landlord-Backed Candidate for Santa Monica

by Paul Hogarth on May 15, 2012

At the California Democratic Convention three months ago, Assembly Speaker John Perez greased the wheels so that his candidate – Betsy Butler – got the Party Endorsement for the 50th Assembly District, although the State Assemblywoman carpet-bagged into the 50th to run against Torie Osborn, a progressive Democrat. But it’s only gotten worse since. In a press release, Butler touted her endorsement by the landlord advocacy group Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles – although the district she’s running for includes Santa Monica and West Hollywood. “It is hard to reconcile Butler’s claim to be a progressive standard bearer when she aligns herself with the folks who would love to eliminate rent control,” wrote West Hollywood activist Steve Martin in a local blog. And it also highlights Speaker Perez’s dismal record when passing pro-tenant legislation – as top priorities like repealing the Action Apartments decision and inclusionary housing have either languished, or gone down to defeat. If the Speaker’s candidate in one of the most pro-tenant districts happens to be the landlord choice, it’s all you need to know of his priorities. Meanwhile, Santa Monica tenant activists are not amused

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