Proposition 10 – Local Rent Control Laws

Fiscal Impact:

According to the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO), Proposition 10 would result in a potential net reduction in state and local revenues of tens of millions of dollars per year in the long term.  Depending on actions taken by local governments, revenue losses could be less or considerably more.

CCC Position:

No position.

Reflections on Church Teaching:

“The political community has a duty to honor the family, to assist it, and to ensure especially…the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and housing, and the right to emigrate.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2211.

“There must be made available to all men everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing, and shelter…”  Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (December 26, 1965).

“Profit and capital are not a good over and above the human person; they are at the service of the common good.  When the common good is used only at the service of profit and capital, this has a name: it is called exclusion, and through it the throwaway culture gets stronger and stronger. Throwaway and exclusion.” – Pope Francis, 2017

“I want to be very clear. There is no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever, for lack of housing. There are many unjust situations, but we know that God is suffering with us, experiencing them at our side. He does not abandon us. Jesus not only wanted to show solidarity with every person.” – Pope Francis, Visit to St. Patrick’s Parish and meeting with the homeless, 2015

 “As preachers of the Gospel, we proclaim the message of Jesus Christ who identifies Himself with the needs of the least of the brethren. The second great commandment is to love our neighbor. We cannot deny the crying needs for decent housing experienced by the least of the brethren in our society. Effective love of neighbor involves concern for his or her living conditions.”  USCCB, The Right to a Decent Home: A Pastoral Response to the Crisis in Housing (November 20, 1975).

The “principle of subsidiarity” must be respected: “A community of a higher order should not interfere with the life of a community of a lower order, taking over its functions.” In case of need it should, rather, support the smaller community and help to coordinate its activity with activities in the rest of society for the sake of the common good. —Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, #48 (1989)

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