Los Angeles County Democratic Party Says 'No' to Measure S

Largest local Democratic Party organization in the U.S. moves to oppose misleading and dangerous housing ban

Last night the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, which represents over 2.4 million registered Democrats and is the largest Democratic Party entity in the United States, endorsed the campaign to stop Measure S.

"Democrats believe that Los Angeles should be a welcoming place, where families can afford to live, with a strong economy for all and a progressive vision for the future,” said Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman. “Measure S would send us backwards, which is why the Los Angeles County Democratic Party membership urges Angelenos to oppose Measure S on March 7th ballot."

Also today, a report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that rents in Los Angeles--already one of the most expensive markets for renters--spiked 4% last year, the highest yearly gain since December 2007. Measure S would put the squeeze on renters by further constricting the limited supply, and would make the city’s affordability and homelessness crisis even worse.

“We are proud to have received the endorsement from the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, a strong partner in the fight for economic and social justice. This endorsement shows that Democrats want a vibrant and welcoming L.A. that provides affordable homes and good, local jobs to its growing demographic,” said Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a member of the No on Measure S Coalition.

The L.A. County Democratic Party joins one of the largest coalitions in Los Angeles history, united in opposition to Measure S.

A report from Beacon Economics released last December spelled out the catastrophic consequences of Measure S, demonstrating that the two-year moratorium could cost $3.8 billion in economic activity, destroy 24,000 jobs, and cost $140 million in public funds, with effects lasting ten years or more due to the measure’s “silent moratorium.”