Right now, my City Council office and I have been focused on helping those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and I wanted to pass along some helpful information to you and yours:
On Tuesday, the City Council considered several proposals to address impacts from the coronavirus emergency. Among them was a proposal to protect from eviction tenants -- both residential and commercial -- impacted by the crisis.
I voted to direct city staff to draft an ordinance exercising the city’s authority under the Governor’s emergency declaration. As I stated on Tuesday, public health and humanitarian considerations justify such action, but I also indicated that my review of such an ordinance will be guided by ensuring fairness to both tenants and property owners. Both tenants and property owners deserve protection from short-term impacts of this crisis, and I will work to ensure both are protected.
For tenants who can document direct impacts from the crisis, those protections would include temporary extensions of rent payment deadlines. For property owners, they would ensure availability of temporary state or federal aid and extension of property tax and mortgage payment deadlines.
In addition, tenants should take advantage of unemployment insurance which is available immediately or small business loans to help them get through these difficult times.
I will not support an ordinance that protects one group at the expense of the other.
We have a lot of work to do -- together.
WHEN we get out of this crisis, the optimism we maintain today will be the strongest medicine for a quick recovery.
All the best,
Candidate for Mayor of San Diego