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AirTalk debates 2018 ballot initiatives: Prop 10, the so-called ‘Affordable Housing Act’

A "For Rent" sign is seen on a building Hollywood, California, May 11, 2016.
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One of the most talked about and contested propositions on California's November ballot is Proposition 10, the so-called "Affordable Housing Act."

It goes before voters at a time when rents across California are higher than they have ever been, with almost a third of the state's renters paying more than half of their monthly income on rents.

Enter Proposition 10, a ballot initiative that's set off a $60 million spending war between California's landlord lobby on one side, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and tenants' rights activists on the other.

If passed, Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. That would open the door for much wider implementation of rent-stabilization or rent-control policies by cities, something that has been very restricted since the act passed more than two decades ago.

But there would be limits on the limits. Prop 10 also specifies that cities not pass any policy that would infringe on "a landlord's right to a fair rate of return on a property."

Today, We debate the measure.

To read the full explainer of Prop 10, click here.

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Peter Dreier, representative for ‘Yes on 10’ and professor of politics and urban and environmental policy at Occidental College

Debra Carlton, representative of Californians for Responsible Housing, which opposes Prop 10; she is the senior vice president of government affairs for the California Apartment Association