Why I’m in favor of the “Rent Is Too Damn High” ballot initiative

Letters to the Editor: Landlords sparked L.A.’s overcrowding crisis. They got an assist from leaders and officials.

From the moment the “Rent Is Too Damn High” ballot initiative came out in the early 1990s, it triggered a political and economic crisis in Los Angeles. Many people, including me, believed the same outcome would be achieved sooner or later, but I never imagined the crisis wouldn’t stop.

Today, the crisis is at its worst. The situation is more catastrophic than any I foresaw, yet the politicians and city leaders have failed to take this crisis seriously. The outcome couldn’t have been more disastrous, with landlords refusing to rent units to anyone or anything but the most desperate. The only thing these landlords can be blamed for is selling their land at a loss, something they should not have done.

The problem with this current housing crisis was brought on by the politicians and City Hall. People, including me, blame the politicians and City Hall for this crisis because they put the blame on landlords who are the cause of the problem.

I blame the politicians and City Hall for the crisis because their inaction has caused this mess. We could have a solution. We will do everything in our power to help solve the housing crisis, but we have to take this crisis seriously. If people could see the error of our ways, this city could solve its crisis and its housing problems by getting rid of the politicians and City Hall.

I’m hopeful that this letter will wake up many people to the fact that this crisis is bigger than they realize, and that the politicians and City Hall have been at the root of the crisis for far too long.

Dennis T. WhelanLos Angeles

Why I’m in favor of the “Rent Is Too Damn High” ballot initiative.

As a result of the “Rent Is Too Damn High” initiative, Los Angeles has developed into an overcrowded city, its population growing at a rate that makes it one of the most expensive and dangerous places in the nation.

I’m not in favor of rent control, but I am in favor of taking steps to remove the impediments and restraints that prevent more people from moving here.

This city needs more housing options, not fewer, and the only real solution is one that involves both government and private entities.

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