To the Editor:
As president of the Black Property Owners Association, I have experienced many measures designed to help tenants and property owners. However, measures enacted in Berkeley that are similar to EE, the new eviction restriction measure now on the ballot in Oakland, have been a disaster for African Americans. As a result of these measures, Berkeley is the least ethnically diverse city in all of Alameda County’s 14 cities. In short, African Americans have been pushed out and if Oakland is not careful the same process will occur there. Measure EE reduces housing affordability by limiting the supply of housing units as has happened in San Francisco and Berkeley. Who do you think will suffer in a tight housing market? The poor, the elderly, people of color, the disabled and those on the margins of society.