Tenant advocates held rallies across the state on Saturday in support of Proposition 10, a statewide ballot initiative that could pave the way for the expansion of rent control.
At an event in Oakland, Sabirah Mustafa wanted to get some tips from an organizer to take the campaign door to door, though it soon became clear she had concerns of her own to share.
Mustafa said she struggles to manage rent increases in the Section 8 home she rents with her mother. ""She's elderly and there's no protections. So it's real important that we ..."
"Change this," another volunteer said, as Mustafa trailed off in tears.
Vanessa Riles had an eerily similar story. She rents a place with her mom across the street from the home they used to own. The rental is a single-family home, the kind of property exempt from the state's 1995 rent control restrictions, known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.