BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
A candidate for Redwood City Council is saying that a mailer sent out by the California Apartment Association, a landlord group, is a “complete distortion” of her views.
The mailer, sent out last week, urges homeowners not to vote for Reddy because of her stance as a renters advocate who supports rent control.
The ad, which states “We can’t trust Diana Reddy” and “Do you know the real Diana Reddy?” depicts Reddy in a “Yes on R” shirt, which was a rent control measure in Burlingame from November 2016 that ultimately failed at the polls, with 9,350 no votes and 4,668 yes votes.
Reddy also worked on Pacifica’s unsuccessful rent control measure, and has stated that she supports rent control and just-cause evictions. Reddy is the only candidate in the Redwood City Council race who supports rent control.
The ad also uses a headline for an opinion piece Reddy wrote for a newspaper called “The big lie about California’s housing crisis.”
“But if you look at the article that was referenced in the hit piece, I don’t say the things it says I am saying,” Reddy pointed out. The ad claims that Reddy is in support of removing private property rights, regulating single-family homes and restricting the control of people’s homes.
“People who are against stabilizing rents say it’s an attack on property rights, but people can’t build their homes on sides of cliffs,” Reddy said. “There are rules to protect people, and when a community is not protected from being displaced…this is a complete distortion of who I am and what I stand for.”
“I am an advocate for renters, and an advocate for people who are more vulnerable,” Reddy said. “I am one voice, but one that needs to be heard on our city council.”
The California Apartment’s Association has spent $9,631.77 on the mailers, according to finance forms filed with the Redwood City Clerk’s office. That’s about a third of how much cash Reddy has raised in her campaign. According to the most recent financial statements, Reddy has raised $29,729, which includes a $5,000 loan from herself.
Reddy is running for one of three seats on the Redwood City Council.
She is running against incumbent Diane Howard, life long resident Christina Umhofer, planning commissioners Ernie Schmidt and Giselle Hale, Complete Streets Commissioner Jason Galisatus and former planning commissioner Rick Hunter.