I am running to give our city's ADU builders, homeowners, and multi-family property owners fair representation. I build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Berkeley and the inner east bay. Many of my clients struggle to afford to stay in the Bay Area because of rising costs, and their ADU becomes a part of that ability to stay. They may use it for additional rental income, or a place to house extended family. They may use it to house a professional caregiver, or a person caring for their children. While the uses may vary, one things is consistent - none of the owners of these new ADUs want the Berkeley Rent Board overseeing and regulating their use. They are appalled to learn that the Rent Board has no property representation on the board.
I would advocate for educating the Rent Board and community at large around the basic concepts of rental housing economics. A more educated Rent Board will yield better results for both tenants and rental housing providers alike. Similarly, I am open to hearing from tenant advocates such that I can learn more about their position and my positions may evolve as well.
Property owners make up the bulk of the city's tax base, yet their voice is missing when the Rent Board makes policy decisions affecting them. I share the opinion of 95% of economists that rent control is counterproductive to the goal of lowering rents and increasing the supply and quality of rental housing.
Shirley Dean, Former Mayor, City of Berkeley
Laurie Capitelli, Former Councilmember, City of Berkeley
Debra R. Sanderson, Former Planning Manager, City of Berkeley
Bryce Nesbitt, Engineer, Member, Public Works Commission
Ted Edlin, Former Chair, Housing Advisory Commission & Member, Fire Commission
Kathleen Crandall, Co-Chair, ADU Task Force
Jenny Wenk, Personnel Board; CERT Volunteer
Greg San Martin, Housing Supply Advocate
Rolf Bell, CEO, Green Living Builders & Tiny House Construction Director
Alex Bergtraun, Architect
Barbara Gilbert, Homeowner Advocate; Former Local Positions including Mayoral Aide; Council Candidate; Northeast Berkeley Association Officer; Labor Commissioner
Alameda County & City of Berkeley Voter Guide Candidate Statement
Daily Californian, Entrepreneurial Builder Dan McDunn Runs for Berkeley Rent Board in Homeowners' Interests, July 21, 2020
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