I was motivated to run when I discovered at my husband's memorial service that I would be unable to return to my home without paying the tenant a fee of $20,000. We had decided to temporarily leave Berkeley for a teaching opportunity and to rent out our home. When the lease was signed, there was no law requiring me to pay thousands of dollars to regain possession of my home. Had I known, we might never had chosen to rent it out. Instead of being able to take the time to grieve the unexpected loss of my husband, I was thrust into trying to regain possession of the one place I really needed to be.
I am passionate about solving the housing crisis. As a former tenant, landlord and current homeowner, I bring a broad and deep understanding of the issues plaguing our city from a housing perspective. I believe in fair and balanced policy making, while simultaneously devising creative, cost-effective solutions to problems. I have done this during my entire career and I plan to bring those skills to bear on behalf of the residents of our great city. The Rent Board needs greater accountability and transparency to the citizens it serves, and I intend to provide both from day one!
I would respect the rights of tenants, while also encouraging homeowners to offer their homes and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) for rent in order to help increase the supply of rental housing. This economic opportunity would help the elderly and those on fixed incomes to age in place, while expanding the inventory of rental units in the city. I would help facilitate this process for the good of all.
I am a proud homeowner, former rental housing provider and tenant. I understand the need for more affordable housing and will strive to foster a better sense of trust between homeowners and the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board so that there are more options for renters -- not fewer.
Lori Droste, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
Susan Wengraf, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
Jim Hynes, Former Assistant City Manager, Professor, Golden Gate University.
Rolf Bell, CEO, Green Living Builders & Tiny House Construction Director
Rebecca Arnold, ACHD Commission President, Ada County Highway District
Jackie Groves, Co-founder at Cuesta Sol Vineyards; Former Chair, Ada Democrats
Alameda County & City of Berkeley Voter Guide Candidate Statement
Daily Californian, Wendy Saenz Hood Neufeld to Run for Berkeley Rent Board, August 31, 2020
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