Speaking up to let your City Councilmembers and the Mayor know how you feel about legislation does have impact! And it's not hard to do. You typically only have one minute to speak, so practicing ahead of time will help you! Not sure what do say? Just read the script below.
"Hi. I am a rental housing provider. I oppose TOPA in its current form. The author just added vacant properties to the list of properties TOPA would apply to. The proposal has numerous inconsistencies and mistakes. There are considerable unanswered questions as to who this will apply to, how it will work, and how long it will take an owner to ultimately sell their property under TOPA. This legislation needs to wait until AFER the pandemic. There is no proof that TOPA combats gentrification. There IS proof that it will unfairly burden small property owners who need to sell their property quickly, and may be made to wait up to 285 days to close on a sale. Please do not pass TOPA out of committee today. Thank you.
Email the Mayor and City Councilmembers with your testimony. If you don't have personal testimony, use our statement above. Email Mayor Arreguin (email@example.com), Councilmember Lori Droste (firstname.lastname@example.org), Councilmember Sophie Hahn (email@example.com), and Councilmember Rigel Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org)