Gilbert Williams, left, with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action, and Sarah "Fred" Sherburn-Zimmer, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, speak with District 11 tenants on the phone in Supervisor Ahsha Safai's office as tenants rights advocates stage a protest to call Safai out for "flip-flopping" on Proposition 10 at City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Tenant activists call out Safai for vote on rent control measure

Tenant activists took over Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s office at City Hall Monday to call out his lack of support for a resolution backing Proposition 10, which would repeal a state law limiting the power of cities to implement rent control.

The protesters, who entered Safai’s office while he attended a committee hearing on a piece of recycling legislation he introduced, came to present a pair of golden flip flops, in honor of what they called his “flip-flop voting record” on tenant protections.

Safai and other supervisors voted 11-0 in December to back a resolution supporting a bill that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, legislation passed in 1995 that limits local tenant protections. A repeal of Costa-Hawkins would allow San Francisco to make changes to its current rent control ordinance and increase tenant protections if it chose to do so.

Safai was one of four supervisors on Sept. 4 to vote against a resolution introduced by Supervisor Aaron Peskin in support of Prop. 10. The resolution, which got seven votes in support, needed eight to pass according to procedural rules. It was sent to committee.

SEE RELATED: Supes reject Peskin resolution supporting statewide repeal of rent control limits

Supervisor Malia Cohen has also been criticized for her vote on the resolution, given that she has previously said she supports Prop. 10.

Gilbert Williams, left, with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment Action, and Sarah “Fred” Sherburn-Zimmer, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, speak with District 11 tenants on the phone in Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s office as tenants rights advocates stage a protest to call Safai out for “flip-flopping” on Proposition 10 at City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Leslie Dreyer with the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco takes a photo of a golden flip-flop with the note “Safai votes not to protect tenants” written on it in Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s office as tenants rights advocates stage a protest to call him out for “flip-flopping” on Proposition 10 at City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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Leslie Dreyer with the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco takes a photo of a golden flip-flop with the note "Safai votes not to protect tenants" written on it in Supervisor Ahsha Safai's office as tenants rights advocates stage a protest to call him out for "flip-flopping" on Proposition 10 at City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Tenants rights advocates call District 11 residents while staging a protest in Supervisor Ahsha Safai's office to call him out for "flip-flopping" on Proposition 10 at City Hall on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

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