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