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Cynthia Thacker criticizes Quirk-Silva for supporting AB 3088, hurting local landlords

“Would Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva like to earn only 25 percent of her salary?” asked Cynthia Thacker, Conservative Republican candidate filed to run for California State Assembly in the 65th district. “Instead of her annual $110,459 assembly salary, Ms. Quirk-Silva would be paid $27,614. Could she get along on just 25 percent of her salary? Probably not. Yet by supporting AB-3088 that Gov. Newsom signed into law, California won’t allow evictions for the next six months if tenants pay a minimum of 25 percent of their rent, potentially hurting the income of small landlords.”

Speaking to supporters, Thacker explained that the U.S. rental market is almost evenly split between conglomerate real estate firms and individuals, with individuals more likely to own single units, homes and duplexes. “Why doesn’t Quirk-Silva care about middle-class landlords, the so-called mom-and-pop landlords?”

Acknowledging that the pandemic has created unusual circumstances, Thacker pointed out that helping one group to the detriment of another is bad government. “No one wants people tossed out on the streets, but the Quirk-Silva supported eviction law ignores the plight of small landlords. Through hard work, savings and sacrifice many in the middle-class purchased second or third properties for rental income. If they aren’t collecting the full rent, how will these mom-and-pop landlords pay their bills?”

Thacker worries about abuse to the detriment of middle-class landlords. “There is a form that landlords can ask renters to complete to show they can’t afford to pay the full rent, but renters don’t have to provide any documentation of their reduced income or increased spending. Thus, the law can also lead to abuse.”

While AB-3088 extends the 2013 “California Homeowner Bill of Rights” for small, non-corporate landlords who own no more than four units, many argue that the so-called protection only delays the inevitable. “When this moratorium ends in March, banks will seek unpaid back mortgage payments from landlords and landlords will seek unpaid back rent from tenants. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva should tell us what happens then if renters can’t pay their back rent.”

Thacker believes that AB-3088, like so many laws passed by Quirk-Silva and the liberal Democrats in Sacramento, is just another nail in the business coffin as employers relocate to states with common sense laws and regulations. “Once again, Quirk-Silva supports a new regulation that will drive more businesses out of the state and when businesses move, many employees go with them. When employers move, many employees move, too.”

In between phone calls to registered Republicans, Thacker shared that she is running a unique grassroots campaign that focuses on the people in the district. “All the enthusiasm is with President Trump and that will help elect Republicans down ticket. Californians are watching in horror as Democrat-led cities become scenes of unrelenting violence by socialist leaning organizations. District 65 residents rightfully worry if that kind of violence could happen in our cities. Enthusiasm and getting out the vote are how Republicans will win in 2020!”

This article was released by Cynthia Thacker for Assembly.