Landlord Pens Combative Letter on Rent Control Ballot Measure


With the Nov. 2018 election a year away, one Alameda landlord is already urging fellow landlords to start preparing for the City Charter rent ordinance vote.  

Don Lindsey, co-founder of the property management firm Gallagher & Lindsey, sent a letter to fellow members of Alamedans In Charge, a group of influential Alameda landlords, describing what efforts the group should perform in the lead up to the election (“Council Dates Voter Decision” Oct. 26). 

“We will need to conduct polls to help fine tune our messaging,” the letter reads. “We will need to utilize the expertise of our rent control and political campaign consultant. We will need to increase our public outreach with sound media and social network campaigns.”

To do all this Lindsey says the group will need money. He said the group needs to raise “$500,000 for the rent-control battle.” Lindsey’s asking landlords to contribute $100 for every unit they own.  

Lindsey believes this issue is bigger than a fight between landlords and the Alameda Renters Coalition.

“The war we are fighting seems to be about rent control, but that is only a small part,” Lindsey wrote. “It is the vehicle they are using to rally the progressive community to take control of Alameda. We need to wrestle political control away from the far left and restore it to the middle.”

Lindsey anticipates Councilmembers Jim Oddie, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Vice Mayor Malia Vella will work with the renters to defeat the ordinance from being etched into the City Charter.

Alameda voters will decide whether ordinance 3148 will be a part of the Alameda City Charter in the Nov. 2018 election. If voters approve the ordinance, which allows landlords to evict tenants without just-cause, to the City Charter, councilmembers will not be able to make modifications the ordinance without a vote from residents.