|In an interview, Hoffman expressed particularly concern with a statement in Butler's press release that she "will work to ensure people throughout the 50th District have as many affordable housing options as possible and I look forward to assisting AAGLA in making sure this promise becomes a reality."
"To say AAGLA creates affordable housing is a real misuse of the term, " said Hoffman. "AAGLA has never provided affordable housing for low income renters unless forced to by inclusionary housing laws."
SMRR has endorsed Butler's opponent Torie Osborn in the AD50 race.
Renters are the majority in the 50th Assembly District. In Santa Monica, renters make up 70% of residents, in West Hollywood it's 78%, and in Hollywood, the percentage of renters soars to 92%.
Interestingly, in Betsy Butler's current Southbay district, (with the exception of Marina del Rey and Venice) the opposite is largely true. In Redondo Beach half the residents are renters, in Torrance, only 44% or residents are renters, and in Manhattan Beach, only 35% rent.
"When it comes to rent control, she's acting as if she's running in her old district." observed one campaign professional not affiliated with the race. (Though not affiliated with any of the candidates, he asked his name not be used for professional considerations.)
Former West Hollywood City Councilman Steve Martin raised similar concerns in an op-ed he wrote for WestHollywoodPatch.com.
"Butler's touting of the Apartment Association endorsement reflects a tin ear to our local concerns that is probably a result of the fact that Butler is a South Bay politico", wrote Martin.
"For Betsy Butler, rent control may seem to be something of an esoteric or philosophical issue. But to many Westside tenants, rent control is a question of protecting our homes."