Tenants Trick or Treat at Sen. Peralta

More than 100 tenants and supporters in Halloween costumes trick-or-treated at State Senator Jose Peralta’s Corona office Oct. 31 to ask that he support three bills to strengthen the state’s rent laws, including the repeal of vacancy decontrol and the 20 percent vacancy bonus. They brought him orange jack o’lanterns and 500 postcards from constituents attached to over 50 balloons. Peralta is a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, the group of eight Democrats allied with the Republican minority to give them control of the Senate—and effectively prevent it from even considering legislation to strengthen rent regulations passed by the Assembly. “My neighbors are leaving because they cannot afford the high rent,” said Lesvia Mendez. “I am a senior citizen on a fixed income and I am afraid that eventually I will be pushed out.”