San Diego Republican Assemblyman Brian Maienschein stopped by the VOSD Podcast this week to talk about his pivotal vote on Sen. Toni Atkins’ SB 2, a bill that brings in new revenue to fund affordable housing via a fee on certain real estate documents.
Interestingly, though Maienschein was crucial to the passage of SB 2, and the bill was controversial – particularly because the Legislature already passed a gas tax this session – he said he really wasn’t lobbied by anyone trying to get him to vote a certain way.
Here are a few other highlights from the interview, which we’ll post today.
On being the lone Republican Assembly vote on SB 2:
“It was a big vote. You know, any time you step out you’re the only one on something, that’s a tough vote. Candidly, I know I did the right thing. I feel very comfortable with it. … I mean first off, I was the San Diego County commissioner on homelessness. This issue is very personal to me. It’s not a hypothetical; I think for a lot of people, homelessness is sort of a hypothetical. But for me, you know I did it every day for four years and I was face to face with actual homeless people instead of some people who kind of opine from, you know, from behind the ivory tower.”
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Mainschein is a total sellout , joining forced with Taxin' Toni Atkins to make SD housing less affordable. Layering additional taxes on homeowners can only mean one thing rents and the cost of real estate will continue to be driven up.
When your rent goes up be sure to send a note to these two tax and spenders.