Assemblywoman Marie Waldron cast a strange vote last week.
Waldron, a Republican who represents inland North County and parts of Riverside County up to Temecula voted for AB299. The bill strengthens an existing law that prohibits cities and counties from forcing landlords to collect information on any tenant’s immigration status, or to discriminate in any way against a tenant based on their immigration status.
The new law extended that restriction beyond cities and counties to include any public entity – including school districts, water districts, public corporations.
It passed 71-1 on the Assembly floor. But Waldron’s vote for the bill was curious, because the original restriction was passed in 2007 directly in response to one of Waldron’s proposals as a city councilwoman in Escondido.
In 2006, Waldron proposed an ordinance in Escondido to prohibit landlords from renting to undocumented immigrants. The reasoning, she said at the time, was to stop overcrowding apartments.
At an October 18, 2006 Escondido City Council meeting when the ordinance passed, Waldron gave an impassioned speech about how the lack of immigration enforcement by the federal government forced Escondido to deal with the problem as a city.
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An illegal alien is, by definition, a felon. Landlords should not be coerced into mandatory legal agreements (a rental contract) with felons. Waldron's earlier vote reflected the true concerns of her constituents, but now with her new constituency containing a significant number of Hispanics, I assume that Waldon is simply pandering to the perceived desires of her new constituency. (She is assuming that all Hispanics are essentially tribal, and will vote by ethnic affinity rather than by what benefits the nation as a whole.) Waldon is an example of the career politician swamp that needs to be drained.
Illegal immigrants renting drives up rents for everyone as we have very limited housing already. Where I used to live in Vista, a very nice area up in the hills, there were 2 houses that were occupied by 3 and 4 families. Made the neighborhood a mess, junk all over the properties, gang activities, taking up too much parking. You should be here legally to rent a property, common sense.
A legislator voting in favor of a bill is not the same thing as being a sponsor of a bill. The latter comes with a knowledge, and occasionally a passion, related to an issue. The former (i.e. just voting) is all too often the result of the legislator merely following her/his colleagues and not even knowing what the legislation is about. While it would be nice to think that Waldron's vote is the result of some deep thinking, or her evolving on the issue of immigration, it is more likely that it is the result of her not doing her homework.
@bgetzel If you are defending her actions by claiming that she votes without an understanding of the meaning or consequences of her vote, then that is not just a failure to do her "homework" but also incompetency and negligence is doing her day job. Probably a violation of her oath of office too.