Posted May 25 by the opinion staff of the North County Times
It is more than a little counterintuitive for this newspaper to support rent control, but after reading all
the commentary and studying the initiative itself, we believe Oceanside's Proposition E should be defeated.
We do not believe the Oceanside City Council should have instituted rent control over mobile-home
parks in 1985 ---- it was, at best, an ungainly example of government micromanagement of the economy.
In our view, it represented seizure of private assets by the government.
However, in the more than a quarter-century since rent control was imposed on Oceanside's mobile-home
parks, many people have purchased mobile homes under the reasonable assumption that rent control
was city policy and would remain so.
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