There is so much wrong with the letter taking The Bee to task for supporting Proposition 99 over 98, I almost don't know where to begin. The facts behind the difference in the two propositions are not "socialist doggerel," but true representation of the effort of some landlords and mobile park owners (they're not "trailer parks") to eliminate the one mechanism that allows elderly, infirm and low- income people to have a roof over their heads. And pity the poor landlord who only gets a 5 percent return on his investment when the Social Security increase is less than that. Mobile home owners have found that, without rent control, their homes are worthless.
"Gouging senior citizens is a national pastime," the writer proclaims. Does that make it right? The statement that somehow mobile home owners and renters are "a portion of society that contributes nothing to the greater good" overlooks the fact that many of these old folks put their lives on the line in defense of this country, spent years creating the economy he enjoys and simply hope to live out their golden years in peace and quiet. I can't work up much sympathy for someone who echoes the same tired excuses that Equity LifeStyle Properties uses to justify their huge rent increases.