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It will be two years ago next week that Council heard the story of an elderly couple who had moved out of the Benton Street apartment where they had lived for 17 years after their rent was raised by 67 per cent.

Those on the dais were appalled.  “Gives decent landlords a black eye,” said Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.  “Saddening,” said Councilman Tony Daysog.  “Abhorrent,” said Mayor Marie Gilmore.

Indeed, the politicians were so upset that all but one of them – Councilman Stewart Chen, D.C. – suggested that the time had come to consider enacting some kind of rent control (or, to use the politically correct term, rent stabilization) ordinance in Alameda.

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