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Teresa Rodrigues: Yes on Y; don’t displace residents for tourists

I am a renter in Nevada City and I support Measure Y. I rent a cute, restored 1890s house a short five minute walk from downtown.

My landlord could easily turn it into a short-term vacation rental like others in town. It would meet all the qualifications now in place.

What happens to people like me when this happens? I contribute to our community. I’ve spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help put on events that residents and tourists come to. My children grew up in Nevada City. Finding rental housing when they were young was a struggle and now they struggle to stay here. To take away what little rental housing there is isn’t right.

The Nevada City Hosts mailer says, “let hosted short-term rentals provide additional lodging for the many visitors to our town.” What about long-term rentals for the many citizens who keep the town vibrant and attractive for the visitors?

I’m a renter who gives back to my community every day. I live here. I volunteer here. I vote here. I don’t want to be displaced by a tourist. I’m voting Yes on Y.

Teresa Rodrigues

Nevada City

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