Having moved to San Mateo County in 1968, I very quickly knew this was the place I wanted to raise my two daughters and do business. I’ve always done well for myself; I got into the insurance business 40 years ago after having served our country in the military, and have been a homeowner in San Mateo. As a renter now in my retirement, I would never have imagined that one day I would be slapped with a $1,100 rent increase and then subsequently given a 60-day eviction notice. I want to see us ensure that other veterans and retirees like myself will no longer have to live in fear of massive rent increases and displacement.
—Rodger Benard, veteran