These are dramatic and changing times in which we live. Certainly with Gorbachev in the U.S.S.R. talking glasnost and SMRR in the People's Republic of Santa Monica talking in conciliatory tones of vacancy decontrol, times have changed, and there is a new wind blowing.
In U.S.S.R., Gorbachev has, for years, been a good party Communist. In Soviet Monica, we now have Jay Johnson, who has worked as a very staunch liberal for years. Jay Johnson is the newly appointed Rent Control Board Commissioner. He has fought actively for the anti-Vietnam movement, the anti-RAND movement (Is RAND really a warmonger?) and is on the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renter's Rights.
In the U.S.S.R., Gorbachev came to power, began easing the tensions, and shortly the walls came down. In Santa Monica and other places where there is drastic rent control, along came the Ellis law, which allowed landlords to flee by going out of the rent controlled apartment business. Just as Gorbachev found himself in dire straits, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights and Jay Johnson find themselves in dire straits. They must do something conciliatory and provide some real freedoms, or they will lose everything they have worked for in their Socialist environments.