“In a time of unprecedented crisis – as communities of color and all Californians are struggling to regain their footing from the housing crash – we cannot afford any more expensive mandates that will starve people of being able to put a roof over their head.
“Prevailing wage mandates perhaps will help some members of a politically powerful special interest, but that is only achieved at the expense of every other Californian currently struggling with higher housing costs.
“The bottom-line is prevailing wage will lead to higher poverty, higher housing costs and make our state’s housing crisis even worse.”

– John Gamboa, Respected Social Justice Leader, founding Board Member of the California Community Builders and Vice Chair of the Two Hundred Project.

California’s housing costs are already the highest in the country, and Government Mandated Prevailing Wage will make housing even more expensive. This is a misguided proposal that rewards only a select few and imposes massive new housing costs on everyone else. It puts the American Dream of homeownership even further from realization for all moderate income families, especially for communities of color who are so far behind. California should be doing everything it can to make housing more affordable, not more expensive. In the name of all that is fair and just, I strongly urge you to vote no against Government Mandated Prevailing Wage.

Herman Gallegos
Latino civil rights pioneer

The bill, unintentionally I believe, will drive up housing costs for every Californian, especially the most vulnerable – families of color, single parents with children and seniors on fixed incomes. It is so discouraging that we could even consider a measure to benefit a small segment of workers to the detriment of all others struggling to make ends meet. There is no doubt in my mind that Government Mandated Prevailing Wage could drive up homelessness and keep poor families poor. In the name of social justice, I urge you to oppose Government Mandated Wage.

Honorable Cruz Reynoso
Retired California Supreme Court Justice

Government Mandated Prevailing Wage could drive up the cost of housing by 46%. This bill will make it harder for Latino families already struggling to make ends meet. It will force families to choose between paying more for housing or paying for critical needs like food and healthcare. People deserve safe, affordable housing and Government Mandated Wage makes it even harder for Latino families and millions of Californians to achieve the American Dream of homeownership. To protect California’s most vulnerable, please vote no on Government Mandated Prevailing Wage.

Honorable Joe Coto
Former CA ASM and Chair of California Latino Legislative Caucus


Mandated prevailing wage would increase housing costs significantly for all Californians. For people living paycheck to paycheck, these increases aren’t just a monthly burden. They hold back entire generations from breaking the cycle of poverty.



Bay Area Council

Community Advocacy Coalition

California Community Builders

Oakland Chamber of Commerce

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

The Two Hundred

A&I Reprographics

Aceves Construction and Design Inc

AJJ Associates / Landscape Resources

America Fire Sprinkler Association

American Institute of Architects, California Council

Anaheim Chamber of Commerce

Apartment Association of California Southern Cities

Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles

Apartment Association of Orange County

Associated Builders & Contractors — Central California Chapter

Associated Builders & Contractors — San Diego Chapter

Bateman Construction Services

Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce

Big Bear Chamber of Commerce


Brawley Chamber of Commerce

Brea Chamber of Commerce

Brookfield Residential

Building Industry Association of Baldy View

Building Industry Association of Fresno/Madera Counties

Building Industry Association of Greater Valley

Building Industry Association of LA/Ventura Counties

Building Industry Association of Orange County

Building Industry Association of Riverside County

Building Industry Association of San Diego County

Building Industry Association of Southern California

Building Industry Association of the Bay Area

Building Industry Association of Tulare/Kings Counties

Building Owners and Managers Association of California

CADO Real Estate Group

Calaveras County Taxpayers Association

California Apartment Association

California Building Industry Association

California Business Properties Association

California Business Roundtable

California Chamber of Commerce

California Construction & Industrial Materials Association

California Contract Cities

California Council for Affordable Housing

California Framing Contractors Association

California Geotechnical Engineering Association

California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

California Infill Federation

California Land Title Association

California Manufacturers &
Technology Association

California Mortgage Bankers Association

California Nevada Cement Association

California Taxpayer Protection Committee

California Taxpayers Association

California Taxpayers Coalition

Camarillo Chamber of Commerce

Capital Lumber

CenCal Pacific

Central City Association of Los Angeles

Central Coast Taxpayers Association

Ceres Chamber of Commerce

Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce

Charles Woodson Company

Chelsea Investment Corporation

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce

Chowchilla District Chamber of Commerce

City of Mission Viejo

City of Rancho Cucamonga

City of West Covina

Claremont Chamber of Commerce

Community Housing Opportunities Corporation

Concordia Homes

Contra Costa Taxpayers Association

Cornerstone Communities

Coronado Stone

County of San Bernardino

Culver City Chamber of Commerce

Dahlin Group

Desert Valley Builders Association

Dinuba Chamber of Commerce

East Bay Rental Housing Association

El Centro Chamber of Commerce

El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

El Dorado County Joint Chambers Commission

El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce

Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce

Emerald Site Services, Inc.

Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Expertise on Demand

Family Business Association of California

Fiber Care Baths Inc.

Florence-Firestone/Walnut Park Chamber of Commerce

Folsom Chamber of Commerce

Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce

Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce

Fresno County Farm Bureau

Fullerton Assoication of Concerned Taxpayers

Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce

Gateway Chambers Alliance

Glendora Chamber of Commerce

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce

Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce

Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce

Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco

Home Building Association of Kern County

Home Building Association of the Central Coast

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

Independent Roofing Contractors of California

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Inland Empire Latino Coalition

Innovative Structural Engineering

International Council of Shopping Centers

JNM Company, Commercial Real Estate

KCM Group

Kern County Farm Bureau

Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Kern County Taxpayers Association

KWC Engineers

Lake County Chamber of Commerce

Land Concern Landscape Architecture

Land Development Consultants

Latin American & Caribbean Business Chamber of Commerce

Lemoore District Chamber of Commerce

Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce

Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau

Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Los Altos Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Manteca Chamber of Commerce

MCM Construction

Meritage Homes

MLC Holdings, Inc.

Mr. C’s Towing

Murrieta Chamber of Commerce

NAIOP of California, Commercial Real Estate Development Association

National Association of Minority Contractors – Southern California Chapter

National Federation of Independent Business – California

Newport National Corporation

Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce of Northern California

North of the River Chamber of Commerce

North Orange County Chamber of Commerce

North State Building Industry Association

North Valley Property Owners

NOVA Services

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

Orange County Association of Realtors

Orange County Business Council

Orange County Taxpayers Association

Oxnard Chamber of Commerce

Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce

Paradigm Engineering Group

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association

Patel Burica & Associates, Inc.

Placer County Taxpayers Association

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce

Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association of California

Porterville Chamber of Commerce

Raimondo & Associates

Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce

Regional Chamber of Commerce San Gabriel Valley

Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Long Beach

Roseville Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

San Diego County Apartment Association

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

San Diego Tax Fighters

San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce

San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

Santa Barbara Rental Property Association

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce

Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

Skyhook Stairs & Rails

Solano County Taxpayers Association

South Gate Chamber of Commerce

South Orange County Economic Coalition

Southwest California Legislative

Surety Associates of Southern California

Sutter County Taxpayers Association

Symons Fire Protection, Inc.

TentMakers Inc.

The Business Council, Inc.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region

The ConAm Group

The Industrial Council of the City of Commerce

The Silicon Valley Organization

The True Life Companies

Tim Lewis Communities

Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce

Tulare Chamber of Commerce

Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce

Urika Center for Policy Research

Valley Industry & Commerce Association

Veterans Affordable Home Ownership Program

Veterans Housing Alliance

Visalia Chamber of Commerce

Warmington Residential

Weeks & Falcone Construction, Inc.

West Coast Drywall & Paint

West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Western Electrical Contractors Association

Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association

Winnetka Chamber of Commerce

Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce

Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce

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CARE Housing is currently focused on opposing Mandated Prevailing Wage, which would push millions of Californians further down the housing ladder. Please oppose Mandated Prevailing Wage!