As reported by Curbed.com, these new fees would go toward paying for additional government resources to oversee, among other things, how much property managers charge their tenants. So, landlords will either have to eat the costs of the new five-figure fee or risk getting in trouble with the Berkeley Town Council for raising rents to cover the new government fee. The circular stupidity is mind boggling.
Please pass the Play Doh.
And thus does a situation come full-circle - from do-gooder alarm at a perfectly natural state of affairs, through the imposition of "equality," to the need for ever-more "government resources" to keep up the illusion of "equality," to the eventual leveling-out of price and demand - back to the natural state in which normal people buy and sell goods and services.
We have a lot of little Venezuelas here in post-America that we can use as warnings not to go down that road on any larger scale.