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The San Diego Union-Tribune has joined major newspapers from across California in opposing Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure going before voters Nov. 3. “Rent control is the wrong way to help Californians struggling with housing,” says the editorial, titled No on Prop. 21: Expanding rent control will make California housing crisis worse. “Lawmakers who are juggling a lot during this pandemic need to not lose sight of that. The long-term solution is listening to experts and building new houses.” At this point, almost every major California newspaper has editorialized against Proposition 21. Like its predecessor Prop 10, Prop… Read More

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Next week marks the return of California’s premier event for landlords, property managers, and developers wanting to make a difference in the state’s homelessness crisis. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, members of the rental housing industry are invited to take part in the third annual California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness, Housing Outreach Partnership announced. The event is being hosted by the Income Property Association of Kern, which is a Bakersfield-area chapter of the California Apartment Association. Due to COVID-19, the event will be held via Zoom. Event registration is free and open on eventbrite.com at this link. The event brings landlords… Read More

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The CAA-led campaign to defeat Proposition 21 has released its second TV commercial aimed at keeping extreme forms of rent control out of California. The 30-second ad from Californians for Responsible Housing features Col. Lou Carmona of Rancho Murieta, a retired U.S. Army pilot who served 32 years in the Army before retiring as a colonel in 2018. Carmona deployed to Bosnia in the late 1990s and did three tours in Iraq/Afghanistan/Kuwait. He also flew Blackhawk helicopters in the National Guard. “We have so many veterans living on our streets in California. The cost of housing is out of control.… Read More

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With less than six weeks until Election Day, an extreme rent control measure on California’s statewide ballot is failing to muster the support needed to pass, according to a poll released this week. Only 37% of voters are supporting Prop 21, according to a poll released this week by the University of California Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. Mark DiCamillo, the institute’s poll director, told the Los Angeles Times that the measure’s “chances of passage are less than even.” Like Prop 10, Prop 21 is being financed by Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and threatens to bring back… Read More

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Although Culver City approved a rent control ordinance this week, it won’t be quite as stringent as first proposed. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday to approve the ordinance on a first reading. The council is expected to formalize its approval of the ordinance with a second reading Sept. 28, making Culver City one of roughly 20 jurisdictions in California with long-term local rent control laws. Click for chart. CAA also is reviewing a citizens’ ballot measure appearing before voters this November, Measure B, that would require voter approval of rent control.

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Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, along with community groups across the Central Valley, have joined the opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters on Nov. 3 ballot. Fresno Mayor Lee Brand “Prop 21 is the same bad idea the voters rejected in 2018,” Brand said. “It would give unelected rent boards unlimited power to create housing fees that would cripple the industry. Not only would increased fees hurt renters whose pocketbooks have already been hit because of COVID-19, mom and pop landlords who can’t pay their mortgages due to the pandemic would never recover.” Other… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is calling on its members in Culver City to oppose a permanent rent control ordinance up for consideration this coming Monday. If adopted, Culver City’s ordinance would become one of the strictest rent control measures in California. CAA has asked its members in the Los Angeles suburb to send emails to Culver City’s mayor and council detailing the myriad problems with the ordinance. Among other things, the measure would: Peg allowable rent increases to the Consumer Price Index. Establish rent registry requirements annually and upon a new tenancy. Remove owner protections in the for-cause provisions provided… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has issued a letter outlining its opposition to a proposal that would nearly double an annual inspection fee for apartments in the city of Los Angeles. The Housing Department seeks permission from the City Council to raise the code enforcement fee from $43.32 to $81.59 per unit per year.

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Screenshot of actor Troy Dillinger portraying an Army veteran in a Yes on 21 ad. Actual veterans, who are largely opposed to Prop 21, say the ad is misleading and violates the Stolen Valor Act. Early in the election season, more than a dozen veteran groups came out against Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters this fall. So, it raised some eyebrows — and tempers — when the Yes on 21 campaign began running an ad depicting a highly decorated military man promoting a proposition that veterans clearly don’t want. What’s more, the man in… Read More

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The San Francisco Chronicle on Monday urged voters to reject Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure on California’s Nov. 3 ballot. With the Chronicle’s editorial, nearly every major newspaper in the state has now opposed the measure. The editorial notes that “the case for rent control, overwhelmingly rejected by experts and refuted by research, might have seemed unlikely to grow weaker. And yet it has.” The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board points to the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 10, the nearly identical measure overwhelmingly rebuffed by voters in 2018. “In the two years since Californians rejected the last attempt… Read More

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