The Burbank city clerk has rejected a rent control initiative targeted for the fall  because tenant activists failed to include legally required wording on their petition and in a newspaper notice.

In April, rent control proponents submitted signatures to the city. The city clerk, however, discovered that the petitions failed to include the complete notice of intent to circulate or the statement of reasons. The same omissions occurred in the notice of intent published in the Burbank Leader.

“I am hereby rejecting each and every Initiative Petition Section submitted to my office on April 13, 2020,” the city clerk, Zizette Mullins, wrote to the Burbank Tenants’ Rights Committee. “As the Elections Official, it is my obligation to ensure that the voters were presented with a complete Petition package as required by the Elections Code when being requested to sign the Petition.”