The California Apartment Association next week expects to launch a signature-gathering effort to stop Santa Ana from imposing what would become the state’s most restrictive rent control law. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Santa Ana City Council is expected to formally adopt rent control and “just cause” for eviction ordinances modeled after the draconian policies in Santa Monica and San Francisco, with the measures slated to take effect in early November.  The council granted preliminary approval of the ordinances on Sept. 21. 

To stop the implementation, petitioners will need to collect 12,500 signatures from registered voters – and do so within 30 days of the ordinances being ratified.  


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