CAA ramps up campaign to defeat Costa-Hawkins repeal
Rent control activists submit signatures to qualify initiative
With a Costa-Hawkins repeal measure expected to qualify for November’s ballot, the California Apartment Association has launched a full-fledged campaign to defeat the initiative and prevent extreme rent control from returning to California.
The CAA-led Californians for Responsible Housing has unveiled the “Stop the Housing Freeze” campaign and companion website NoHousingFreeze.org.
The name of the CAA-led anti-repeal campaign and website reflect the certain impact of overturning Costa-Hawkins. Without Costa-Hawkins, cities will apply rent control to single-family homes and new multifamily housing and allow for permanent rent caps, even after changes in tenancy. That sends a message to investors: Do not build in California.
“This ballot measure will pour gasoline on the fire of California’s affordable housing crisis,” said Tom Bannon, CAA’s chief executive officer, as reported in this Sacramento Bee story. “It will do exactly the opposite of what it promises. Instead of helping Californians, it will result in an affordable housing freeze and higher costs.”
The NoHousingFreeze.org website launched Monday as tenant activists said they were submitting more than half-a-million signatures in hopes of placing the measure before voters. It’s now up to county election officials to check whether petitioners met the 365,880 valid-signature threshold. If they did, the Secretary of State will qualify the initiative for November’s ballot.
In addition to submitting signatures on Monday, rent control activists held rallies in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento, generating a great deal of press.
Attending the Los Angeles rally was the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, who said he would “absolutely” consider applying rent control …