Effort launched to put rent control on Pasadena ballot


Tenant advocates in Pasadena have filed preliminary paperwork to place rent control on an upcoming city ballot.

In addition to rent control, the proposed initiative would seek just-cause eviction policies in Pasadena and the establishment of a rent board.

Supporters of the measure filed their paperwork with the city Wednesday. It includes a notice to circulate the petition, as well as a 36-page document titled “The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment,” Pasadena Now reported.

The proposed charter amendment would base rent control on the rate of inflation, or the consumer price index, a particularly draconian form of rent control.

The California Apartment Association, which opposes rent control in all forms, will lead a campaign to defeat this proposed charter amendment. CAA also is preparing to defeat a proposed rent control initiative in Long Beach.

Earlier this month, tenant advocates filed preliminary paperwork for the Long Beach initiative, however, the city deemed it incomplete because it lacked the text from the ballot measure as required in the election code. Rent control advocates in Long Beach are expected to refile their paperwork.

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