In response to a CAA-led referendum, the El Cerrito City Council on Wednesday night repealed its “just cause” for eviction ordinance, a move that will prevent a costly election and keep a destructive housing policy off the books.  

The decision came on a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto dissenting.

The council initially passed the just cause eviction law in May on a 3-2 vote. CAA immediately sponsored a referendum to overturn the decision and collected nearly 2,000 signatures from El Cerrito registered voters to do so.

It is commonly known that just cause makes it more difficult to evict problem tenants, which has a negative impact on good renters living in the same community.

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