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A bill that threatens to undermine a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s rental housing business stalled Tuesday in its first committee hearing. The Senate Transportation and Housing Committee voted 6 to 5 against SB 364 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco. Leno requested and was granted reconsideration, meaning it’s still possible that he’ll get the necessary six yes votes to advance the bill to the Judiciary Committee. The bill, opposed by the California Apartment Association during Tuesday’s hearing, takes aim at the Ellis Act, landmark legislation passed in 1985 that bars local governments from making property owners stay in… Read More

Tagged: San Francisco Apartment Association

Laughter, applause — even some hoots and hollers — reverberated in the Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday night. The source? The California Apartment Association’s first Tapped & Uncorked event, where more than 300 rental housing professionals received a well-deserved evening of proud reflection and fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSUATT0ML9M After all, 2014 has brimmed with political and philanthropic achievements in the Inland Empire. Before sending attendees to dance, network and sample regional wines and craft beers, the Association addressed some cheerful-but-important business. CAA officially announced the division’s new name, honored its legislator of the year and thanked members for a year of victories… Read More

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As Election Day quickly approached, about 30 rental housing professionals gathered for the inaugural Pints for PAC event Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Creek Monkey Tap House in Martinez. The evening included beer tasting, food pairing and exceptional networking. Pints for PAC attracted a wide range of attendees, from industry partners to reps from large property management companies to an independent rental owner with three units. Political Action Committee events help raise critical funds to defeat proposals harmful to the rental housing industry. Dollars raised at PAC events also support candidates who advocate for the multifamily housing business. Nancy Pullen… Read More

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In the legislative arena, 2014 brought plenty of victories for the California Apartment Association. Over the past year, CAA fought some hard battles to move bills out of the Legislature and onto the governor’s desk. For the most part, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed with CAA in 2014, signing a number of bills that will help further the success of the rental housing industry. Brown also signed a couple of bills that triggered CAA’s opposition. Read on to find out how laws borne out of the 2014 legislative session will affect you and your business.   Signed by the governor AB… Read More

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A California Apartment Association political-action event last month raised nearly $200,000 – critical funds going into the November elections. The contributions received from sponsors and members at CAA Tri-County’s 12 annual Beyond the Vine political-action committee fundraiser nearly doubled last year’s total.  Proceeds from the event will help CAA defend the rental housing industry this November in numerous high-stakes elections throughout the Silicon Valley. CAA held Beyond the Vine on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Villa Montalvo in Saratoga. “The historic setting was appropriate for a political event as it was the home of California’s first-elected U.S. senator, James Phelan,”… Read More

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will likely boost the use of recycled water in apartment communities. Under AB 2282 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, the state must adopt mandatory building standards for installing recycled water systems. When adopted, these standards will apply to newly constructed commercial and public buildings and single and multifamily homes that are near existing or planned water-recycling facilities. A 2009 study indicates that 51 out of California’s 58 counties recycle municipal waste water, according to a bill analysis. “In several cities, recycled water has been approved for irrigation and other non- potable… Read More

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In 2014, the California Apartment Association helped kill a host of bad bills that would have, among other things, undermined the Ellis Act and encouraged jury trials in eviction disputes. And while CAA largely succeeded during the legislative session, a couple of bad bills made it to the governor’s desk.The fight continues – see our links to letters — as CAA and a broad coalition of business interests encourage Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the following two bills: Faulty legislation on the governor’s desk AB 1897 (D-Hernandez) – Labor: Client Liability: This bill would imposes strict liability on an employer… Read More

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A number of positive bills for the rental housing industry await Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval after the 2014 legislative session came to a close this past weekend. The California Apartment Association helped push a variety of sensible legislation to the governor’s desk, such as a bill that clarifies that leases can be signed electronically, one that streamlines the approval process for water submeters and another that expedites the removal of squatters. Here’s a sampling of CAA’s successes in advancing positive bills: AB 2451 (Daly, D-Anaheim) – Water Submeters: This bill, co-sponsored by the CAA and the Utility Management and Conservation… Read More

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Under a bill that threatens to cripple California businesses, workers with wage disputes — but no evidence to support their claims — could record liens on the real property of landlords and other employers. AB 2416 by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey, awaits consideration in the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it faces opposition from the California Apartment Association, as well as hundreds of business owners and other industry groups. The scope of AB 2416 goes far beyond grievances over hourly pay. It would allow liens for disputes regarding overtime, meal and rest periods, vacation and commissions, and more. The bill also… Read More

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Halfway through 2014, California lawmakers are a week into their summer recess. You can probably picture it: Legislators back home, updating constituents at town hall meetings and Rotary luncheons, talking up bills they authored, stumped for and stomped down. At the California Apartment Association, we’re as eager as anyone to talk about our continued successes during the past six months in Sacramento. With guidance from CAA’s Legislative Steering Committee, CAA analyzed and lobbied for or against more than 70 bills that could help or hurt the rental housing industry. As you’ll see below, we have had great success stopping the… Read More

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