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The California Apartment Association is gearing up for another campaign to keep radical forms of rent control out of California. Once again, anti-housing crusader Michael Weinstein is using the initiative process in an attempt to resurrect the radical rent control policies of the 1970s – policies that would place homes further out of reach for seniors and working families and exacerbate California’s homelessness crisis. At a series of rallies Thursday, Weinstein and other tenant activists announced they had enough signatures to qualify their latest radical rent control measure for the November 2020 ballot.

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Refusing to bow to pressure from a splinter group of tenant advocates, the Sacramento City Council ignored demands to place a rent control and “just cause” initiative on the March 3, 2020, primary election ballot. The initiative, known as the Sacramento Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment, already qualified to be placed on a future ballot. It’s up to the City Council to determine whether the measure will appear on the ballot of the next primary, general or special election. The registrar of voters set a Dec. 6 deadline for the City Council to approve placing an initiative on… Read More

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Rental owners and property managers in the city of Sacramento are focused on complying with AB 1482 as well as the Tenant Protection and Relief Act passed by the Sacramento City Council. However, they should not forget about the local rent control and “just cause” initiative that already qualified for the ballot in 2020. In October 2018, the registrar of voters certified that a coalition of tenant and labor activists, including ACCE and SEIU, had submitted enough signatures for the initiative to be placed on a future ballot. The coalition intended for the initiative to appear on the November 2018… Read More

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The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday decided to place its own measure before voters seeking changes to the city’s rent control ordinance. The measure, approved on a 5-2 vote, will appear on the March 2020 ballot and would change the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act in several ways. Here are key highlights of what the measure would do:

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The Mountain View City Council is eyeing a potential ballot measure that would make changes to the city’s rent control law.   It’s unclear, however, what changes would be included in the potential measure – and whether they could make the city’s rent control ordinance even worse.   City staff has suggested the council might explore asking voters to bolster its rent control law with a rent registry, vacancy control for landlord-caused tenancy terminations, new noticing requirements, and possible limits on how housing providers share utility costs with renters. 

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A coalition led by CAA — including  local businesses, the real estate sector, homeowners and other community members – has qualified a referendum on El Cerrito’s “just cause” for eviction ordinance. To qualify the referendum, petitioners needed to submit 1,631 valid voter signatures to El Cerrito’s city clerk. On Thursday, the Contra County registrar of voters confirmed the success of that effort, counting 1,993 valid signatures.

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A statewide rent control measure targeted for 2020 would likely drive rental units from the market, decrease apartment property values, and possibly diminish annual tax revenues by tens of millions of dollars or more.  Those were some of the predictions this week from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office. The nonpartisan fiscal and policy adviser published an analysis Monday of the potential impacts of Michael Weinstein’s Rental Affordability Act, or as some are calling it, Proposition 10 2.0.  The proposition is Weinstein’s latest attempt to return extreme forms of rent control to California through the statewide initiative process. Weinstein’s previous bid for radical rent control — Proposition 10 — failed miserably at the polls this past November.  The proposed statewide ballot measure would allow cities and counties to… Read More

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California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office today released a report predicting that Michael Weinstein’s Rental Affordability Act, or Proposition 10 2.0, would exacerbate the state’s chronic housing shortage by leading rental property owners to remove units from the market.  The proposition is Weinstein’s latest attempt to return extreme forms of rent control to California through the statewide initiative process. Weinstein’s previous bid for radical rent control — Proposition 10 — failed miserably at the polls this past November. The proposed statewide ballot measure would allow cities and counties to impose rent control on buildings after they turn 15 years old. Under… Read More

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Tenant activists are again attempting to place a rent control measure before voters in Pasadena. Rent control proponents last month announced they would attempt to qualify an initiative for the November 2020 ballot. Although the measure currently lacks details, tenant activists hope to cap rents at the rate of inflation and include a “just cause” eviction policy in the measure, according to LAist. The Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition is behind the latest effort. The coalition includes five groups: the Pasadena Tenants Union; Socialist Scientists of Pasadena; Affordable Housing Services; American Civil Liberties Union—Southern California; and the Democratic Socialists of America… Read More

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Less than six months after Proposition 10 went down in crushing defeat, Michael Weinstein is again attempting to return extreme forms of rent control to California, a move that would decimate the supply of housing for California’s working families. On Friday, Weinstein filed preliminary paperwork with the state attorney general to place another statewide initiative before voters, aiming for the 2020 ballot. According to initial paperwork filed with California Attorney General’s Office, the new initiative seeks to create the Rental Affordability Act. Under this measure, cities and counties would be free to impose rent control on buildings after they turn… Read More

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