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The California Apartment Association has expanded its public affairs and compliance staff to better protect the rental housing industry from legislative threats and to help members navigate a growing number of complicated laws and regulations.   CAA’s new hires include Stephanie Shirkey, senior policy and compliance counsel; Ninder Grewal, policy and compliance counsel; and Victor Cao, vice president of public affairs in Orange County.   Stephanie Shirkey After CAA led the defeat of Proposition 10, the statewide rent control initiative on the November ballot, lawmakers returned with a deluge of negative proposals, including a statewide rent cap on all rental units, statewide… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director (916) 449-6426, mnemeth@caanet.org IRVINE — The California Apartment Association has expanded its government advocacy team in Southern California with the hiring of public policy veteran Victor Cao. Cao, who began Monday as CAA’s vice president of public affairs for Orange County, replaces Matthew Buck, who is now overseeing the association’s broadened public affairs work in Los Angeles County. Cao was previously chief of staff for Lisa Bartlett, chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and representative for the Fifth District. In this position, Cao led several public policy initiatives throughout Orange County… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director (916) 449-6426, mnemeth@caanet.org Less than six months after Proposition 10 went down in crushing defeat, Michael Weinstein is again attempting to bring extreme forms of rent control back to California, a move that would decimate the supply of housing for California’s working-class families. Weinstein’s convoluted proposal takes a counterproductive approach to California’s housing crisis and undermines Gov. Newsom’s pledge to build 3.5 million housing units by 2025. “This past November, California voters of all political stripes rejected Proposition 10 by an overwhelming margin,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of the California Apartment… Read More

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