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An initiative that would bring rent control to the city of Santa Cruz has qualified for November’s ballot. Santa Cruz County election officials confirmed Thursday that the Movement for Housing Justice had filed the necessary 5,661 valid voter signatures to place the measure before voters. The California Apartment Association is fully engaged in a campaign to defeat the measure, which would go further than existing rent control ordinances in Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland. In the event that Costa-Hawkins is repealed, the measure is likely to apply rent control single-family homes. The initiative threatens to: Limit rent increases to the… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is turning to its members for help defeating a rent control initiative that may be headed to Santa Cruz voters this fall. The Movement for Housing Justice has submitted signatures in hopes of qualifying its rent control measure for the November 2018 ballot. The ballot measure goes further than existing rent control ordinances in Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland, as it is likely to include rent control on single-family homes in the event that Costa-Hawkins is repealed. The initiative threatens to: Limit rent increases to the annual inflation rate Impose strict “just cause” eviction rules for… Read More

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A delegation of CAA Sacramento Valley leaders met with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg last week to begin a dialogue on solutions to the city’s affordable housing shortage — and to reiterate that rent control isn’t one of them. Earlier in the week, the mayor had announced his opposition to a proposed initiative that would establish rent control, “just cause” tenancy-termination restrictions, an elected rent board, and a new annual fee on rental properties in the city. Hoping to discourage rent control proponents from proceeding with the initiative, dubbed the “Sacramento Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Charter Amendment,” Steinberg intends to… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is turning to its members for help thwarting what could become Santa Rosa’s second rent control measure in 17 months. Less than one year after voters rejected rent control in Santa Rosa, the North Bay Organizing Project and a group of local activists are collecting signatures in hopes of placing an even more burdensome rent control “just cause” eviction ordinance on the November 2018 ballot. The group has until late June to collect over 8,500 signatures to get their proposed law on the November ballot. “We are dismayed that the North Bay Organizing Project is rushing… Read More

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Pomona has become the latest Southern California city where tenant activists say they haven’t collected enough signatures to qualify a rent control measure for November’s ballot. Tenant activists in Pomona were unable to collect the 6,256 valid voter signatures needed to qualify their measure for the fall election. Signature drives to place rent control before voters this fall also have come up short in Long Beach and Pasadena, while campaigns remain active in Glendale, Santa Ana, Inglewood and National City. The Pomona Housing Stabilization, Fair Rent, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance threatened to create a rent board and cap annual rent… Read More

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Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has announced his opposition to a local ballot measure proposed by tenant advocates that would establish rent control, “just cause” eviction restrictions, an elected rent board, and a new annual fee on rental properties in the city of Sacramento. At the same time, the mayor said he will draft his own ordinance for City Council approval that the California Apartment Association fears will include the same elements as the ballot initiative with only minor modifications. The ordinance could be presented to the City Council as soon as Tuesday, June 19. “CAA applauds the mayor for publicly… Read More

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A proposed rent control measure for Long Beach won’t appear before voters in the fall, but the measure could still qualify for a later election. Housing Long Beach missed its June 1 deadline to submit more than the 27,000 signatures required to qualify the initiative for the city’s November 2018 ballot. Rent control advocates, however, vowed to keep circulating their petition, and if they file the required number of signatures by July 30, the measure could still appear on a later ballot, likely in March 2020. The Housing Long Beach measure would limit annual rent increases to the rate of… Read More

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Rent control activists in National City on Thursday submitted signatures in hopes of placing a rent control measure before voters this November. Signatures filed at City Hall numbered more than 3,500, more than enough to qualify the initiative. The petition must now undergo a signature count and verification process. If enough valid voter signatures were collected, the National City Rent Control and Community Stabilization Ordinance (accessible here) will be officially slated for November’s ballot. The ballot measure would create a rent board funded by annual landlord fees, cap annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation and impose “just… Read More

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Rent control activists in the city of Santa Cruz filed signatures in hopes of qualifying a rent control measure for the November ballot. The Movement for Housing Justice submitted over 10,000 signatures, significantly more than the 5,600 required to qualify the measure. The Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters will now count and check the validity of the signatures, a process that the California Apartment Association will monitor closely. The Santa Cruz initiative would create a rent control board, cap rents based on the Consumer Price Index, and impose “just cause” eviction policies. In February, the Santa Cruz City Council… Read More

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A movement to spread rent control throughout California has now reached the far-eastern portion of Los Angeles County. Tenant activists have begun collecting signatures to place a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure before Ponoma voters this November. A group called Pomona United for Stable Housing is circulating the petition. To place the measure on the ballot, the group needs to collect 6,256 valid voter signatures by the end of this month. The measure, dubbed the Pomona Housing Stabilization, Fair Rent, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, would create a rent board and cap annual rent increases based on the rate… Read More

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