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Taking a cue from the voters of Santa Rosa, the City Council this week backed away from a proposal to explore a rent control ordinance.

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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 14, will convene a special workshop focused on finding ways to increase the supply of affordable housing. Council members at the session will examine possible funding sources that could bolster the city’s Housing Trust Fund, which now has just $2.5 million, or enough to subsidize about 15 units. Staff will also present ideas for how to speed the construction of more affordable housing by reducing parking requirements, expediting project reviews, waiving fees, and other steps.

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Tenant activists in Glendale this week turned in less than half of the signatures required to place a rent control measure before city voters, prompting the city clerk to reject the initiative. Rent control proponents on Monday submitted 3,988 signatures but needed 10,529 to trigger the signature-verification stage for the proposed ballot measure. “The CA Elections Code requires a specific number of minimum signatures for us to move ahead to the next steps of this process,” Ardy Kassakhian, the city clerk, said in a news release. “The initiators of this effort did not meet that threshold, and therefore this specific… Read More

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After a petition to put rent control on the November ballot in Santa Rosa failed to qualify last week, several elected officials are ready to discuss passing their own ordinance at City Hall. The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 7, is scheduled to discuss the possible adoption of a city-drafted rent control ordinance. The California Apartment Association is calling on members to attend the meeting and voice their opposition. “Your voice is needed to tell the City Council to focus on real solutions to rebuild Santa Rosa and stop wasting time on policies that are proven to fail,”… Read More

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A petition to put rent control on the November ballot in Santa Rosa has failed to qualify. On Friday, the Santa Rosa city clerk announced that the petition fell short of the required number of valid signatures needed to place the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. To qualify the initiative, tenant advocates needed to submit 8,985 valid voter signatures. City officials, however, could confirm the validity of only 7,895, leading the city clerk to deem the petition insufficient. “Clearly this is exciting news and a victory in our ongoing efforts to keep rent control out of Santa Rosa,” said… Read More

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Los Angeles County supervisors have pulled a temporary rent control ordinance from next week’s meeting agenda. Supervisors had been scheduled to consider a moratorium on rent increases over 3 percent in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, however, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl had the item removed from Tuesday’s lineup. Rather than enacting a rent freeze, the supervisor has decided to bring the proposal back to city staff and is expecting a report in the coming weeks. The California Apartment Association has been mobilizing members to oppose the temporary rent cap.   [/restrict]

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At the request of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, the Sacramento City Council is expected to discuss tenant protections, such as rent control and tenancy-termination restrictions, as well as ways to increase funding and streamline the permitting process for construction of affordable housing. CAA members are encouraged to attend the hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 14. In an editorial published by the Sacramento Bee, the mayor outlined a proposal he intends to present to the City Council. While lacking specifics, his general intent is to cap rent increases at 5 percent when vacancy rates are low; require owners to state… Read More

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Although a rent control measure could be headed for the Nov. 6 ballot in Santa Rosa, a movement on the City Council is afoot to explore a rent control ordinance at City Hall as well. On Tuesday, the council was scheduled to discuss a potential rent control ordinance, spurring members of the California Apartment Association to attend the meeting to voice their opposition. The mayor ultimately pulled the item from the agenda, and it is unclear whether the council will revisit it. Talk of a possible rent control ordinance from the City Council comes as election officials count and verify… Read More

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Rent control proponents announced this week that they have suspended their signature-gathering campaign in Long Beach. Housing Long Beach, the group that was collecting signatures, initially attempted to qualify its rent control measure for the Nov. 6 ballot, but it missed its June 1 deadline to submit more than the 27,000 signatures required to qualify. The group then set its sights on submitting the signatures by the next deadline, July 30, in hopes of qualifying the measure for the March 2020 election. Although cutoff to submit signatures is still a couple weeks away, Housing Long Beach has pulled the plug… Read More

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Time has run out for signature gatherers to qualify a rent control initiative for the November 2018 ballot in the city of Sacramento. However, the Housing 4 Sacramento coalition, which includes the Alliance for Californians for Community Engagement and Service Employees International Union, continues to collect signatures with hopes of meeting the Sept. 4 deadline to qualify the charter amendment for the next general election, which comes in 2020. “We suspect they just were unable to collect the required number of signatures by the deadline,” said CAA Senior Vice President Jim Lofgren. “Now let’s hope we can shift our focus… Read More

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