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California’s Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday assigned a proposition number to the extreme rent control measure slated for the Nov. 3 statewide ballot: Proposition 21.  The measure attacks California’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and would  welcome back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s and make California’s housing crisis even worse. Anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein is bankrolling the campaign to pass the measure, using funds from the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, of which he is president. Michael Weinstein Photo by REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Until now, Weinstein’s radical rent control measure has often been referred… Read More

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The city of Sacramento has filed a lawsuit in hopes of keeping a rent control initiative off November’s ballot and holding a tenant activist to her pledge to drop the measure. Like the city, the California Apartment Association opposes the initiative in question. The measure traces back to 2018, when tenant activists attempted to qualify a rent control initiative for the fall election but failed to collect enough signatures by the deadline. They kept circulating their petition, though, and ultimately qualified the initiative for a future ballot, shifting their attention to 2020.

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A campaign committee created by the California Apartment Association today unveiled a website to help defeat a radical rent control measure headed for November’s statewide ballot. The website, Caforresponsiblehousing.org, explains why the extreme rent control measure, nicknamed Prop 10 2.0, is bad for California. It also offers a form that rental property owners can fill out to join the opposition. “There are no protections for renters, seniors, veterans or the disabled, and it has no provision to reduce rents,” says the website, which comes from Californians for Responsible Housing. “For Californians losing jobs and both renters and homeowners who are… Read More

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Owners of rent controlled housing in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will be hit the hardest under newly approved rental registration fees. The annual fees include $90 for buildings covered by the county’s rent control ordinance and $30 on all other buildings. The county Board of Supervisors approved the charges Tuesday, despite opposition from the California Apartment Association. The fees apply in areas of the county that aren’t in any city jurisdictions.

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The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday rejected several items that posed threats to California’s rental housing industry, including a move that would have violated the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. On a 7-6 vote, the council: Rejected an extension of the city’s freeze on rent increases to property shielded from local rent control laws under Costa-Hawkins. The city attorney warned the council that such an action would violate state law. The council also voted against extending the rent freeze to properties covered under Assembly Bill 1482, the statewide rent cap law that went into effect Jan. 1. Rejected an attempt… Read More

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At a “state of housing” event hosted by the California Apartment Association last week, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg doubled down on his opposition to placing a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure on the city ballot. Steinberg also said that AB 1482, the statewide rent cap legislation that took effect Jan. 1, presents a thoughtful approach to preventing price gouging and renter displacement. The mayor was the guest speaker at a CAA issue-briefing breakfast March 6 for a small group of rental owners, property management executives and multifamily developers.

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Michael Weinstein and his AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the organization bankrolling a statewide radical rent control initiative, have been accused of violating multiple political finance laws while campaigning to defeat a major housing-production bill. Earlier today, California YIMBY, which stands for Yes In My Backyard, filed a formal complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Committee. The complaint alleges that Weinstein ignored well-established state reporting requirements in spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose  SB 50 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.  The legislation, which died last month on the Senate floor, would have allowed for expedited housing construction, including… Read More

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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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