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
Despite opposition from CAA, a pair of “just cause” for eviction bills advanced this week from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bills, AB 1481 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and AB 1697 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, have now gone to the Assembly floor. Both Grayson’s and Bonta’s proposals would limit evictions to certain causes, such as failure to pay rent, a substantial breach of the lease, or use of the property for illegal activity. Proving criminal activity, however, often requires testimony from third‐party witnesses who may be reluctant to come forward.
Debra Carlton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs, testifies against AB 1482. Photos by Bob Knapik A bill that would apply rent control and price-gouging protections statewide advanced today from its first committee hearing, while a second rent control proposal stalled amid strong opposition from CAA. Assemlyman David Chiu The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development approved AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, the committee chairman, on a 6 to 1 vote with one abstention.
A pair of bills that would greatly expand rent control in California will get their first test in the state Legislature next week. On Thursday, April 25, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development will hold special hearings on AB 1482, which would apply rent control to every unit in California, and AB 36, which would weaken California’s Costa-Hawkins Act, allowing cities and counties to expand local rent control laws to single-family homes and newer construction.
When Proposition 10 went down in defeat, the rental housing industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. Now, nearly four months after voters overwhelmingly rejected the statewide rent control initiative, a collective gasp may be in order. The California Legislature — where Democrats now hold a super majority in both houses — has introduced hundreds of rental housing-related bills for 2019, the largest such batch in decades. Unfortunately, an alarming number of those proposals would have negative ramifications on rental housing providers. In the paragraphs that follow, we review some of the worst offenders:
California’s new governor is taking a multi-pronged approach to the state’s housing crisis that would remove barriers to construction, add financial incentives for cities and counties to build, and bring heftier penalties to those that don’t build their fair share. In total, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget includes $7.7 billion across multiple departments and programs to address housing and homelessness issues across the state.
In California, last week’s gubernatorial election proved to be a complete rebuke of President Trump’s agenda, with Democrats winning significantly at every level of state government. Democrats swept all statewide offices and won numerous Congressional, state Senate and Assembly seats. Motivated voters turned out to the polls in higher-than-usual numbers, helping push Democrats across the finish line in several close contests.
The California Apartment Association provided testimony this week about the role of NIMBYism in the high cost of housing for the middle class. Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs at CAA, told an Assembly Select Committee on Monday about how NIMBY groups — short for Not in My Backyard — leverage environmental-impact reviews and the California Environmental Quality Act to delay projects. “The costs — when you’re stuck in the EIR process or the CEQA process — can add over a million dollars just in delays alone,” Carlton said. “And I think that we know that the locals… Read More
A CAA-sponsored bill that would raise the voter threshold for approving no-growth measures continued to advance through the Senate this week. AB 943 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, Passed the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday on a 6-1 vote. The bill next heads to the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, where it is scheduled for a hearing on July 12.
Some novel approaches to tackling California’s housing crisis are continuing to gain traction in the state Legislature this year. Take AB 73 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. This bill, supported by the California Apartment Association, would incentivize local governments to zone for more housing.