News: Local government


In this month’s election, the California Apartment Association’s efforts helped elect candidates to the state Legislature and to city councils who understand the challenges facing the rental housing industry and who will work on balanced, pragmatic solutions to the state’s housing crisis. And, voters overwhelmingly rejected onerous ballot measures that would have restricted the ability to build and maintain affordable homes. Through its political action committees, including CAAPAC, the association backed candidates for state Assembly and state Senate, as well as for local offices across California, who support the rental housing industry and understand the vital role it plays in… Read More


The California Apartment Association has expanded its Southern California government affairs team to bring greater representation to rental housing providers in South Los Angeles County. Earlier this month, CAA named Frederick Sutton as vice president of public affairs for Long Beach and more than 20 other municipalities in L.A. County. Sutton, who started on Jan. 16, brings a wealth of experience representing rental housing providers.

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As we plunge into 2016, the California Apartment Association is building on a strong foundation of government affairs victories from the past 12 months, both at the state and local levels. To help put the year gone-by in perspective, CAA’s public affairs team has selected the following successes as the Association’s Top 10 Legislative Victories of 2015. Many of the issues described below will remain important topics in the year to come. Read more about CAA’s forecast for 2016 here. In 2015, CAA proudly: 1. Led a petition drive to overturn Richmond rent control ordinance The Richmond City Council —… Read More


Nearly 400 people gathered last month for Tapped & Uncorked, an event that celebrated a year full of achievements by CAA Greater Inland Empire. The second annual event came to the Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, Nov. 12. Jennifer Halstead of Alliance Residential offered enthusiastic opening remarks, welcoming her fellow members of the Greater Inland Empire advisory board and introducing CAA IE’s executive director, Tim Johnson. “This is what it’s all about, coming together as one,” Johnson told the audience. “We’re strengthening our industry through one shared voice. Participating in our events and being engaged fuels CAA Greater Inland Empire’s… Read More

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Enjoying an Old World Wines theme, more than 150 attendees of this year’s CORK & SAND event got to sip wine from Italy, France and Spain while gazing at the Pacific Ocean on a beautiful evening in Santa Monica. It all happened April 16 at the Annenberg Beach House, where the California Apartment Association held  its annual fundraiser for CAA LA’s Political Action Committee. The committee helps CAA elect business-friendly officials who understand the importance of the rental housing industry to L.A.’s economy. The fundraiser also provides CAA the financial capacity to defend the apartment business against unnecessary and onerous… Read More

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After hearing from about 20 landlords about the pitfalls of rent control, San Mateo County supervisors Tuesday expressed unease regarding the policy. While reluctant to pursue this approach, supervisors stopped short of scrapping the idea, asking staff to return with more information on how rent control works. In the meantime, the board will explore more sensible methods to boost housing affordability, including ideas supported by the California Apartment Association. Related content: San Mateo County supervisors deal blow to rent control hopes (Daily Democrat) Rent control enthusiasm low: San Mateo County supervisors support other proposals to address housing crisis (The Daily… Read More

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Huntington Beach officials on Monday rejected a moratorium on apartment development along an important stretch of the city. The City Council voted 4-2, with one abstention, against halting apartment construction in the Beach-Edinger Corridor Specific Plan. The council, however, directed staff to reduce the number of units that can be developed along the Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue corridors. “This is a reasonable direction considering the alternative,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director of the California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division. “This vote came after a successful advocacy effort on the part of CAA and our coalition partners.” Related content: Opinion:… Read More

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The cities of Redlands and Moreno Valley have recently warned local businesses to be watchful for fraudulent fire inspectors. Opportunists are always present, but never so much as when the economy is struggling. Fire departments throughout  the Inland Empire and the rest of California have indicated an increase of both individuals and fire protection companies posing in official-looking clothing and performing questionable “inspections” in local businesses. These fraudulent individuals will disguise themselves as fire department representatives and request to perform a fire protection inspection. After these false inspections, businesses typically receive an invoice for services that are allegedly performed. The… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has received more time to help fix a rental-inspection program that would cost West Covina landlords exorbitant and unnecessary fees. The City Council had been scheduled to review the item Tuesday, Jan. 21, but postponed the hearing so that CAA can propose changes that would protect responsible property owners. As written, the mandatory program would charge a $71 registration fee, $41 base fee, and an $18-per-unit fee annually to have rental properties inspected by the city’s code enforcement agency. “The proposed ordinance would have increased costs by thousands of dollars annually for CAA members,” said Beverly… Read More

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