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In Southern California, a majority of the local candidates supported by the California Apartment Association’s Political Action Committee emerged victorious in the June primary. South Bay —  Long Beach and Torrance In Long Beach, CAAPAC-supported City Council incumbents Stacy Mungo and Roberto Uranga won their primary run-off races for the District 5 and District 7 seats, respectively. Long Beach is not only a priority because of its considerable amount of rental housing, but for its regional significance — being the second largest city in Los Angeles County and the seventh largest city in the state. The city is also fighting… 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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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.

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Tenant activists are again trying to place a rent control measure before voters in Glendale. The Glendale Tenants Union on Tuesday submitted paperwork to place a rent control ordinance on the city’s November 2018 ballot. Before signature gathering begins, the city must issue a title and summary for the initiative. The city has 15 days to do so.

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With the help of the California Apartment Association, landscapers in Palm Springs can continue to use electric and battery-powered leaf blowers in the city — good news for rental property owners wanting to keep their communities looking sharp. The City Council on Wednesday considered banning all types of leaf blowers but decided on a 3-2 vote only to prohibit gas-powered models, phasing them out by 2019. CAA opposed prohibiting any type of leaf blower in the city. “Such a ban would add significant costs towards maintaining rental housing,” Ben Benoit, vice president of CAA in the Inland Empire, wrote in… Read More

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ONTARIO — More than 130 rental housing professionals and local elected officials gathered Tuesday for the California Apartment Association’s annual economic forecast for the Greater Inland Empire. This year’s event, held at the DoubleTree, featured economist Jay Prag of Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management, and Michael Cobb, market analyst with CoStar Group. Presenting at his third consecutive CAA economic forecast, Prag offered a thought-provoking lecture on an array of local, state, and national macro-economic issues, explaining how these factors might affect the multifamily housing industry in the coming years. Prag discussed the unintended consequences of a growing minimum… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has named Ben J. Benoit as its new vice president of public affairs in the Greater Inland Empire. Benoit, who began Jan. 3, comes to CAA’s Greater Inland Empire office with a history of service to his community. Benoit has served as a council member for the city of Wildomar and has brought a strong voice to many regional boards. While Benoit’s duties are wide-reaching, he’ll mainly focus on advocating for the rental housing industry within the halls of local government. CAA’s Greater Inland Empire office spans the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside and the eastern… Read More

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In San Bernardino County, District 1 Supervisor Robert Lovingood, a pro-business candidate supported by CAA’s political action committee, became the first incumbent to be re-elected in 20 years. In Riverside County, voters decided to keep Chuck Washington as their District 3 supervisor. Washington had been appointed to the seat by Gov. Jerry Brown. CAA Greater Inland Empire supported Washington, who is keenly aware of the need for high-density housing in Riverside County. In the city of San Bernardino, voters overwhelmingly passed Measure L, which was supported by CAA Greater Inland Empire, the mayor and six of seven council members. Measure… Read More

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ONTARIO — When it comes to the economy, things are neither booming nor busting, says Professor Jay Prag of the Drucker School of Management. Prag and Steve PonTell, chief executive officer and president of National Community Renaissance, spoke at the California Apartment Association’s Professional Property Managers’ Forum on Tuesday, Aug. 9. The CAA Greater Inland Empire event attracted about 80 rental housing professionals to the DoubleTree Ontario Airport. The good news is that Prag disagrees with the opinion of some economists, who are predicting another recession looming in the distance for the U.S. He said that a condition “just isn’t… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has named Matthew Buck as its new executive in the Greater Inland Empire. Buck assumed his new role July 1. Now vice president of public affairs, he previously served CAA members in the region as government affairs director. CAA’s Greater Inland Empire office spans the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside and the eastern region of Los Angeles County. “In his tenure as government affairs director for us the last few years, Buck has proven he’s ready to assume responsibility for CAA’s public affairs operations in the Greater Inland Empire,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of… Read More

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