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In the November election, Santa Rosa voters have an opportunity to boost affordable housing while speeding the city’s recovery from last year’s devastating wildfires. Last fall, the fires in Northern California’s Wine Country eviscerated 6,000 homes in Santa Rosa alone. “Couple that with a statewide housing crisis of epic proportions, and Santa Rosa finds itself in dire need of additional housing supply,” said Alex Khalfin, CAA’s vice president of public affairs for the North Bay region. “While we can debate how this problem should or shouldn’t be solved, one fact remains clear — something must be done.” Enter Measure N… Read More

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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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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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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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Tenant activists in the city of Santa Rosa have filed signatures in hopes of qualifying what would become the city’s second rent control measure in less than two years. Last week, the North Bay Organizing Project submitted  11,565 signatures on their petition to qualify a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure for the city’s Nov. 6 ballot. That submission kicked off a 30-day review period for the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters to verify at least 8,985 of the signatures are valid to qualify the initiative. The California Apartment Association and North Bay Association of Realtors are committed to… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is turning to its members for help thwarting what could become Santa Rosa’s second rent control measure in 17 months. Less than one year after voters rejected rent control in Santa Rosa, the North Bay Organizing Project and a group of local activists are collecting signatures in hopes of placing an even more burdensome rent control “just cause” eviction ordinance on the November 2018 ballot. The group has until late June to collect over 8,500 signatures to get their proposed law on the November ballot. “We are dismayed that the North Bay Organizing Project is rushing… Read More

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Less than a year after voters rejected rent control in Santa Rosa, tenant activists are attempting to return the issue to the ballot box. Efforts are now underway to qualify a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure for city’s the November 2018 ballot. Spearheading the initiative campaign is the North Bay Organizing Project, which needs to collect at least 8,985 valid signatures from registered Santa Rosa voters by July 6 to qualify the measure for this fall’s general election. The proposed measure, accessible here, would limit rent increases to the inflation rate, impose strict eviction controls, establish strict guidelines… Read More

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The Santa Rosa City Council scrubbed a scheduled vote on eviction controls this week, citing a conflict of interest among three council members. The council Tuesday took no action on a proposed urgency ordinance that would have immediately imposed just-cause eviction regulations in the city.

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Update: The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 12, formally adopted a mandatory mediation program to handle disputes over rent increases.

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