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Renowned economist, Dr. Christopher Thornberg, founding partner at Beacon Economics, presents an economic outlook during CAA’s Orange County Outlook event. A copy of Dr. Thornberg’s presentation slides can be downloaded HERE.

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Costa Mesa has become the latest city in Orange County to launch a rental assistance program to help tenants affected by COVID-19. The California Apartment Association helped the city of Costa Mesa with the effort, which won City Council approval on Oct. 6. “I commend Mayor Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa City Council, and Assistant City Manager Susan Price for putting this program together,” said Victor Cao, local vice president of public affairs for CAA. “This is much-needed relief for both tenants and independent rental owners.” In addition to its work in Costa Mesa, CAA has partnered with Anaheim, Irvine and… Read More

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Tenant activists have again failed to collect enough signatures to place a rent control measure before voters in the city of Santa Ana. On Monday, Tenants United Santa Ana turned in 2,400 signatures at City Hall — far shy of the 10,909 valid voter signatures required to qualify the initiative for the Nov. 3 ballot. Rent control proponents blamed the failure on the coronavirus, saying it prevented petitioners from going door-to-door, the Orange County Register reported. “Time and time again, it’s abundantly clear that voters do not believe rent control will solve the housing shortage,” said Victor Cao, CAA’s vice… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has challenged the city of Santa Ana and Contra Costa County for violating the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Both jurisdictions, citing tenant hardships caused by COVID-19, imposed bans on rent increases, however, these prohibitions conflict with state law. The Santa Ana rent freeze applies to all tenants and all housing, regardless of housing type or age. The Contra Costa County ban failed to exempt newer units, which is a required under Costa-Hawkins. These moves violate Costa-Hawkins, which prohibits local governments from imposing rent control on single-family homes and condominiums and on apartments built after 1995.… Read More

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An overflow crowd gathered outside City Hall during last week’s Westminster City Council meeting. After hearing from the California Apartment Association, the Westminster City Council decided last week to steer clear of rent control policies. The topic of capping rents came up during the city’s Aug. 14 meeting, which included eight hours of testimony from over 100 speakers. The council also received this staff report on rent control, which highlights the legal and administrative risks of the policy for the city of 91,564.

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A California Apartment Association-led business coalition this week defeated a pair of rent control ordinances proposed for the city of Anaheim.   Early Wednesday, after meeting for more than 12 hours, the council rejected both measures on a 5-2 vote.  The ordinances threatened to cap rent increases at 5% plus the rate of inflation for at least six months, time the city would have used researching permanent rent control policies.  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director (916) 449-6426, mnemeth@caanet.org IRVINE — The California Apartment Association has expanded its government advocacy team in Southern California with the hiring of public policy veteran Victor Cao. Cao, who began Monday as CAA’s vice president of public affairs for Orange County, replaces Matthew Buck, who is now overseeing the association’s broadened public affairs work in Los Angeles County. Cao was previously chief of staff for Lisa Bartlett, chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and representative for the Fifth District. In this position, Cao led several public policy initiatives throughout Orange County… Read More

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Southern California landlords can soon receive increased rebates for installing high-efficiency toilets in qualifying apartments. The boosted rebates are part of an 18-month pilot program from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The program, which begins Monday, March 18, aims to replace 10,000 toilets in older multifamily housing and significantly increase water conservation in the region’s disadvantaged communities. The district’s rebate will grow from $40 to $250 for premium high-efficiency models. To qualify, the toilets (1.1 gallons per flush or less) must be installed in apartments built before 1994. Pre- and post-inspections required. Metropolitan is also providing $1.5 million… Read More

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Employing a new law supported by CAA, the Newsom Administration has sued a Southern California city for allegedly stifling the production of low-income housing. On Jan. 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his approval of legal action against Huntington Beach, claiming that the city in Orange County has squelched the construction of affordable housing while also refusing to meet regional housing needs. “The state doesn’t take this action lightly,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in this news release. “The huge housing costs and sky-high rents are eroding quality of life for families across this state. California’s housing crisis is an existential threat… Read More

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Tenant activists have again fallen short in their quest to put rent control before voters in Santa Ana. On Monday, Tenants United Santa Ana submitted several boxes of petitions to the city clerk. It didn’t take long, however, for city officials to determine the petitions were lacking. Tenant advocates needed to file at least 9,854 signatures but submitted only 9,299.

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