News: Orange CountyFilter
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
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
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.
Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that will establish the Orange County Housing Trust, a public-private effort that’s expected to finance 2,700 units of “supportive housing” for the homeless. The California Apartment Association supported the bill, AB 448, which was introduced by Assemblymembers Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, and sponsored by the Association of California Cities – Orange County. AB 448 will create a single-purpose joint-powers authority that will serve as convener of all stakeholders and collaborators for the production of supportive housing in Orange County. The bill represents a bipartisan effort to tackle Orange County’s… Read More
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
Rental property owners and industry partners gathered last month for an annual CAA celebration that helps secure housing for Orange County families. On May 24, more than 400 attendees gathered for the fifth annual CAA Orange County Charity Gala. The casino-themed event, held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, provided an evening of good food and fun — all for a good cause. The evening benefited Families Forward, which helps families achieve self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, career coaching, education, and other support services. CAA Advisory Board Member, Laura Khouri, said, “The CAA Orange County Advisory Board of… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division has been honored for its work with Families Forward to help end homelessness in the region. The accolades came April 28 at the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. CAA Orange County had been nominated for the award by Families Forward. Matt Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA Orange County, attended the ceremony. “It was an amazing experience to have CAA recognized at Orange County’s largest event celebrating businesses and individuals who partner with nonprofits,” Buck said. More than 1,000 attendees watched as CAA was announced as Families Forward’s partner, and the… Read More
An effort to place rent control before Santa Ana voters this November has entered the signature-gathering phase. The city attorney for Santa Ana recently gave petitioners the green light to begin circulating a petition for a measure titled the City of Santa Ana Rent Stabilization and Renters’ Rights Act. The title and summary is accessible here. Tenant advocates filed the initiative with the city clerk in April and have been working for some time to launch their signature-gathering campaign.
Tenant advocates in Santa Ana have filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control measure on the November ballot. The city attorney will have 15 business days to put together a title and summary for the measure. After a public notice is published by the city, the proponents will then have 180 days to gather roughly 12,000 valid signatures to place the initiative on the ballot.
On Feb. 6, the CAA Orange County Advisory Board of Directors was honored to present a live auction event held at Shea Apartment’s new Vantis property in Aliso Viejo. The event proved to be a huge success, raising money for the local Orange County PAC. Nearly 50 property managers and industry partners came out to show their support. “I want to give a big thank you to my board member Kevin Forsyth from Essex Property Trust. He did an amazing job as our auctioneer,” said Matthew Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA Orange County. “The stand-in cardboard cutouts… Read More