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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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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

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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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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

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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

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