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After missing a deadline to place rent control before Sacramento voters this fall, tenant advocates on Thursday submitted signatures in hopes of qualifying their initiative for the March 2020 ballot. Sacramento city officials will now determine whether tenant activists submitted the required number of valid voter signatures to qualify the measure. If the petition is rejected, tenant activists, including members of Service Employees International Union and Alliance of Californians for Community Engagement, would need to start the initiative process over for any chance at making the ballot in 2020.

Tagged: Sacramento Valley

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has informed the California Apartment Association that he will propose a temporary 5 percent rent cap as part of his strategy to address the city’s affordable housing shortage. Steinberg plans to make his proposal at the Tuesday, Sept. 4, City Council meeting. CAA urges rental owners and property managers to attend this meeting and demonstrate the industry’s opposition to any form of rent control. Members are urged to sign up to speak against the mayor’s proposal during the public comment period. “We attempted to reach an agreement with the mayor on reasonable alternatives to rent control,”… Read More

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After hearing from the California Apartment Association, its allies, and local housing providers, El Cerrito City Council this week rebuffed efforts to bring rent control and “just cause” eviction policies to the East Bay community. Discussions of rent control and eviction controls were met with criticism Tuesday, even as the council faced intense pressure to adopt these onerous policies.

Tagged: Contra Costa

During a televised round-table discussion of Proposition 10 last week, Debra Carlton of the California Apartment Association recalled the days before the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. In 1995, the Legislature passed Costa-Hawkins to protect against extreme forms of rent control, including rent caps on single-family homes, individually owned condominiums and new construction. Before those protections were in place, many landlords were quitting the rental-housing business. “Property owners were getting out,” Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs for CAA, said during an episode of KQED Newsroom. “Even in Berkeley, we lost about 3,000 single-family homes because owners said, ‘I’m not… 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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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 14, will convene a special workshop focused on finding ways to increase the supply of affordable housing. Council members at the session will examine possible funding sources that could bolster the city’s Housing Trust Fund, which now has just $2.5 million, or enough to subsidize about 15 units. Staff will also present ideas for how to speed the construction of more affordable housing by reducing parking requirements, expediting project reviews, waiving fees, and other steps.

Tagged: Sacramento Valley

Tenant activists in Glendale this week turned in less than half of the signatures required to place a rent control measure before city voters, prompting the city clerk to reject the initiative. Rent control proponents on Monday submitted 3,988 signatures but needed 10,529 to trigger the signature-verification stage for the proposed ballot measure. “The CA Elections Code requires a specific number of minimum signatures for us to move ahead to the next steps of this process,” Ardy Kassakhian, the city clerk, said in a news release. “The initiators of this effort did not meet that threshold, and therefore this specific… Read More

Tagged: Los Angeles

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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Los Angeles County supervisors have pulled a temporary rent control ordinance from next week’s meeting agenda. Supervisors had been scheduled to consider a moratorium on rent increases over 3 percent in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, however, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl had the item removed from Tuesday’s lineup. Rather than enacting a rent freeze, the supervisor has decided to bring the proposal back to city staff and is expecting a report in the coming weeks. The California Apartment Association has been mobilizing members to oppose the temporary rent cap.

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