Despite aggressive opposition from CAA, a measure to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Mountain View has won passage at the ballot box. Ballots cast to approve Measure V garnered 53 percent of the vote. All told, five Bay Area cities had measures on the Nov. 8 ballot asking voters whether to approve rent control. As in Mountain View, Richmond voters approved the policy, while voters in Alameda, Burlingame and San Mateo rejected it.
After facing aggressive opposition from CAA, a measure to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Burlingame has failed passage at the ballot box. Ballots cast to approve Measure R garnered just 33 percent of the vote. Rent control measures also failed in Alameda and San Mateo, although they passed in Mountain View and Richmond.
After facing aggressive opposition from CAA, a measure to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in San Mateo has failed passage at the ballot box. Ballots cast to approve Measure Q garnered just 39 percent of the vote. Rent control measures also failed in Alameda and Burlingame, although they passed in Mountain View and Richmond.
Voters on Tuesday rejected strict rent control laws in Burlingame, San Mateo and Alameda but approved them in Richmond and Mountain View. All five measures proposing rent control faced strong opposition from local property owners, homeowners, businesses, real estate groups and the California Apartment Association. In Burlingame and Alameda, voters rejected rent control by a roughly 2-1 margin. Ballots cast in favor of Burlingame’s Measure R garnered 33 percent of the vote, while yes votes for Alameda’s M1 earned 34 percent. In San Mateo, the rent control measure also failed decidedly, with Measure Q receiving just 39 percent approval.
Several months after imposing stricter rent control in San Jose, the city is holding a series of hearings on further changes to its rent ordinance. In May, the City Council lowered the maximum annual rent increase on rent controlled units from 8 percent to 5 percent, a change that took effect the following month. The council also greenlighted further changes to its rent ordinance and directed the Housing Department to incorporate them into a draft ordinance. The city is now holding a series of public meetings on those recommended changes. These hearings offer the city’s housing providers an opportunity to… Read More
Political mailers that highlight criticism of rent control as noted by the Legislative Analyst’s Office do not violate the Fair Political Practices Act, a state agency concluded this week. The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission said it found no evidence of campaign violations, concluding that the mailers appear to be “properly identified as coming from the California Apartment Association Issues Committee.” Tenant advocates filed a complaint with the FPPC after the CAA Issues Committee published campaign literature detailing the LAO’s conclusion that rent control doesn’t work. The mailers are intended to inform the electorate of the LAO’s misgivings about rent… Read More
The San Mateo Daily Journal this morning editorialized against rent control initiatives in San Mateo and Burlingame. The newspaper’s editorial board urges voters to reject the introduction of rent control, just-cause-for-eviction policies and costly rent boards in both cities. The editorial board had met with the California Apartment Association before publishing this morning’s piece.
https://youtu.be/SvYgSVvVWI8 In the video above, San Mateo City Councilwoman Maureen Freschet expresses concerns about the financial impacts of Measure Q, calling it “dangerous legislation” that would create a rent commission with unlimited regulatory and financial power. Two members of the San Mateo City Council have signed the primary ballot argument against bringing rent control to the city. Councilwomen Maureen Freschet and Diane Papan are among the rent control opponents listed on the argument against the San Mateo Community Preservation and Fair Rent Charter Amendment. The charter amendment will appear on the ballot as Measure Q. “Don’t be fooled into believing… Read More
https://youtu.be/1SGlm-gwIgA At their Aug. 1 meeting, members of the Burlingame City Council expressed serious misgivings about the rent control initiative going before voters in November. The video above highlights some of their concerns. The Burlingame City Council has filed the primary ballot argument against the rent control measure going before voters on the November ballot. All five members of the council signed the document, released Friday, Aug. 19. Authored by Councilman Michael Brownrigg, the argument urges a no vote on the Burlingame Community Protection Ordinance, which will appear before voters as Measure R. “While maintaining a varied housing stock is… Read More