A week after it appeared Andy Vidak had captured the state Senate’s 16th District seat, the Republican from Hanford is heading for a runoff election against Democrat Leticia Perez of Bakersfield. Perez conceded last week when Vidak had about 52 percent of votes tallied. Area news media reported Vidak the clear-cut winner. But after more counting, Vidak has just 49.9 percent of the vote. To win this five-candidate race, he needed more than 50 percent. Perez, with 43.9 percent of the vote, will face Vidak again during a July 23 runoff to determine which candidate will replace Michael Rubio.
In a first for California, construction of multifamily housing units last year exceeded that of single-family homes. Local jurisdictions reported 23,801 multifamily housing units built in 2012, compared with 20,883 for the single-family variety, according to a news release from the state Department of Finance. The state grew last year by 0.8 percent, bringing California’s population to nearly 38 million. Each of California’s 10 biggest cities saw a population bump, with San Jose growing at the fastest clip — 1.5 percent. Related coverage CA population grows to 37.9 million (San Francisco Chronicle) California’s population nears 38 million (Pasadena Star-News) California… Read More
Landlords don’t have to conduct extensive investigations to track down tenants who go missing when facing eviction, according to a ruling Wednesday by the Sixth Appellate District Court. After receiving a brief from the California Apartment Association, the appellate court ruled in favor of the property owner, Stanford University, which tried but could not locate Christine Marie Ham to personally serve her with an eviction lawsuit. Instead, Stanford mailed the paperwork — an unlawful detainer summons and complaint – to Ham’s residence and posted it on her front door. Landlords reluctantly resort to this technique, known as “nail and mail,”… Read More
The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce the hiring of government-affairs veteran Tommy Thompson as the South Coast Division’s new executive director. Thompson, who joined CAA earlier this month, assumes responsibility for all CAA operations within the South Coast region, which includes Orange County and the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill. While Thompson’s duties are wide-reaching, he’ll mainly focus on advocating for the rental housing industry within the halls of local government. No stranger to the nexus between public policy and business, Thompson’s most recent job included six years as director of government affairs for the Building… Read More
The 19th Annual AAGIE Summer Scramble Charity Tournament raised $5,000 for HomeAid Inland Empire, which has provided transitional housing since 1990 to families rebuilding their lives in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The golf tournament was held on May 9 at The Retreat in Corona, and more than 140 golfers took part, supporting a good cause and enjoying a beautiful day on the course.
Like the California Apartment Association, Gov. Jerry Brown believes Proposition 65 needs changing. The Brown administration is joining lawmakers aiming to stop frivolous lawsuits based on the proposition, passed by voters 27 years ago. Among other things, the proposition requires that businesses with 10 or more employees post warning signs if they suspect cancer-causing chemicals are present. Although he cited past successes of the law, Matthew Rodriquez, secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency, said Prop. 65 needs updating, from both a scientific perspective and to protect businesses from unfounded litigation. “Unfortunately, it has been abused in the past by… Read More
The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to continue writing letters to help defeat a bill that would require landlords to pay interest on security deposits. The legislation, SB 603 by Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would also dramatically increase penalties when they fail to return the deposits as required by law. On Monday, May 13, Leno passed on his first opportunity to present SB 603 for a vote on the Senate floor. His next opportunity comes Thursday, May 16. The CAA letter-writing campaign to defeat the bill appears to be working. If you haven’t yet written a to… Read More
A bill that would require installation of water submeters on all new multifamily units no longer would ban ratio-utility billing systems — also known as RUBS. SB 750 by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, advanced from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and heads to the Senate floor without the troubling provision. RUBS are used by property owners to divide the water bill among tenants, based on the number of renters in the building or square footage. Three primary areas of concerns remain for CAA: The early date for the installation of submeters, now Jan. 1, 2014. The limited availability of… Read More