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A bipartisan coalition of political leaders from across California has urged voters to reject a ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return radical forms of rent control to the state. The coalition, including officials from the city, county and state levels, says Proposition 10 would hurt local budgets while underming efforts to tackle California’s affordable housing crisis,  the No on Prop 10 campaign said in a news release. If voters approve Prop 10 in the Nov. 6 election, cities will be authorized to apply rent control to single-family homes and new multifamily housing. They’ll also… Read More

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Affordable housing advocates have joined a growing list of opponents to a measure that would overturn the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. The California Council for Affordable Housing and the California Housing Consortium are now part of a growing list of opponents to Proposition 10, the ballot measure going before voters in November that would repeal Costa-Hawkins and return extreme forms of rent control to California. If voters approve Prop 10 and overturn Costa-Hawkins, cities will be authorized to apply rent control to single-family homes and new multifamily housing. They’ll also be able to make rent caps permanent, even after changes… Read More

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The Bay Area Council, which represents more than 300 of the largest employers in the Bay Area, has announced its opposition to Proposition 10, the ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. “We need comprehensive solutions to the housing crisis impacting our region and the entire state, but Proposition 10 would make our problems worse,” Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, said in a news release. “We need to build more units close to public transit options that will help connect workers with good jobs and ensure they can afford a safe, convenient… Read More

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The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday declined to put forth a local ballot measure that would update the city’s rent rollback date if the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act is repealed. Should Proposition 10 pass and Costa-Hawkins be overturned, the city will instead rely on the Rent Board to adjust the city’s base rent, which remains set at 1978 levels but hasn’t been enforced since Costa-Hawkins became law.

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California’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has said that Proposition 10 — the ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act —  could cost local governments up to “tens of millions of dollars per year” in new costs and that the state could lose up to “hundreds of millions of dollars per year” in revenues. The Legislative Analyst’s Office shared those findings in an analysis of Proposition 10 included in an Official Voter Information Guide published this week by the California Secretary of State’s Office. Of those costs, the San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board writes, “That’s the sobering bill… Read More

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The Civil Justice Association of California this week announced its opposition to Proposition 10, the ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and bring extreme forms of rent control back to California. “Prop 10 contains a hidden loophole requiring taxpayers to pay the initiative supporters’ legal bills for participating in certain lawsuits, even if they lose and even if their position is frivolous,” Caitlin Colman, vice president of government affairs for CJAC, said in a news release from the No On Prop 10 campaign. “This blank check benefits lawyers and puts taxpayers on the hook for limitless… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is pleased that the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California has joined efforts to defeat Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and bring extreme forms of rent control back to California. The CAA-sponsored campaign committee to defeat Prop. 10, Californians For Responsible Housing, issued a press release today announcing that the Building Trades Council, one of the most powerful labor groups in the state, has joined several other important statewide organizations in voicing opposition to the Costa-Hawkins repeal measure. Prop. 10 would create a major disincentive for investors to build… Read More

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The California Apartment Association, FPI Management and the California Association of REALTORS on Thursday warned state lawmakers, during an informational Assembly Housing and Senate Judiciary meeting, that an initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act would worsen the state’s housing crisis. Debra Carlton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs, testified that repealing Costa-Hawkins would return an extreme form of rent control to California, bringing with it a slew of unwanted consequences. If Costa-Hawkins is repealed, cities will be authorized to apply rent control to single-family homes and new multifamily housing. They’ll also be able to make rent caps… Read More

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A statewide ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act — and return extreme forms of rent control to California — has qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot. On June 15, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed that rent control proponents had submitted enough signatures to place the repeal measure before voters. Official certification of the initiative is expected on June 28. If Costa-Hawkins is repealed, cities will be authorized to apply rent control to single-family homes and new multifamily housing. They’ll also be able to make rent caps permanent, even after changes in tenancy. This type of… Read More

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Rent control activists submit signatures to qualify initiative With a Costa-Hawkins repeal measure expected to qualify for November’s ballot, the California Apartment Association has launched a full-fledged campaign to defeat the initiative and prevent extreme rent control from returning to California. The CAA-led  Californians for Responsible Housing has unveiled the “Stop the Housing Freeze” campaign and companion website NoHousingFreeze.org. The name of the CAA-led anti-repeal campaign and website reflect the certain impact of overturning Costa-Hawkins. Without Costa-Hawkins, cities will apply rent control to single-family homes and new multifamily housing and allow for permanent rent caps, even after changes in tenancy.… Read More

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