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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
An effort to place rent control before Santa Ana voters this November has entered the signature-gathering phase. The city attorney for Santa Ana recently gave petitioners the green light to begin circulating a petition for a measure titled the City of Santa Ana Rent Stabilization and Renters’ Rights Act. The title and summary is accessible here. Tenant advocates filed the initiative with the city clerk in April and have been working for some time to launch their signature-gathering campaign.
Tenant advocates in Santa Ana have filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control measure on the November ballot. The city attorney will have 15 business days to put together a title and summary for the measure. After a public notice is published by the city, the proponents will then have 180 days to gather roughly 12,000 valid signatures to place the initiative on the ballot.
On Feb. 6, the CAA Orange County Advisory Board of Directors was honored to present a live auction event held at Shea Apartment’s new Vantis property in Aliso Viejo. The event proved to be a huge success, raising money for the local Orange County PAC. Nearly 50 property managers and industry partners came out to show their support. “I want to give a big thank you to my board member Kevin Forsyth from Essex Property Trust. He did an amazing job as our auctioneer,” said Matthew Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA Orange County. “The stand-in cardboard cutouts… Read More
At the urging of the California Apartment Association, the Santa Ana City Council on Tuesday rejected rent control, opting instead to focus on more sensible alternatives. The decision to steer clear of rent control came during a study session on the controversial housing policy. During the study session, city staff presented an overview of the city’s housing situation, and guest speakers discussed the pros and cons of rent control.
Tenant activists are again trying to place a rent control measure before voters in Glendale. The Glendale Tenants Union on Tuesday submitted paperwork to place a rent control ordinance on the city’s November 2018 ballot. Before signature gathering begins, the city must issue a title and summary for the initiative. The city has 15 days to do so.
The California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division has been nominated by Families Forward for the 2018 Giving is Living Award. “The California Apartment Association has made a commitment to our organization as a true community partner, supporting Families Forward in a wide variety of ways to ensure that parents with children who are in crisis, and living in their car or on the street, have the chance to find safety in stable housing and the opportunity to provide for their family again,” said Madelynn Hirneise, director of property acquisition and management for Families Forward. Hirneise added, “We couldn’t do this… Read More
Rent increases limited to 10 percent while protections in effect With wildfires continuing to spread in Southern California, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties. The declarations on Thursday come just days after the fires prompted Brown to declare emergencies in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura. The governor’s declarations once again trigger the state’s anti-price gouging law. When activated, Penal Code Section 396 prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10 percent after the emergency has been declared. The… Read More
After hearing from CAA, the city of Anaheim’s Homeless Policy Working Group removed rent control as a possible solution to end homelessness. During public comment Nov. 3, CAA addressed the Working Group about the ill-effects of rent control and the negative consequences that such a policy would bring.
A number of the California Apartment Association’s corporate members received recognition last month for their work to help reduce homelessness in Orange County. The honors came Aug. 24 as Families Forward held its sixth Annual Housing Partner Appreciation event. Families Forward which helps families achieve self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, career coaching, education, and other support services.