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The La Palma City Council last month approved a moratorium on multifamily development, a move that promises to worsen Orange County’s ongoing housing shortage and keep rental prices rising. The moratorium, approved June 20, applies to multifamily and commercial projects for which plans had not yet been submitted.

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On a 5-1 vote, the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal that would have required the installation of expensive firefighting equipment in new high-rises, including multifamily housing. The proposal called for firefighter air-replenishment systems in new buildings taller than 75 feet. Such systems are designed to provide rapid air-refilling capabilities to firefighters’ breathing tanks, however, there is no guarantee that the devices make buildings any safer.

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Rental property owners and industry partners took a trip in a cultural time machine last month during the CAA Orange County Charity Gala. More than 400 attendees gathered April 20 at the Hotel Irvine for an evening that boasted …

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The California Apartment Association has named Matthew Buck as its new executive in Orange County. Buck began his new role Jan. 3. With three years of experience at CAA, he previously served as vice president of public affairs for CAA Inland Empire.

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In Orange County, 90 percent of candidates backed by CAA’s political action committee scored victories in the Nov. 8 election, an unprecedented accomplishment, although losses resulted in a couple of key contests. Highlights Victories  Anaheim: Three of four CAAPAC-supported candidates won in City Council races. Santa Ana: All four supported council candidates won. Irvine: Assemblyman Don Wagner was elected mayor, and Christina Shea was re-elected to the City Council. Fullerton: Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald was re-elected to the City Council. Huntington Beach: Patrick Brennon elected to the City Council. Costa Mesa: Alan Mansoor elected to City Council. Loss Costa Mesa: Steve… Read More

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An effort to recall three allies of the rental housing industry from the Lake Forest City Council has failed. The California Apartment Association, in a variety of ways, helped Mayor Andrew Hamilton, Mayor Pro Tem Scott Voigts and Councilman Dwight Robinson stave off a campaign to cut short their terms. Hamilton, Voigts, and Robinson make up a housing-friendly majority of the council. “If we lost them to a recall, we would have seen new housing projects denied at a rapid pace.  Lake Forest needs more housing, including apartments, to keep up with demand,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director of CAA… Read More

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CAA Orange County held its annual gala this month, giving rental property professionals and industry partners an opportunity to mingle, break bread and network — all for a good cause. More than 450 people attended the gala, held April 14 at the Hilton Orange County. The event raised $25,000 for the local United Way’s Rapid-Rehousing initiative. Rapid Rehousing helps families with children move into affordable housing, minimizing the time they spend in shelters, in cars or on the street. Click here to see more photos on our Facbook page

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Improvisational humorist and professional speaker Joel Zeff doesn’t waste any time getting his audience into the act. Near the start of a recent 90-minute presentation, Zeff asked the roughly 200 rental housing professionals in the room to utter something rarely if ever heard in the leasing office. “Bunny, bunny, bunny.” As they did, raucous laughter began, as did one of Zeff’s key lessons. “Look around. Everybody’s got a smile on their face — even the grumpy people. That’s the spirit of the bunny, bunny, bunny,” he said. “Because everybody looked foolish, and they did it together, it wasn’t a big… Read More

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During its annual breakfast meeting, the California Apartment Association’s Orange County division greeted the holiday season, took in a speech from a state senator and recognized several members who’ve gone above and beyond expectations. In a presentation dubbed “Shaking up Sacramento,” state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, pointed to problems with the state’s finances, including California having the nation’s highest unfunded pension obligations, starting with at least $140 billion. Moorlach, who represents the state’s 37th Senate District, addressed about 200 attendees Friday, Dec. 5, at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach. He is a familiar face in Orange County, where he… Read More

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The above photos come from  the second annual CAA Orange County Charity Gala, held April 22, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The event raised tens of thousands of dollars for a United Way program that will help move 12 families into their own apartments through “Rapid Rehousing.”

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