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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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ANAHEIM — About 500 rental housing professionals attended the second annual CAA Orange County Charity Gala on Wednesday evening, raising tens of thousands of dollars for a United Way program that fights homelessness. Like last year, Wednesday’s gala is expected to generate upwards of $50,000 for Orange County United Way, which will move 12 families into their own apartments through its “Rapid Rehousing” program. Through Rapid Rehousing, United Way helps families who are either homeless or “housing insecure” return to permanent housing as quickly as possible. Housing insecure denotes families in precarious living situations, such as couch surfing, living doubled-… Read More

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Don’t miss the opportunity to join your colleagues at the CAA Orange County Charity Gala next week. The early bird ticket price is available through Monday, April 20. The CAA Orange County Advisory Board is proud to give back to the local community by partnering with the Orange County United Way to support Rapid Rehousing. The proceeds from this event will help to raise $50,000 to move 12 homeless families into their own apartments. We sincerely hope that you will participate in helping to meet our goal. Read more about the event:  CAA to name Costa Mesa mayor OC Housing… Read More

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Costa Mesa Mayor Steve Mensinger, who spearheaded work to bring more than 2,000 residential units to the city, will receive this year’s OC Housing Champion Award. Mensinger, whose efforts have helped revitalize blighted areas of Costa Mesa, will receive the honor during the California Apartment Association’s Orange County Charity Gala. Mensinger and several other elected officials will attend the elegant evening event, set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim. Tickets are $175 and will help CAA meet its goal of raising $50,000 for Orange County United Way to move 12 families into… Read More

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Huntington Beach officials on Monday rejected a moratorium on apartment development along an important stretch of the city. The City Council voted 4-2, with one abstention, against halting apartment construction in the Beach-Edinger Corridor Specific Plan. The council, however, directed staff to reduce the number of units that can be developed along the Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue corridors. “This is a reasonable direction considering the alternative,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director of the California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division. “This vote came after a successful advocacy effort on the part of CAA and our coalition partners.” Related content: Opinion:… Read More

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