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Election officials this week confirmed that enough signatures were collected to qualify a referendum on Santa Rosa’s rent control ordinance. Sonoma County’s registrar of voters counted 9,648 valid signatures, far more than the 8,485 needed for the referendum to qualify. The registrar first confirmed the success of the signature-gathering effort in mid-October. Later that month, however, the registrar determined that a hand count was needed to certify the results.

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The Marin County Board of Supervisors has approved “source of income protections” for prospective renters, essentially requiring rental housing owners to participate in the Section 8 program.

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Starting in 2017, CAA North Bay will partner with the Sonoma County Community Development Commission and local housing authority to identify potential programmatic changes to improve participation in local Section 8 programs. The California Apartment Association encourages local housing providers to join the conversation at 5 p.m.  Jan. 25,  in the Community Development Commission Hearing Room, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. At this meeting, you can voice current concerns with the program, ask questions about participation, and provide input on potential incentives for participation and program changes. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to mspilker@caanet.org. If you cannot… Read More

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The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday extended its temporary rent control ordinance by six months. Under the Dec. 6 decision, all Sebastopol multifamily housing providers with units built before 1995 now face a 3 percent limit on annual rent increases until May 2017.

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The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday will decide whether to extend its temporary rent control ordinance by six months. If the council approves the extension, all Sebastopol multifamily housing providers with units built before 1995 will face a 3 percent limit on annual rent increases until May 2017. The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to attend the Dec. 6 meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Youth Annex/Teen Center, 425 Morris St.

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CAA North Coast has partnered with Catholic Charities to collect warm clothes and blankets to help homeless individuals and families during what’s expected to be a cold and wet winter.  At our Dec. 5 holiday luncheon, we will be collecting new or gently used items of warm clothing to donate to Catholic Charities to use for their “Code Blue,” program which helps families survive during the colder months. Please bring your donation to the holiday lunch. If you cannot attend and would still like to donate, please contact Mallori Spilker at mspilker@caanet.org. Items in need include: Tarps, sleeping bags, rain… Read More

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Over the objections of CAA and rental property owners, the Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday imposed a temporary rent control measure, effective immediately.

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The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday will vote on a temporary rent control measure that would take effect immediately upon approval. To pass, the Urgency Rent Moratorium Ordinance requires approval from four out of five council members. The California Apartment Association urges its members in Sebastopol to voice their opposition to this draconian housing policy at the Nov. 1 meeting. See the agenda here. It is critical that the City Council understand that: Rent control isn’t an affordable housing program; it will not build one new unit of housing nor will it bring rents down. Most renters in Sebastopol would… Read More

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After confirming the success of a signature-gathering effort to stop Santa Rosa rent control, election officials now say they certified the petition prematurely and need to conduct a hand count of signatures. On Oct. 14, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters confirmed that petitioners had collected the necessary 8,485 signatures to qualify a referendum on Santa Rosa’s rent control and just-cause-for-eviction ordinance.

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Citing pending litigation, the California Apartment Association has urged Marin County supervisors to defer work on an ordinance that would force rental property owners to participate in the Section 8 program. Despite CAA’s objections, county supervisors are scheduled to formally adopt such a law at their Nov. 8 meeting. The board granted preliminary approval of the proposal, an “ordinance to establish source of income protection,” on Oct. 25. Yet as the Board of Supervisors considers its measure, the city of Santa Monica is embroiled in a lawsuit challenging its adoption of a similar ordinance. Mallori Spilker, CAA’s vice president of… Read More

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