News: North BayFilter
After a strong grassroots campaign by the California Apartment Association and its allies, Santa Rosa’s rent control and just-cause eviction measure went down in defeat Tuesday. The people of Santa Rosa rejected Measure C with 52.5 percent of the vote, compared with 47.5 percent in favor of rent control. “Voters understood that Measure C would have come at high costs while assisting only a fraction of the population,” said Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president for Northern California. “Now, Santa Rosa can focus on the real solution to its housing crisis — building more homes.”
After the California Apartment Association qualified a referendum on Santa Rosa’s rent control ordinance, the City Council on Tuesday decided to put the issue before voters in a June 6 special election. The council had two other options: to repeal the law or place it before voters in November 2018.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot… Read More
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.
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 email@example.com. Items in need include: Tarps, sleeping bags, rain… Read More