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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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The California Apartment Association will present a pair of economic forecasts in the next week – one in the Silicon Valley, the other in Southern California. Both events take place Thursday, Jan. 29. At the Southern California event, Greg Willett of MPF Research will speak at CAA Orange County’s Professional Property Managers’ Forum in In Newport Beach. Willett, head of the research and analysis team at MPF, tracks and evaluates evaluating trends in multifamily market fundamentals. He is well versed on multifamily market conditions and activity nationally, by metro, and in many individual neighborhoods. Willett began his tenure in the… Read More

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For the second time this fall, a division of the California Apartment Association has formally changed its name to more clearly reflect the region it serves. CAA South Coast is now CAA Orange County. Melinda Graham, chairwoman of the division, announced the official new name during the division’s annual meeting Dec. 5. The announcement came just a few weeks after the association announced that CAA-AAGIE is now CAA Greater Inland Empire. News of this name change came at CAA Greater Inland Empire’s Tapped & Uncorked event. As part of a statewide rebranding initiative, each CAA division reassessed its name. Stay… Read More

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By SHANT APEKIAN Republicans and Moderate Democrats – including numerous allies of the apartment industry — enjoyed major victories in California on Election Day, giving the California Apartment Association reason to celebrate. During this election cycle, the California Apartment Association’s Political Action Committee spent roughly $2 million ensuring the election of candidates who will defend the interests of the multifamily housing industry. Bolstered by CAAPAC’s political support, voter frustration with the status quo and record-low voter turnout, business-friendly candidates garnered vital wins. Statewide, Gov. Brown easily secured a fourth term, and Democrats once again swept all the constitutional offices. In… Read More

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In the 2000 film “What Women Want,” Mel Gibson’s character, Nick Marshall, can hear women’s thoughts. This ability provides veritable superpowers when it comes to relationships. You may never be a mind-reader like Marshall, but you can gain a better understanding of your tenants’ wants and needs, said Rommel Anacan, guest speaker at a California Apartment Association luncheon last week. Anacan provided key insights for keeping renters enamoured with their homes while presenting “How NOT to Lose Your Residents in 12 Months: The Secrets of Keeping Your Residents in Love With Your Community.” He delivered the presentation Thursday, Oct. 30,… Read More

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Aliso Viejo’s proposed ban on smoking in multi-family housing fizzled this week as the City Council decided to consider adding a city ombudsman instead. Such an advocate would likely listen to residents’ complaints and suggestions and help address their concerns, whether they focus on smoking or other issues. Nearly a dozen CAA Orange County members provided critical public comment during the meeting. The City Council made the decision late Wednesday after nearly two years of debate. City staff had recommended against a smoking prohibition, contending that smoking in apartments is a private matter between apartment owners and tenants. Thanks to… Read More

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Thanks in part to advocacy efforts by the California Apartment Association, the Huntington Beach City Council has reversed its decision to place a rent control measure on the November ballot. The council voted 4 to 3 on Monday, Aug. 11, to repeal the ballot measure, one month after voting to put the proposal before voters. The measure, if it had gone to voters and been approved, would have authorized the council to implement rent-stabilization guidelines for mobile home parks. “We are happy to see that rent control will not come to Huntington Beach anytime soon,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director… Read More

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