News: North BayFilter
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The Santa Rosa City Council on Jan. 26 held a public study session to discuss rent control and other measures touted as renter protections. The council heard from its hired consultant, who laid out several options for addressing the city’s housing issues, including: Mediation Just-cause eviction Rent stabilization CAA and business coalition partners mobilized approximately 100 stakeholders to attend this meeting, with many speaking out against rent control and just-cause eviction policies. As a result, Mayor Sawyer and Councilmen Ernesto Olivares and Tom Schwedhelm stated that rent control was not the solution. Other council members were divided but signaled openness… Read More
The Santa Rosa City Council will discuss rent control Tuesday, Jan. 26, and hear from a consultant who’s laid out several options for addressing the city’s housing issues. During the study session, set for 2 p.m. at City Hall, the council will also review a possible just-cause eviction ordinance, which would make it unduly difficult to evict problem tenants, including those suspected of violent crime. The California Apartment Association’s North Coast division asks that rental housing owners and managers attend and speak out against both of these flawed policies. Rent control and just cause are among the options that a… Read More
CAA North Coast educating council on ills of punitive policies CAA North Coast eagerly awaits a consultant’s findings — expected to be completed next month — on possible ways to address Santa Rosa’s affordable housing crisis. On Oct. 20, 2015, the Santa Rosa City Council voted 4-3 to hire the consultant, who is examining three possible approaches to the city’s housing issues: rent control, just‐cause eviction rules, and a process to provide mediation and arbitration between rental property owners and their residents. The study derives from concerns of a housing crisis in the Santa Rosa region, where rental inventory is… Read More
CAA North Coast has welcomed its new executive director, Mallori Spilker, who is establishing the North Coast government affairs and political action program in Northern Marin and Sonoma counties. Spilker comes to CAA from the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.), where she served as a Government Relations Field Representative. At C.A.R., Spilker worked to align the state and local government affairs program and served as C.A.R.’s liaison to 24 local REALTOR® associations in Northern California. While at C.A.R., she led PAC fundraising efforts, engaged members in C.A.R.’s grassroots lobbying efforts, coordinated campaign activities, and participated in a variety of state… Read More
The Healdsburg City Council recently issued a Rental Stabilization Advisory to address concerns from the community that were raised regarding substantial rent increases and tenant displacements. The Advisory encourages the following: Property owners not raise rents more than once per year; Increases not exceed 10percent annually; Owners provide residents 90 days’ notice prior to rent increases; When significant work on a rental unit is needed that requires the tenant to move, the tenant is given the first right of return. Additionally, the city is looking for data from members who have rental units in Healdsburg. If you have rental units… Read More
Contra Costa County’s registrar of voters Oct. 13 certified CAA’s referendum to repeal rent control and just-cause eviction in Richmond. This past summer, Richmond became the first city in California to approve rent control in roughly three decades. A CAA-led effort to collect thousands of signatures prevented Richmond’s rent control and just-cause eviction ordinance from taking effect. Now that Contra Costa County’s registrar has counted and certified the signatures, it’s up to Richmond City Council members to either repeal the ordinance themselves or schedule the issue for a public vote.
Several cities around the Bay Area this fall are considering the adoption of rent control or making current rent control policies more onerous. Quelling this political movement will take coordination among both California Apartment Association staff and CAA members. At present, CAA continues its dialogue with elected officials, government staffers and property owners in each of these communities. Among the hottest centers of debate are San Jose, Santa Rosa, San Mateo, Alameda and Mountain View. CAA continues to educate council members and the public about why rent control fails wherever it’s implemented. At the same time, CAA’s public affairs team… Read More
The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday, Oct. 20, is expected to approve a plan to study whether rent control is a viable option to address Santa Rosa’s housing challenges. CAA North Coast has been working closely with members, allies, and the city to encourage the Santa Rosa City Council to explore other measures. CAA strongly opposes rent control and is calling on all rental owners to continue letting the City Council know that rent control is a failed policy. CAA asks members who cannot attend Tuesday’s meeting to email the mayor and council By clicking on firstname.lastname@example.org, the below… Read More
The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposal that would force owners of rental properties to accept Section 8 vouchers. The California Apartment Association’s North Coast Division has strong concerns about such a mandate, which would be premature as the courts review the legality of such ordinances. A copy of CAA’s letter to the Mayor and Council of Santa Rosa can be found here. CAA is urging the council to instead work with rental property owners and managers to explore ways that incentivize acceptance of Section 8 vouchers and wait for the courts to rule on this… Read More