Notice to place rent control on Long Beach ballot deemed incomplete by city
An effort to place rent control before voters in Long Beach has already hit a snag.
Last week, tenant advocates filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control initiative on the November 2018 ballot.
The Long Beach city attorney, however, deemed the “Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition” to be incomplete, as it lacked the written text of the proposed initiative, which is required under the election code.
The organization that filed the paperwork, Housing Long Beach, will have an opportunity to file the notice again.
While the notice lacked the wording of the ordinance, the tenant advocates are clearly pursuing a rent control ordinance, just-cause eviction policies and the formation of a rent board.
The California Apartment Association, which opposes rent control in all forms, will lead a coalition to defeat this effort.
To qualify the initiative, tenant activists will need to collect more than 26,000 valid voter signatures.
Activists cannot begin the signature-gathering process until they submit complete preliminary paperwork, the city attorney issues a ballot title and summary for the proposed measure, and notice of intent to circulate the petition is published in the local newspaper of record.
The push to place rent control on the ballot in Long Beach comes just weeks after a similar effort failed in the city of Glendale.