Despite election outcome, Santa Cruz council approves ‘just cause’ ordinance, relocation assistance


Although Santa Cruz voters rejected a rent control initiative by a wide margin this past fall, the city’s newly elected council has chosen to pass components of the measure anyway.

In the Nov. 6 election, CAA helped secure the resounding defeat of Measure M, an initiative that would have brought both rent control and “just cause” eviction policies to the city of Santa Cruz.

Despite more than 61 percent of the vote having gone against the measure, the City Council on Tuesday passed ordinances mandating just-cause eviction restrictions, on an interim basis, and relocation-assistance payments that would be triggered under certain circumstances, such as moves prompted by large rent increases.

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