A petition to put rent control on the November ballot in Santa Rosa has failed to qualify.

On Friday, the Santa Rosa city clerk announced that the petition fell short of the required number of valid signatures needed to place the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

To qualify the initiative, tenant advocates needed to submit 8,985 valid voter signatures. City officials, however, could confirm the validity of only 7,895, leading the city clerk to deem the petition insufficient.

“Clearly this is exciting news and a victory in our ongoing efforts to keep rent control out of Santa Rosa,” said Joshua Howard, senior vice president of the California Apartment Association for Northern California.

Had the initiative qualified, it would have marked the second time …

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