Push for rent control ballot measure begins in Long Beach

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Tenant advocates in Long Beach have launched a campaign to place a rent control measure before voters next year.

On Wednesday morning, a representative from Housing Long Beach filed preliminary paperwork to qualify a rent control initiative for the November 2018 ballot.

The ballot measure will call for rent control, 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 the city attorney issues title and summary for the 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.

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