The California Apartment Association is proud to announce the opening of registration for its Year-End webinar, a roughly hourlong panel discussion airing Dec. 12 to help rental housing providers understand and comply with new laws for 2024.
Take the Year-End webinar for the latest developments on rent control and a primer on new legislation, covering everything from limits on security deposits to new rules for evictions, and even a tenant’s right to store e-bikes inside.
This crucial session will be led by Tom Bannon, the association’s chief executive officer, accompanied by Debra Carlton, executive vice president of state public affairs; Joshua Howard, executive vice president of local public affairs; and Whitney Prout, executive vice president of legal affairs. Their combined expertise will offer an overview of changes in state law, regional legislative trends, challenges to rent control in the courts, why rent control hasn’t been declared unconstitutional (and renewed hopes to change that), and how the makeup of the state Legislature influences housing policy.
In addition to the Year-End webinar for a statewide audience, CAA this year is offering two additional webinars specifically for owners of rental property in California’s two most populous cities — Los Angeles and San Diego. The L.A. and San Diego sessions, set for Dec. 13, offer the same statewide updates while also covering city-specific issues, including how state law intersects with city policy. Fred Sutton, senior vice president of local public affairs in Los Angeles, will join the panel for the L.A. session, offering insights specific to Los Angeles. Melanie Woods, vice president of local public affairs in San Diego, will bring her expertise to the San Diego webinar, addressing the unique legislative landscape of San Diego.
Meet the speakers
Tom Bannon, CEO, California Apartment Association: With a strong background in political science and public administration, Tom Bannon leads the general management of CAA. He brings experience from his roles with U.S. Congressman Robert Matsui, the California Building Association, and the California Association of REALTORS.
Debra Carlton, Executive Vice President, State Public Affairs: Debra Carlton is the chief legislative representative at CAA, focusing on legislative and regulatory issues. Her expertise is backed by her experience in legal and legislative research, along with a BA in political science and a master’s in public administration.
Joshua Howard, Executive Vice President, Local Public Affairs: Joshua Howard leads CAA’s local public affairs and advocacy efforts across California. His background includes roles in public policy and communications, along with a BA in political science and a master’s in public administration.
Whitney Prout, Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs: An experienced attorney, Whitney Prout advises on regulatory issues and develops education and compliance materials for CAA. She holds a BA in political science and a Juris Doctorate, bringing extensive experience in litigation and compliance matters.
Melanie Woods, Vice President of Local Public Affairs in San Diego: Melanie Woods manages legislative advocacy in San Diego County. Her background in housing and land use, along with experience in public affairs and long-range planning, is complemented by her BA in economics and political science and a master’s in public administration.
Fred Sutton, Senior Vice President of Local Public Affairs in Los Angeles: Overseeing CAA’s public and legislative affairs in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, Fred Sutton brings valuable experience from his previous roles in governmental affairs and as a deputy to an L.A. City Council member. He holds a BA in political science.