Rent control activists begin collecting signatures in Pomona
A movement to spread rent control throughout California has now reached the far-eastern portion of Los Angeles County.
Tenant activists have begun collecting signatures to place a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure before Ponoma voters this November.
A group called Pomona United for Stable Housing is circulating the petition. To place the measure on the ballot, the group needs to collect 6,256 valid voter signatures by the end of this month.
The measure, dubbed the Pomona Housing Stabilization, Fair Rent, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance, would create a rent board and cap annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation.
Price controls on the housing market have been proven failures wherever implemented. The California Apartment Association is organizing housing providers and industry partners to defeat any rent control measure that may appear before voters.
Pomona joins several other Southern California cities where tenant activists are attempting to pass rent control via voter initiative. Other municipalities targeted for rent control measures include Glendale, Inglewood, Long Beach, National City, Pasadena and Santa Ana.
- Local activists are pushing to bring rent control to Pomona (Daily Bulletin, May 5)