Time has run out for signature gatherers to qualify a rent control initiative for the November 2018 ballot in the city of Sacramento.

However, the Housing 4 Sacramento coalition, which includes the Alliance for Californians for Community Engagement and Service Employees International Union, continues to collect signatures with hopes of meeting the Sept. 4 deadline to qualify the charter amendment for the next general election, which comes in 2020.

“We suspect they just were unable to collect the required number of signatures by the deadline,” said CAA Senior Vice President Jim Lofgren. “Now let’s hope we can shift our focus towards better solutions for our housing problem, namely building more housing for our low-income, disabled and senior renters.”

Meanwhile, the rent control battle has shifted …

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