Tenant activists have again fallen short in their quest to put rent control before voters in Santa Ana.

On Monday, Tenants United Santa Ana submitted several boxes of petitions to the city clerk. It didn’t take long, however, for city officials to determine the petitions were lacking.

Tenant advocates needed to file at least 9,854 signatures but submitted only 9,299.

Rent control proponents began circulating their petition six months ago, hoping to qualify an initiative for this November’s ballot.

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