Southern California local elections yield mostly victories for rental housing industry
In Southern California, a majority of the local candidates supported by the California Apartment Association’s Political Action Committee emerged victorious in the June primary.
South Bay — Long Beach and Torrance
In Long Beach, CAAPAC-supported City Council incumbents Stacy Mungo and Roberto Uranga won their primary run-off races for the District 5 and District 7 seats, respectively. Long Beach is not only a priority because of its considerable amount of rental housing, but for its regional significance — being the second largest city in Los Angeles County and the seventh largest city in the state. The city is also fighting off tenant advocate cries for rent control. In neighboring Torrance, CAAPAC-supported incumbent Councilman Tim Goodrich also secured another term, garnering 21.4 percent of the vote.
In the city of Santa Barbara, CAAPAC-backed candidate Michael Vidal lost his City Council bid against establishment candidate Oscar Gutierrez. Gutierrez won the District 3 seat in a special election after securing 52.9 percent of the vote compared with Vidal’s 36.4 percent. Santa Barbara also has a history of tenant groups seeking renter protections. In February, the City Council voted to create an ordinance requiring mandatory lease offerings for renters.
Riverside and San Bernardino counties
In San Bernardino County, CAAPAC-supported candidates Curt Hagman and Janice Rutherford secured victories in races for the Board of Supervisors.
Rutherford won the District 2 seat with 53.2 percent of the vote compared to challenger Marc Steinorth’s 46.8 percent.
Hagman won the District 4 contest with 53.8 percent of the vote compared with 46.2 percent for opponent Gloria Negrete McLeod.
In Riverside County, however, CAAPAC-supported candidate Jan Harnik lost to District 4 Incumbent Supervisor Manuel “Manny” Perez. Harnik garnered 42.72 percent of the vote compared with 57.28 percent for Perez.
In races for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, CAAPAC-supported District 2 incumbent Michelle Steel avoided a November runoff by winning 64 percent of the vote.
Also, Tim Shaw, a CAAPAC-supported candidate for the open District 4 supervisor seat, sits atop the leaderboard by 200 votes, with 80,000 ballots to be counted.
In the race for auditor-controller, CAA-backed incumbent Eric Woolery won another term with 75 percent of the vote, preventing the need for a runoff.
In the contest for district attorney, CAA-supported incumbent Tony Rackauckus holds the lead with 39 percent of the vote compared with challenger Todd Spitzer’s 35 percent. The two will face off in November.