Monthly Archives: June 2018


Is Rent Control Working and Should We Have More or Less of It?

"In the mid-'90s, California was going through an affordable housing crisis. To encourage more housing development, two politicians, Democratic Sen. Jim Costa of Fresno and Republican Assemblyman Phil Hawkins of Bellflower, wanted to curb rent control. They drafted the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, and in 1995 it passed by one vote. Costa-Hawkins shaped rent control [...]

2018-06-29T19:10:30+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Rent control bill is not the solution to state’s housing crisis

"California’s housing crisis continues to spiral out of control. Just last week, the California Association of Realtors reported that May 2018’s median price for a home in California was more than $600,000, a 9.2 percent increase from May 2017 and hitting a new high for the first time in more than 10 years. While it’s [...]

2018-06-27T19:21:47+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Rent Control Increase Capped at $60

Santa Monica: "The rent control board has capped rent increases $60 a month following a brief hearing last week. Increases for rent-controlled units are subject to two caps: a percentage and a fixed dollar amount. The percentage is mandated by the city’s rent control rules and is determined by a fixed formula that yielded at [...]

2018-06-27T17:08:08+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, Santa Monica|

Rent Control: Maybe Good For You, Maybe Not Good For Future You

"Exploding rents affect millions in California, where renters make up nearly half of all households. As rents have increased, so have calls to strengthen rent control laws across the state." Click here to continue reading

2018-06-25T15:48:18+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Rent control measures fall short in Inglewood, Long Beach, and Pasadena

"Voters in Pasadena, Long Beach, and Inglewood won’t get a chance to vote in November on whether to adopt rent control policies in those cities. Supporters of ballot initiatives calling for rent control in all three cities did not garner enough valid signatures to qualify the measures for the fall election. Rent control advocates in [...]

2018-06-25T15:44:07+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

You have chance Nov. 6 to make housing more scarce & costly

"It’s called the California Local Rent Control Initiative. In reality it should be called Accelerate California’s Homeless Problem Act. We will be voting on Nov. 6 on whether to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rent Control Act enacted by the legislature in 1995. In a nutshell it prohibits local jurisdictions from imposing rent control on housing units [...]

2018-06-22T23:25:05+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

WeHo Proposes Making Tenants Pay 50% of the Cost of Earthquake Retrofits

“The proposed seismic retrofitting ordinance will place extreme burden and expense on ‘mom and pop’ owners in West Hollywood,” said the letter from AAGLA’s Janet Gagnon, director of government affairs and external relations. “Most of the impacted buildings are older and already require substantial amounts of ongoing maintenance and upkeep. These buildings are already under [...]

2018-06-22T17:50:18+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, West Hollywood|

Costa-Hawkins Repeal Qualifies for November Ballot

"The law will be known as: Affordable Housing Act. The People of the State of California hereby find and declare all of the following: a) Rents for housing have skyrocketed in recent years. Median rents are higher in California than any other state in the country, and among all 50 states, California has the 4th highest [...]

2018-06-20T18:12:14+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

STOP the Flawed Rental Housing Initiative

The so-called “Affordable Housing Act” (Initiative 17-0041) is anything but affordable housing. DON’T BE FOOLED, THE INITIATIVE:  Will NOT increase funding for affordable housing.  Will NOT force local communities to build the housing approved in their general plans.  Will NOT provide any immediate relief for people facing higher housing costs. Legal analysts warn the initiative includes several flaws, is vague and confusing, [...]

2018-06-18T23:36:36+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Will stronger rent control spread across California? Here’s what you need to know.

"California voters are set to vote this November on an initiative that would allow California cities and counties to adopt stronger rent control laws, which limit how much landlords are allowed to raise rents each year. The Secretary of State's office reported last week that initiative backers have enough valid signatures to qualify it for the Nov. [...]

2018-06-18T23:12:40+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|