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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. [...]

2018-08-15T08:50:38+00:00August 15th, 2018|Local Updates|

L.A. County Supervisors Approve Temporary Rent Control Ordinance for Mobile Homes

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved to impose temporary rent caps on mobile homes. The vote comes amid a broader, controversial push to remove barriers to rent control across California in response to rising housing costs. In a 3-1 vote, supervisors approved temporary caps on so-called space rents — the [...]

2018-08-15T08:37:22+00:00August 15th, 2018|Local Updates|

It is Wrong for Medicare-Supported AIDS Healthcare Foundation to Spend Millions on Political Campaigns Unrelated to Healthcare

"In November, California voters will decide whether to re-write the law regarding home ownership and real estate investment in our state. To me, the most alarming aspect of Prop. 10 is not what it seeks to achieve – wiping out policy that has governed California rental property ownership for more than two decades – but [...]

2018-08-13T16:27:32+00:00August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Rent Control Fuels Costliest Fight on California 2018 Ballot

"A Los Angeles-based healthcare nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures is waging an expensive battle with the real estate industry over rent control in California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a November initiative it's spearheading to let cities and counties regulate rental fees in buildings that state law [...]

2018-08-13T11:41:41+00:00August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Berkeley Residents to Vote on New Rent Control Exemptions

"Berkeley residents may be able to set some of their own rent control rules if Californians vote to repeal the 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act in November. Costa Hawkins bars cities from imposing rent control on houses and condominiums as well as “new construction” — any housing built either after 1995 or after a city [...]

2018-08-13T11:11:50+00:00August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Why Rent Control Measure Won’t Help Housing Crisis

"California is in the clutches of a housing crisis, one that is making it more difficult for middle-class families to find a safe, affordable place to live. Unfortunately, Proposition 10 — the ballot measure that repeals the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, including protections for tenants and single-family homeowners — could make the housing crisis worse, [...]

2018-08-13T10:57:55+00:00August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, National Updates|

5,000 Signatures Submitted for Rent Control Referendum

"Activists on Monday, August 6, submitted over 5,000 signatures to place in support of a referendum that would ask voters to lift the ban on rent control in the Logan Square, Rogers Park and Uptown neighborhoods which face rapidly increasing rents that are forcing families and longtime residents out of their apartments. Activists say the [...]

2018-08-13T09:15:17+00:00August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Non On Prop 10 Committee Launches Aggressive Ethnic Community Outreach Effort

African American, Asian and Latino Community Voters the Focus of Multi-Million Dollar Education and Outreach Program SACRAMENTO, CA – The No on Prop 10 – A Flawed Initiative That Will Make the Housing Crisis Worse committee announced today that it has begun a multi-million-dollar outreach effort aimed at educating Latino, African American and Asian voters about [...]

2018-08-10T13:13:45+00:00August 10th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Businesses and Veterans Campaign Against Rent Control

California’s war of words continues over Proposition 10 and the possibility of expanding rent control in the state, with business interests and veterans of actual wars coming out against the measure. Proposition 10, which will be up for a vote on California’s November ballot, would eliminate the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and grant California cities broad new authority [...]

2018-08-10T08:55:52+00:00August 10th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Morena, Himmelrich and McKeown endorsed by SMRR (Santa Monicans for Renters Rights)

'The first set of official endorsements for the 2018 election season arrived this week with Santa Monicans for Renters Rights announcing their slate in several local races. SMRR endorsed Sue Himmelrich, Keven McKeown and Greg Morena for City Council. For School Board SMRR endorsed Laurie Lieberman, Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Craig Foster and Oscar de la Torre. [...]

2018-08-10T08:43:07+00:00August 10th, 2018|Local Updates, Santa Monica|