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California Progressives Think That Price Controls Will Fix the State’s Housing Shortage, But It Will Do Immeasurable Damage to the State

"After debating rent control in Santa Monica on Monday with a leader of a liberal community group, I was left thinking about a great quotation from a famous left-wing Californian, author Upton Sinclair: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” In this case, Santa Monica [...]

2018-08-16T11:22:59-07:00August 16th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National 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 [...]

2018-08-15T08:37:22-07:00August 15th, 2018|Local 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, [...]

2018-08-13T10:57:55-07:00August 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 [...]

2018-08-13T09:15:17-07:00August 13th, 2018|Advocacy, Local 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 [...]

2018-08-10T08:55:52-07:00August 10th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Glendale Tenants Union Latest to fail in Collecting Enough Signatures to Get Rent Control on November Ballot

"Another local rent control effort has come up short on the required number of signatures to qualify for the November ballot. On Monday, the Glendale City Clerk deemed 4,000 signatures collected by the Glendale Tenants Union (GTU) “insufficient.” The GTU, which needed 10,529 valid signatures to qualify for the general election, is the latest to [...]

2018-08-09T16:24:57-07:00August 9th, 2018|Advocacy, Glendale|

Rent Control Foes Hire California NAACP Leader After Her Group Opposes Initiative

"The president of the California NAACP has long resisted criticism that she melds the group’s interests with those of her political consulting firm, which takes in large fees for working on campaigns that the civil rights organization backs. Critics say Alice Huffman is doing it again on what is shaping up to be one of [...]

2018-08-09T16:13:59-07:00August 9th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

AIDS Group Kicks in $10 Million More to Expand Rent Control

"The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has contributed an additional $10 million to Yes on 10, the coalition supporting a November ballot measure that would let California cities to impose stricter rent control laws. The Los Angeles foundation had previously donated $2.2 million to the campaign. The only other two contributors to the campaign — unions representing [...]

2018-08-09T10:52:49-07:00August 9th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Costa Hawkins, California’s Rent Control Law, Explained

"Supporters of a state ballot initiative to expand rent control options for cities across California announced Monday they had gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot. If passed, the measure would repeal the 1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which sets limits on the kind of rent control policies cities are [...]

2018-08-08T08:47:13-07:00August 8th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Rent Control Campaign Increases Funds Sixfold in One Day

"Last Friday, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) announced a $10 million donation to the primary yes on Proposition 10 campaign, almost five times as much money as the Coalition for Affordable Housing had previously raised all year. In a press release, AHF President Michael Weinstein said, “We know we will be significantly outspent by [...]

2018-08-07T12:33:44-07:00August 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|