Prop 10 Contains Unusual Provision Putting Future Litigation Costs on California Taxpayers

"Prop. 10 is the ballot measure for rent control—government control over property.  Worse, it says the State will pay for the defense of the measure if challenged in court.  Actually that is the responsibility of government to defend ballot measures passed by the public. Yet, Prop. 187—in re: illegal aliens and Prop. 8, defense of [...]

2018-09-07T09:50:41-07:00September 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Rent Control Harms the People It’s Intended to Help

"If voters across California pass Proposition 10 in November, every homeowner in San Diego with a single-family home, condo or townhouse would be open to local rent control policies. Housing groups are championing the ballot measure, but by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a 1995 state law that limits municipalities’ control over rents, Prop. 10 is poised [...]

2018-08-22T09:13:34-07:00August 22nd, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates, National Updates|

Plan to Demolish Rent-Controlled Units for Affordable Housing in Westlake Sparks Backlash

Housing groups are criticizing a developer’s plan to displace dozens of residents from rent-controlled bungalows in the working-class neighborhood of Westlake to make way for a $64-million affordable housing project. Nonprofit developer Abode Communities is seeking to build a 100-unit affordable housing project on Grand View Street, near MacArthur Park. The developer plans to demolish [...]

2018-08-16T11:34:18-07:00August 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

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|

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. [...]

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

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|

Real Estate Firms Dig Deep to Fund Fight Against Rent Control

"In the fight against rent control, real estate firms are not holding back. Opponents of the Proposition 10 measure have contributed over $21 million to fight a November ballot measure that could expand rent control across California, Curbed reported. Western National Group, an Irvine-based real estate investment firm, contributed over $3.7 million. Essex Property Trust, [...]

2018-08-09T09:11:55-07:00August 9th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|