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San Jose Rejects Stronger Rent Control

On Tuesday November 14 the San Jose City Council voted 6-5 to reject a proposal to strengthen the city’s weak rent control rules, which cap annual rent increases to 5 percent on the city’s 44,359 apartment units occupied before September 1979. San Jose’s own Housing Department staff and Housing and…

Hopes For Rent Stabilization Dim in San Mateo

The re-election of San Mateo City Council incumbents Joe Goethals and Rick Bonilla and the election of Planning Commissioner Eric Rodriguez on Tuesday November 7 to the City Council marks yet another major setback for proponents of rent control in San Mateo. All three winning candidates previously professed opposition to capping…

Rent Control Flops in Pacifica

Measure C, which would have established rent control on an estimated 2,288 apartment units in Pacifica was rejected yesterday with a convincing 62 percent of the city’s electorate voting “no”. 8,253 total votes were cast. The ordinance, entitled the Pacifica Community Preservation, Rent Stabilization, and Renters’ Rights Act, was modeled on rent…

Rent Control Rejected in Palo Alto

A memo penned by Palo Alto City Council members Tom DuBois, Lydia Kou, and Karen Holman proposing that rent stabilization and other renter protections be studied was widely panned by fellow city council members and the public on Monday October 16. The initiative failed to attract the support of any…

Redwood City Rallies for Rent Control

Dozens of Redwood City residents and visitors from nearby descended on the City Council meeting on Monday September 25, demanding that the city cap annual rent increases as East Palo Alto, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and other Bay Area cities currently do. Rent Control NOW! “We will adjourn…

Voters Approve Rent Control in Richmond and Mountain View

In last Tuesday’s elections, voters in Richmond and Mountain View approved ballot measures to stabilize rents on older apartment units, while rent control ballot measures in Alameda, San Mateo, and Burligame failed. Voters in Oakland approved Measure JJ, which strengthens the city’s existing rent stabilization ordinance. All six measures faced strong opposition…