Alameda group seeks to place rent control measure on November ballot

Alameda renters protesting rising rents at a
rally in front of City Hall last year.

ALAMEDA | A day before the Alameda City Council is set to finalize approval for a modest set of new protections for struggling renters, a local grassroots organization will present a ballot measure Monday asking voters for stronger controls on rising rents.

“We are filing this initiative so the people of Alameda can do what its City Council has been unable to do: enact a firm set of laws to stabilize our community and protect renters from greedy investors,” said Catherine Pauling, spokesperson for the Alameda Renters Coalitions.

The group will hold a press conference to discuss the measure Monday afternoon in front of City Hall at 3:30 p.m. The measure likely includes tying annual rent increases to the Consumer Price Index.

If supports can gather nearly 4,000 signatures over the next few months, the measure will be placed on the November ballot, proponents said.

Renters came away disappointed following the City Council’s initial passage of a rent ordinance Feb. 16 that requires landlords to submit rent increases over five percent to the city’s rent review process and compensation for moving costs upon eviction.

The ordinance, which will have a second and final reading Tuesday night, though, contains no cap on rent increases or restrictions on no cause evictions, two issues routinely raised by the renters group.

If the rent control measure is successful in getting on the November ballot, it will join nearby Richmond, which, like Alameda, will likely face a highly contentious campaign for rent control in that East Bay city.

Categories: Alameda, Alameda Renters Coalition, Catherine Pauling, November election, ordinance, rent control, rising rents

5 replies

  1. By MW:

    While most younger people could get a second job in response to higher prices caused by inflation, however I wish I knew of a solution for those who are older and/or retired, and many of whom are also weak and/or disabled, when faced with rising prices for essentials, and including skyrocketing rent.

    However price controls, and including rent controls, in the long run will only make things much worse. And as far as the disastrous situation we are already in, AND WHICH IN THE COMING DECADES WILL GET STILL MANY TIMES WORSE, for that you can thank the politicians, and especially the liberals, and including for their beyond insane idea of taking us totally off the gold standard.

    Since now we are just trading totally worthless paper, and although they call it money, back and forth that is backed by absolutely nothing.

    So if you think the inflation rates we have already experienced over the last few decades have been bad, just wait, SINCE WHEN IT COMES TO INFLATION YOU HAVE NOT SEEN NOTHING YET.

    For instance, one of my neighbors bought his house a few decades for about 23K, and now it would sell for about 500K. However the price of his house has not really gone up, and it definitely is not more valuable than when he bought it a few decades ago, IT IS JUST THAT UNITED STATES MONEY HAS BECOME EVEN MANY TIMES MORE WORTHLESS, and that is why it would now take 500K or more in useless and worthless monopoly money to buy a small, simple, and basic house that a few decades ago could have been bought for 25K or less.


  2. Alameda's March 1 rent ordinance is window dressing. it gives only the appearance of renter protection, giving them a false sense of security while putting landlords even more firmly in control.

    It's exactly what would be expected from a City Council packed with lawyers whose client list is packed with landlords. Lawyer legerdemain–something that looks like one thing, but is actually the opposite.

    The Renter Coalition's Feb 29 ballot measure will plug the loopholes and provide REAL CHANGE.

    Here's a comparison…

     The Measure is Permanent; an Ordinance the City Council can withdraw at any time
     Rents are Capped, whereas the Ordinance's “Trigger” can allow unlimited rent increases
     The Ordinance means going before a tribunal of appointees for relief. Who has that kind of time?

     The Measure ties rents to the CPI — a rational basis vs the Ordinance' arbitrary 5% (or more)
     The Measure is based on a broad survey of California municipal best practices.
     The Ordinance has loopholes — like the Fixed-Term Lease
     The Measure has Homeowner protections.

     Spiraling rents starve the local economy by siphoning off disposable income
     Spiraling rents destabilize the community by driving out established citizens
     Eventually, it could be YOU who EVICTED.

    REMEMBER: What the Council gives it can take away, as just happened in Richmond, where residents are filling a ballot measure to reinstate the previous renter protection ordinance. .


  3. By MW:

    In regard to the second paragraph of the above post of 9:43AM, how dare you make an insulting comment about the sleaziest major mafia of all time, in other words the modern United States legal profession.

    For instance except for the fact that the overwhelming majority of lawyers are guilty of at least a few of the following, in other words being: one, professional pathological liars; and/or two, drug addicts; and/or three, extreme alcoholics; and/or four, embezzlers and money launderers; and/or five, arrangers of illegal backroom fixes in exchange for under the table bribes – lawyers are wonderful people.

    For more details, contact the California State Bar, in other words the totally corrupt organization that pretends to: one, monitor and regulate California's lawyers; and two, to exist primarily for the purpose of protecting the general public from crooked and incompetent lawyers.


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