|(Jan. 12, 2018) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that on January 12, 2018, supporters of a petition-initiative Long Beach rent control ballot measure (Josh Butler, Karen Reside and Martha Cota) submitting the text of a proposed measure to the City Clerk and requested that the City Attorney prepare a ballot title and summary.
Assuming the text submitted provides a sufficient basis to do so, the City Attorney has 15 days to prepare a ballot title and summary.
The proponents then must comply with a number of Elections Code requirements prior to circulating the petition and gather a sufficient number of registered voter signatures to place it on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
The proponents have to collect and submit roughly roughly 27,000 signatures of Long Beach registered voters (10% of city's registered voter total) within 180 days. If they do so, their ballot measure text would be placed on the November 6, 2018 LB city ballot, and if approved by a majority of Long Beach voters, would become the law in the City of Long Beach.
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|The text submitted by the proponents isn't immediately available; when LBREPORT.com obtains a copy, we'll publish it.
In a "Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition" filed with the City Clerk in November, the proponents stated their intention to circulate a petition for the purpose of establishing a Long Beach ordinance "that enacts rent control, a Rent Board, and just cause eviction requirements."
Caveat: We don't know at this point to what extent the proponents' November 2017 text below -- which the City Attorney deemed insufficient for a ballot title/summary as it wasn't in formal ordinance form -- reflects the ordinance text submitted by the proponents for a City Attorney ballot title/summary on Jan. 12, 2018
In materials submitted in November 2017, the proponent said their proposed LB rent control ordinance:
The Notice of Intention recites that ordinance would "exempt from rent control units exempt under the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act."
In November, "Housing Long Beach's Facebook postings invited the conclusion that it anticipates repeal of the 1995 statewide Costa-Hawkins Act, a state law that currently blunts the effectiveness of local rent control measures. A bill (AB 1506) in the state legislature to repeal Costa-Hawkins stalled in 2017 and stalled again in a Jan. 11, 2018 meeting of the Assembly's Housing and Development Committee (failing passage by a single vote: 3 votes yes, 2 votes no, 2 members not voting.) That means AB 1506's author will either have to convince a Committee member to change his/her vote or the author will have to agree to make some amendment(s) to the bill in hopes of gaining that vote to advance through the Committee.
However a statewide petition-initiated ballot measure is separately advancing to repeal Costa-Hawkins, and if its proponents collect sufficient statewide signatures, CA voters will decide on the November 2018 statewide ballot whether to repeal Costa-Hawkins. Doing so would effectively let cities (by their City Councils or by local voter initiated measures) decide whether to have rent control, and if so in what forms, in their city..
If Costa-Hawkins is repealed, and if the LB rent control initiative petition gathers sufficient signatures, Long Beach voters (in a city with a population of roughly 60% renters) would decide on rent control regardless of what Long Beach's Mayor supports or opposes or what a City Council majority does or doesn't do.
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