|(July 10, 2018) -- This afternoon (July 10) Housing Long Beach issued a statement (text in full below) indicating it is suspending its effort to collect sufficient petition initiative signatures to put a Long Beach rent control/just cause eviction ordinance on the ballot. The group vowed to "regroup" and said the "fight is not over" although the "strategies and tactics will change." It added: "For now, we change gears, as it has widely been reported that rent control will not appear on the ballot in Long Beach this November. This does not mean we are ending our fight for rent control and eviction protections or the fight against displacement." It added that the group is also "developing plans for the 2020 ballot."
Housing Long Beach's statement took a verbal swing at unnamed City officials [unclear if elected or staff or both]. "We've also seen City Hall align against renters." it said, adding "We've also learned some key and valuable lessons in this process as well as the amount of resources that will be needed to push Long Beach over the top." Mayor Garcia and all Council incumbents have publicly indicated that they don't support rent control.
However the group's initiative petition also sought to create local requirements for "just-cause evictions," provisions that typically include provisions restricting allowable grounds for a property owner to remove/replace tenants and/or require the payment of sizable sums to remove/replace tenants. Thus far, no LB Council incumbent has agendized the issue of "just cause evictions" for Council consideration (where a Council majority, subject to a Mayoral veto requiring a 2/3 Council override, could enact such measures.)
LBREPORT.com provides the full text of the statement by "Housing Long Beach," followed by a statement in response from "Long Beach Residents for Fair Housing" (which opposed the rent control/just cause eviction petition initiative.)
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[From Housing Long Beach Facebook page] After careful consideration and multiple rounds of deliberations, the #RentControlNow Coalition has decided to suspend the current signature campaign.
Responding to today's development, Mike Murchison (spokesman for the opposition group LB Residents for Fair Housing), isued the following statement:
The special interest group behind the effort to put a proposed rent control ordinance before voters announced today that it had given up its attempt to gather signatures due to a lack of support. Housing Long Beach announced in an email to supporters that it had ‘suspended' its signature gathering campaign due to ‘insurmountable obstacles.'
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