Friday, January 5, 2018

Remember when rent control advocates said Costa-Hawkins would never be repealed?

Appeal of Costa-Hawkins Rent Control on Horizon

California state law bans local governments from imposing rent control on any new apartment construction. The law — the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act — defines new construction as dwellings with certificates of occupancy issued after Feb. 1, 1995. 
Costa-Hawkins also prohibits regulating rents on single-family dwellings and individually owned condominiums and townhouses 
Moves to repeal this law have appeared on two fronts: one in the State Assembly, the other as an initiative to place the appeal on the November 2018 ballot. 
Assembly Bill (AB) 1506 would flat-out kill the law, called the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.  The ballot initiative, known as the “Affordable Housing Act,” would also spell the end for the law.
Last February, Bonta joined Assemblymembers David Chiu and Richard Bloom in introducing Assembly Bill (AB) 1506. “The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act prescribes statewide limits on the application of local rent control with regard to certain properties. This bill would repeal that act,” the Legislative Counsel Digest advised. 
The Digest also says what happened: “Appropriation: No: Fiscal Committee: No; Local Program: No.” The bill never made it to the Assembly floor. 
Proponents of the measure to repeal Costa-Hawkins, called the “Affordable Housing Act,” will soon begin circulating petitions to qualify the initiative for the November 2018 ballot. 
“Rents for housing have skyrocketed in recent years, they said in the Oct. 23 filing.” Median rents are higher in California than any other state in the country, and among all 50 states.”
In addition, advocates for overturning Costa-Hawkins point out that the federal government considers rent as not affordable if renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on that expense. 
Posted by Steve Sinai


Anonymous said...

"Remember when they said Costa-Hawkins will never be repealed?"

No, I don't, because nobody said that.

What has been correctly pointed out is that even if Costa-Hawkins is repealed it would not change the fact that Measure C explicitly excluded single family homes and only a separate measure voted on by Pacifica voters could change that, regardless of Costa-Hawkins.

Anonymous said...

10:00 You are either Cynthia Kaufman or you are Deidre Martian. If you're not, and youe are just one of their puppet wannabes, know this. You are destroying Pacifica, poisoning the public discourse with your commie propaganda and perverting our sacred right to a free and honest election.
The jig is up. More and more people are opening their eyes to your rotten agenda and will most certainly change the council majority to put a stop to you.

Anonymous said...

But since the real estate industry spent so much money to defeat Measure C and lied like a rug throughout the campaign, what they get in response is a campaign to repeal Costa-Hawkins.

Anonymous said...

And how long would that take to be on the ballot once repealed? My guess is not very long!!

Champagne wishes and Caviar Dreams said...


The gang of no owns you, and controls your mind. We have held Pacifica in a sleeper hold for 35+ years.

Deal with it. We run this down.

A Winner said...

12:52, understand, proponents of Measure C lost there ass in November. All your claims don't change that. Both sides can claim foul and who gives a rat's ass. Property owners will protect their rights. Go back to the drawing board.

Steve Sinai said...

"No, I don't, because nobody said that."

You were not paying attention. Many proponents of Measure C said Costa-Hawkins would never be repealed. Others acknowledged that it could be repealed, but then dishonestly suggested that would never affect Pacifica.

Anonymous said...

"Many proponents of Measure C said Costa-Hawkins would never be repealed."

Cite one example.

"Others acknowledged that it could be repealed, but then dishonestly suggested that would never affect Pacifica."

Dishonestly? What was dishonest was claiming (as Sue Vaterlaus did repeatedly) that if Costga-Hawkins was repealed the city council could unilaterally change Measure C to include single family homes. The California constitution dictates that the only way to change a public vote is with a new public vote.

Anonymous said...

Give it up already you commie. You want everything given to you as long as someone else has to pay for it.

Steve Sinai said...

@6:20 -

"The chances of California voting to repeal CH is close to nil. They probably won't even get it on the ballot."

Anonymous said...

"The chances of California voting to repeal CH is close to nil. They probably won't even get it on the ballot."

An anonymous comment from FixPacifica, is that the best you can do? There's no way of knowing if the poster is a "rent control advocate".

At any rate, that anonymous poster was right, CH's repeal has been scrapped.

So, in review, no actual advocates of rent control claimed CH woudn't be repealed, but if they had they would have been correct.