Signature-gathering underway for rent control measure in National City

An effort to place rent control before National City voters this November has entered the signature-gathering phase.

The city attorney for National City recently gave petitioners the green light to begin circulating a petition for a measure titled the National City Rent Control and Community Stabilization Ordinance.

Tenant advocates filed the initiative with the city clerk in early March and have been working for some time to launch their signature-gathering campaign.

The California Apartment Association is organizing housing providers and industry partners to defeat any rent control measure that may appear before voters.

Price controls on the housing market have been proven failures wherever implemented. Like in other jurisdictions, rent control in National City, a medium-sized city between San Diego and Chula Vista, would cause far more harm than good.

National City joins several other Southern California cities where tenant activists are pursuing rent control via the ballot box. Just this week, tenant activists in Santa Ana filed preliminary paperwork to place rent control before city voters in November. Efforts to place rent control on the ballot are also underway in Glendale, Inglewood, Long Beach and Pasadena.

At the same time, tenant operatives are attempting to qualify a statewide ballot measure to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that protects property owners and renters from radical, local rent control measures.

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