California’s Rental Affordability Act Heading to Nov. Ballot!

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L.A., OAKLAND & SAN DIEGO Ballot Qualification Parties & Press Conferences


Monday, February 3rd, event: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (press remarks: 6:00 p.m.)


Secretary of State’s office verifies enough voter signatures by random sample of 1 million submitted in December to certify a state ballot initiative that will allow for expansion of rent control in California


 “The Affordable Housing Revolution Has Begun!”


LOS ANGELES (February 2, 2020) On Monday, February 3, 2020 a coalition of California renters, tenant advocates, elected officials and social justice organizations will host a trio of ballot qualification parties and press conferences in Los Angeles, Oakland and San Diego to announce and celebrate certification of voter signatures in support of a proposed ballot initiative that will allow for expansion of rent control in California.


Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office is expected to announce Monday[1] via email that enough voter signatures were verified by random sample to advance the measure for ultimate placement on the November 2020 ballot.  On December 5th, advocates submitted nearly one million voter signatures, far more than the number needed[2], to qualify the Rental Affordability Act.



BALLOT QUALIFICATION PARTIES & PRESS CONFERENCES Announcing certification of voter signatures for the Rental Affordability Act

(1M signatures submitted in Dec 2019)


WHEN:       MON., FEB. 3, 2020—5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  ALL locations

                        (press remarks at 6:00 p.m. in ALL locations)


WHERE:        LOS ANGELES          OAKLAND                              SAN DIEGO

RAA Campaign HQ      Out of the Closet Thrift Store  Fair@44th Park

6500 Sunset Blvd.         238 E. 18 St.                              4350 El Cajon Blvd.

Los Angeles 90028       Oakland 94606                          San Diego 92105


WHO:               LOS ANGELES:

Rene Moya, Director, Housing Is A Human Right and

Campaign Director, Rental Affordability Act (RAA) ballot measure

Michael Weinstein, President, AHF

Hon. Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Council Member

Hon. Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Council Member

Hon. Sue Himmelrich, Santa Monica City Council Member

Elena Popp, Executive Director, Eviction Defense Network

Larry Gross, Executive Director, Coalition for Economic Survival

Zerita Jones, Los Angeles Tenants’ Union, Inglewood Chapter

Other Speakers TBD


NOTE: L.A. NEWS DESKS & B-ROLL: Go LIVE from Sunset Blvd event with legendary artist Barbara Kruger’s latest word mural WHO IS HOUSED WHEN MONEY TALKS?” (painted on RAA HQ building) as a backdrop.


WHO:               OAKLAND:

Jesse Brooks, Community Activist & AHF Mobilizer

Soli Alpert, elected member of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board

Dr. Demisha Burns, WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases)

Miki Jackson, Housing Is A Human Right

Other Speakers TBD


WHO:               SAN DIEGO:

Rafael Bautista, San Diego Tenants’ Union

Joaquin Vasquez, Candidate for California’s 53rd Congressional District

Susan Hunter, Housing Is A Human Right and Los Angeles Tenants’ Union, Hollywood Chapter

Other Speakers TBD



Los Angeles                   Oakland                                   San Diego

Ged Kenslea                            Miki Jackson                                    Susan Hunter                           

AIDS Healthcare Foundation     Housing is a Human Right                      Housing is a Human Right

[email protected]                [email protected]                [email protected]

(323) 791-5526 cell                   (323) 855-0764 cell                             (949) 295-0206 cell


Housing Is A Human Right (HHR), the housing advocacy division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), and the leading sponsor of the RAA, is also very excited to announce the endorsement of the Rental Affordability Act by a suite of California’s most well regarded tenant advocacy and social justice organizations, including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), the Eviction Defense Network (EDN) and the Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles (DSA-LA).


When passed, The Rental Affordability Act will remove current restrictions in state law, giving cities and counties the power to implement and expand rent control policies that limit how much rents can increase each year. It would allow local communities to:


  •   Expand rent control to more buildings while exempting newly constructed buildings.
  •   Exempts Single-Family homeowners who own up to two homes.
  •   Allow limits on rent increases when a new renter moves in.


“Now that our ballot initiative signatures have been certified, it’s onward and upward to November,” said René Christian Moya, Housing Is A Human Right and Rental Affordability Act Campaign Director. “While the national real estate industry is gearing up to spend untold millions against the Rental Affordability Act here in California, our campaign is rallying a broad, statewide grassroots coalition of working-class renters and their advocates. We look forward to the fight ahead, and to passing the Rental Affordability Act in November.”


“With the defeat of the deeply flawed SB 50 in Sacramento last week and now, the certification of our Rental Affordability Act ballot measure signatures, the affordable housing revolution has begun!” proclaimed Michael Weinstein, President of AHF, the organization sponsoring the initiative. “Housing affordability and homelessness are the most pressing social justice and public health emergencies in our time, especially in California. We’ll face a tough road ahead but are ready for the fight—and victory!—for all Californians and for housing affordability in November.”


The Rental Affordability Act is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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[1] Feb 3, 2020 is the state’s statutory reporting deadline for certification based on the original 12/5/19 submission date of voter signatures.

[2] Signatures of 623,212 California voters are needed to qualify the measure. (For random sample qualification, that number is 685,534).


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