Signature Effort to Repeal ‘Rushed’ Santa Ana Rent Control Ordinance Ends

The effort to repeal a new rent control ordinance in Santa Ana has officially ended without any signatures being submitted, the Santa Ana for Fair and Equitable Housing (SAFE Housing) announced Nov. 22. After the Santa Ana city council passed Orange County’s first rent control ordinance Oct. 19, SAFE Housing attempted to gather signatures to launch a ballot initiative, which would allow residents to reevaluate and vote on the matter. “We believed in the democratic process of letting Santa Ana voters make an informed decision about the policy that the City Council passed in the middle of the night,” said Victor Cao, a spokesperson for SAFE Housing. “However, we have ended our effort and will not be submitting signatures that we have gathered.” The organization did not specify why the signatures were not submitted. The ordinance, which took effect on Nov. 19, restricts landlords from raising the rent by more than 3 percent …

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