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December 13, 2018

News Update from December 11 City Council Meeting

 At the council’s 7PM session, the three new councilmembers, the Vice Mayor, and the Mayor were sworn in.  While the evening was focused on ceremony, the new council did vote for two actions, both of which will appear on their agenda Tuesday, January 8, 2019

  • directed staff to prepare a report about convening a community task force on rent control/tenant protection
  • scheduled a discussion of new eviction protections to replace those that disappeared when the rent freeze lapsed 

The MHJ coalition campaigned for Prop. 10 (return local control to rent-controlled cities) which passed in the city by over 50%. MHJ also lent support to Measure H (affordable housing), supported by 2/3 of city voters. MHJ’s “Campaign for Measure M” (rent control) suffered from a rushed campaign timeline. Despite gathering over 11,000 signatures in just under 3 months to place it on the ballot, the late beginning coupled with a million-dollar opposition spelled its demise, for now. Newly-elected councilmembers Justin Cummings and Drew Glover supported Measure M rent control. MHJ supports a city council-led effort to foster a broad community dialogue aimed at developing rent control, tenant protections, and affordable housing policies that are amenable to the majority of Santa Cruz residents. Movement for Housing Justice (MHJ) is a coalition of Santa Cruz groups working to organize tenants for political action on housing issues in Santa Cruz City and County. Meetings are run as a safe space for renters. Meeting schedule for 2019 will be publicized at the following links:

directed staff to prepare a report about convening a community task force on rent control/tenant protections·      scheduled a discussion of new eviction protections to replace those that disappeared when the rent freeze lapsed The MHJ coalition campaigned for Prop. 10 (return local control to rent-controlled cities) which passed in the city by over 50%. MHJ also lent support to Measure H (affordable housing), supported by 2/3 of city voters. MHJ’s “Campaign for Measure M” (rent control) suffered from a rushed campaign timeline. Despite gathering over 11,000 signatures in just under 3 months to place it on the ballot, the late beginning coupled with a million-dollar opposition spelled its demise, for now. Newly-elected councilmembers Justin Cummings and Drew Glover supported Measure M rent control. MHJ supports a city council-led effort to foster a broad community dialogue aimed at developing rent control, tenant protections, and affordable housing policies that are amenable to the majority of Santa Cruz residents. Movement for Housing Justice (MHJ) is a coalition of Santa Cruz groups working to organize tenants for political action on housing issues in Santa Cruz City and County. Meetings are run as a safe space for renters. Meeting schedule for 2019 will be publicized at the following links:

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