Glendale Tenants Union, a radical tenants rights advocacy group, has failed to collect barely less than half of the required signatures to get rent control on the November 2018 ballot. Glendale joins a list of other cities like Pasadena, Long Beach, Inglewood, and Santa Ana which have also failed to garner the required number of signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot. Here is a partial list of their onerous demands...
On Monday, the Glendale City Clerk deemed 3,988 signatures collected by the Glendale Tenants Union (GTU) “insufficient.” He said, “The CA Elections Code requires a specific number of minimum signatures for us to move ahead to the next steps of this process”... “The initiators of this effort did not meet that threshold, and therefore this specific process as it pertains to this proposed initiative is now considered over.” The GTU, which needed 10,529 valid signatures to qualify for the general election, is the latest to fall short in attempts to force a rent control initiative onto a local ballot. The GTU's 34-page list of unviable proposals stood to cripple the local Glendale economy by
The aforementioned is a mere sliver of the extensive list of reckless proposals by the GTU and its virulent outlook on the economic vitality of the City of Glendale. The full text of the proposal is attached here.
In May, officials with the Pasadena Tenants Union (PTU) also came up short in its efforts to get a rent control initiative on the November ballot. In May, the group had collected 8,679 signatures, with 12,300 valid signatures required, according to City Clerk Mark Jomsky.
Proposition 10 on Nov ballot
One month later, the Secretary of State’s Office reported that backers of Proposition 10, an initiative that would repeal the Costa Hawkins Act of 1995 prohibiting cities from enacting their own rent-control laws, had collected far more signatures than needed to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. Organizers collected nearly 600,000 signatures, with 365,880 valid signatures required. More information is available at noprop10.org
What next? Go to City Council...
The GTU will now attempt to force the Glendale City Council to adopt their measure — calling for a 4 percent a year cap on rents and a creation of a board to oversee compliance — and are planning a rally at the next upcoming City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to demand their support. “We calculated that we’d need $60,000 worth of time and money to collect enough signatures just to ask the voters a question,” said a GTU organizer. In a sigh of desperation, he said, “If the City Council fails us again, we will launch another petition..." A majority vote of City Council is required in order to force the Glendale City Council to adopt the draconian GTU measure.
SOURCE: City of Glendale @ GlendaleVotes.org