BREAKING: Richmond Rent Control Ordinance Suspended

Sean Pyles


Richmond’s Rent Control and Just Cause Eviction Ordinance was suspended Thursday after proponents of the rent control referendum submitted over 7,000 signatures -- nearly 3,000 more than required -- petitioning the ordinance to the Richmond City Clerk.

The submission of the signatures, which the County Elections Office has 30 business days to validate, suspends the ordinance one day before it was set to go into effect. Upon certification of the petition signatures, the Richmond City Council will decide to either repeal the ordinance, or let the voters decide the fate of the contentious ordinance with a special election in June 2016, or at the next regular municipal election in November 2016. 

Previously: Misinformation Rampant as Fight Over Rent Control Petition Heats Up



Photo: The Epoch Times

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  • John Knox
    commented 2015-09-06 10:57:43 -0700
    Obviously, if true, that was grossly improper. Good thing you looked at the petition itself and did not sign it given your position. Did you get the name, date, time and place? I think it is very likely that the vast majority of those who signed knew what they were signing, as it is not at all complicated. I also have no doubt there were some instances of signature gatherers not dong their job properly. Finely, I am sure that the proponents of rent control would do or say anything to keep this from getting to a vote.
  • Linette Young
    commented 2015-09-06 10:43:28 -0700
    When I was approached b y a petition gatherer to sign this petition, the person was telling me that this petition would expand rent control to include the newer buildings. If that isn’t misleading I don’t know what is. Personally I am in favor of rent control but I did not sign the petition even though it was sold to me that way. I was suspicious and apparently correct.
  • Rob Welch
    commented 2015-09-05 11:46:17 -0700
    The most misleading petition ever?
    Hardly. Back when signatures were being gathered to recall Grey Davis, petitioners outside of the local Target and Safeway could be heard loudly calling upon people to ’ support teachers and nurses!’ I’m not defending the practice, but it isn’t anything new by any means. Note that Davis subsequently lost his vote of confidence. The response of the RPA and their supporters to this petition further demonstrates their willingness to choose to be in denial rather than accept that perhaps they made a mistake and that a considerable number of others have a valid point of view that does not coincide with their own.
  • Veronica Keeton
    commented 2015-09-04 15:38:19 -0700
    Apparently over 7,000 residents (4,100 needed for the referendum) disagreed with the actions of the RPA +1 (4) members of the Richmond City Council, myself included. Their decision was made without a vote from the residents of Richmond. Also, the fact that petition signatures were collected in a week makes a statement. There is nothing misleading about that. People have spoken and said, repeal it or put it on a ballot. This is a democracy, let the people vote.
  • John Knox
    commented 2015-09-04 12:38:21 -0700
    How is it that putting the ordinance to a vote of the people is misleading? Seems pretty straightforward to me?
  • Linette Young
    commented 2015-09-04 12:31:46 -0700
    The most misleading petition drive ever. Can’t wait for the city council meeting where this is addressed.
  • Tony Mendicino
    followed this page 2015-09-04 09:27:50 -0700
  • John Knox
    commented 2015-09-04 07:54:57 -0700
    Back when I was at college in Berkeley (I won’t say how long ago, but quite a while), the radicals ran the town. Not only did they push rent control and all manner of meaningless “foreign policy” of the city, they even entertained ideas like capping the sales prices on homes so that more people could afford to buy. That rule, thankfully, never passed, but there were those seriously arguing for it. This group running Richmond is at last as far left as those in Berkeley at the time, and who knows what they will dream up next.
  • Sederia Wesson
    commented 2015-09-04 02:08:07 -0700
    Can you believe this, I didn’t sign any Petitions to Reverse the Decision for Rent Control, but I did sign the Petitions for Rent Control and Just Cause for Evictions….
    So who Signatures did they get????
  • Rob Welch
    commented 2015-09-03 18:55:52 -0700
    Now where do I sign the RPA recall petition? I voted for the RPA for years. I trusted them. But I found their behavior on rent control quite disturbing. Statements by their own members demonstrated their lack of understanding about how the rental market works, and the consequences of their proposals. Nonetheless they completely ignored the advice of those who do understand and/or have actual experience. People like the City Manager for example. Or Mayor Butt. We didn’t even get the opportunity to hear his suggestions. In fact, the RPA did all they could to shut him and anyone else who had different opinions up. In their zeal to punish the evil doers,they have become nothing more than a left wing version of the Republican Party. We know that the RPA has more than just rent control in mind. Next they will force you to participate in Section 8, and force you to rent to criminals as well. I did not vote for that. I have come to see that my trust was misplaced and will never again vote for anyone associated with the RPA. They cannot be trusted with political power. I wonder how many other Richmond voters feel the same way. Bring on the recall petition.
  • Stan Niedzwiedz
    commented 2015-09-03 15:38:15 -0700
    Wow !
    7,000 votes against RPA rent control.
    That is almost twice the number of votes each of the RPA candidates got in the last election to the City Council.
    That makes me think …………..
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