Rent Control

Efforts to put a rent control initiative on the November ballot have fallen short in Santa Rosa. Organizers did not gather a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters. Rent control was one of many subjects at a recent meeting of the Alliance for a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery.

Reporter Adia White tells us more about the hopes of several speakers at the event, who believed that rent control might have helped residents who struggle to stay in the area after the recent wildfires.

California Update for Monday, July 23, 2018

Jul 23, 2018

• Ballot measure campaigns to repeal the gas tax and to make it easier for cities to expand rent control are raising millions of dollars in contributions. We’ll take a look at the early cash haul.

• California’s unemployment rate remains at a record low of 4.2 percent in the latest jobs report out Friday. But a closer look shows 2018 has not exactly been a banner year for the state’s labor market.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols and Ben Adler.

California Update for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018

• After a noisy push for single-payer health care divided California Democrats last year and spawned months of hearings and discussions, the new state budget contains little to mark that debate.


• A voter initiative that would repeal California's rent control law, and allow cities to craft their own, more expansive rent control rules, has qualified for the November ballot.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, January 12, 2018

Jan 12, 2018
Sally Schilling / Capital Public Radio

• A bill that would have expanded the use of rent control in California fell one vote shy of passing the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.

• Three California gas-fired energy plants could be replaced with giant batteries. The proposal calls for PG&E to find clean energy alternatives for two Calpine-owned gas-fired plants in Sutter County and one in San Jose.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ezra David Romero.

Adrienne Lauby
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Today, we’re returning to a meeting held November 27 that focused on two issues: rental housing and homelessness. At Christ Church United Methodist on Monday, several dozen people, including elected officials and housing advocates, sought solutions to elements of the housing crisis that were made worse by the North Bay fires.

Measure C Fails, Leah Gold Wins in Special Elections

Jun 6, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

Record spending by outside business interests dominated yesterday’s special election in Sonoma County, but Santa Rosa’s Measure C was not the day’s only story. 

Voter turnout was low yesterday with just 40 thousand ballots cast, nearly three-quarters of them in Santa Rosa. See the final totals here.

Tiffany Camhi

After nearly a year of numerous reports and public meetings, Santa Rosa is making another move towards imposing rent control. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports Santa Rosa city council voted four to three to begin drafting a rent stabilization program.