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Outcomes of March 20, 2017 Community Meeting on Renters' Concerns

Materials from the
Community Meeting on Renters' Concerns 
Additional Materials 
Meeting Agenda California Dept. of Housing and Development Statewide Housing Assessment
Audio Recording of the Meeting
City Presentation California Legislative Analysts Office Report: Perspectives on Helping Low-Income Californians  Afford Housing
Presentation Slides by Housing Rights Center
Presentation Slides by California Apartment Association
 Response to Questions Community Mtg Rent Concerns  

On Monday, March 20, 2017 the South Pasadena City Council Ad-Hoc Committee on Rent Stabilization held a Community Meeting on Renters Concerns at the Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street. Over 90 individuals attended the meeting, where renters, property owners, and other community members discussed concerns on the costs of renting and owning rental properties in South Pasadena.

Organized Constituent Groups

The Ad-Hoc Committee invited multiple housing and advocacy groups who had previously expressed interest to present their views on the matter. While the South Pasadena Tenants Union, a local advocacy group in favor of rent control and other policies, chose to not participate, representatives from the following groups provided formal presentations:

  1. Chancela Al-Mansour, Executive Director of the Housing Rights Center, a non-profit that provides local residents with fair housing education and tenant/landlord mediation services.
  2. Beverly Kenworthy, Vice President of Public Affairs for the California Apartment Association
  3. Fred Sutton, Director of Government Affairs for the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles
  4. Laura Olhasso, Government Affairs Director of the Pasadena Foothill Association of Realtors

An audio recording of the comments made by members of the public to the Ad-Hoc Committee and the presentation materials from the presenters is available to the right.

Additionally, ten individuals spoke and fourteen questions were submitted to the Ad-Hoc Committee. Responses to these questions are available to the right.

Next Steps

The Ad-Hoc Committe will compile and review the input received from the meeting, and provide an update to the City Council within the coming months. Following this report, the Ad-Hoc Committee will provide a formal recommendation to the wider Council later this year. If you wish to receive advanced notification of when these meetings will take place, please notify Chris Castruita, staff liaison to the Ad-Hoc Committee at ccastruita@southpasadenaca.gov.

Background

Formed in November 2016, the City Council Ad-Hoc Rent Stabilization Committee was established to conduct a comprehensive assessment of rising rents and their effects on the entire community. The Committee is working with City staff to research the legal, fiscal, and policy aspects of potential legislation, with the goal of developing a recommendation for the full City Council to consider later this year.

In late 2016, the tenants of Amberwood Terrace contacted City staff and attended several City Council meetings to inform the City Council that the property was recently sold and they received notices from new ownership that their rents were increasing dramatically in a short period of time.  After hearing the concerns, the City Council authorized the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee to look into the situation immediately.  Mayor Pro Tem Cacciotti and Councilmember Khubesrian were selected by Council and began to meet with both the tenants and also the representative of new ownership.  After several meetings, the tenants and new ownership were able to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.  

If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Castruita, Management Analyst at (626) 403-7210 or via email at ccastruita@southpasadenaca.gov.

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