Gabriel San Roman
Santa Ana Moves Forward on Rent Control, Eviction Protections
During a Santa Ana City Council meeting that began on Tuesday and stretched into the early morning hours, elected officials took a firm step toward curbing future rent hikes for many tenants and providing stricter eviction protections. Council members had the option to make the rent control and just-cause eviction measures effective immediately but fell shy of the five votes needed to adopt them as urgency ordinances.
Instead, a slim 4-3 majority decided to bring both proposals back for a second reading and vote, which is slated to occur after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic-related statewide eviction moratorium is set to expire on Sept. 30.
“This isn’t a new issue,” said Mayor Vicente Sarmiento. “This isn’t something that was a result of the pandemic. This predates that.”
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