The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) filed a ballot initiative last Monday in response to what it defines as “a crisis of mass evictions and average rent increases of more than 50 percent over a span of only four years.”
The coalition hopes to address these problems with the “Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment.”
Now that the paperwork is filed coalition members can begin collecting signatures from Alameda voters. They hope to collect the necessary 6,461 signatures by April 23, to see their initiative included on the November ballot.
The Planning Board stopped short of recommending the city enact rent controls Monday, instead voting 4-3 to ask the City Council to consider setting up a task force to study whether people are being displaced by rising rents.