The following comes from a June 7 posting on Catholic San Francisco.
Supporters of an initiative to impose rent control and limit evictions on multi-family rental properties in the city of San Mateo were gathering signatures at St. Matthew and St. Timothy parishes as they aim to place the measure on the November ballot.
About 10,000 signatures are needed for the ballot measure to qualify, said Aracely Mondragon, community organizer for Bay Area Faith in Action, part of San Francisco Organizing Project/Peninsula Interfaith Action and the PICO National Network.
The proposed San Mateo city ballot measure is designed to limit annual rent increases to the cost of living, would create a Rental Housing Commission and a process for tenants to appeal rent increases, and protect renters from evictions without cause. The measure would have no impact on a landlord’s ability to evict tenants for non-payment of rent and other lease violations, according to Faith in Action….
During the month of May, Faith in Action recruited volunteers to assist with signature gathering and encouraged San Mateo city registered voters to sign the petition, said Reina Gonzalez member of both Faith in Action and St. Matthew social ministries groups. Parishioners are gathering signatures after Mass and in the neighborhoods. “I have two jobs and don’t get home until past 6 p.m., I rest five minutes and I go out to gather signatures hoping to help pass the law,” said Gonzalez.