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CAA is meddling in San Mateo efforts to protect renters

by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Now that the CAA just blocked renter protections from taking effect in Richmond, the CAA is targeting San Mateo! Councilman David Lim has been targeted by the CAA and CAA Tri-County for proposing a just cause eviction protection ordinance to keep families from being displaced by unfair and unjust no-cause evictions in San Mateo!
CAA is meddling in San Mateo efforts to protect renters

By Lynda Carson - September 9, 2015

San Mateo - The California Apartment Association (CAA) is meddling in the affairs of San Mateo in an effort to block renter protections known as just cause eviction protections.

Now that the CAA just blocked renter protections from taking effect in Richmond, the CAA is targeting San Mateo.

Councilman David Lim has been targeted by the CAA and CAA Tri-County for proposing a just cause eviction protection ordinance to keep families from being displaced by unfair and unjust no-cause evictions in San Mateo.

Click on link below…

http://caanet.org/tag/councilmember-david-lim/

On September 8, Council Member Lim was expected to introduce a just cause emergency ordinance in San Mateo. If the City Council approves the proposal the item can move forward to the September 21 public hearing. The ordinance will officially be voted on then by the council.

Once it is on the agenda, and approved on September 21, a just cause eviction ordinance could take effect immediately. It would apply to all rental housing in San Mateo regardless of type, size, or year it was built.

The 13,000 member California Apartment Association CAA, and CAA Tri-County is meddling in the affairs of San Mateo, and opposes renter protections in San Mateo, and everywhere throughout California. As usual, the CAA trots out the same old tired reasons that lack any validity, and they demand that the issue be studied further as a way to block renter protections. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of renters throughout California and San Mateo will continue to be displaced and made homeless, while the landlords bank accounts get fatter by the moment.

The following standard letter below is from the CAA, was sent out to its 13,000 members including the members that may be operating in San Mateo, in an effort to target Council Member David Lim, Mayor Freshet, Deputy Mayor Matthews, Council Member Bonilla, and Council Member Joe Goethals.

Dear Mayor Freschet and City Council Members:

Please do not approve Councilmember David Lim’s request to introduce an emergency Just Cause Eviction ordinance for discussion on September 21st.

I encourage you to work with the rental housing industry to collaborate and identify reasonable solutions to address the housing shortage we are facing in our city and this region. Do not rush this process and make harmful decisions without giving all stakeholders an opportunity to work with the city.

Just Cause Eviction limits our ability to keep our residents safe. Most importantly, it does not address the demand for affordable housing.

Please refrain from considering punitive measures and explore other solutions that does not punish small business owners and jeopardizes neighborhood safety.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
(YOUR NAME)

The CAA and CAA Tri-County is urging it’s 13,000 members and members in San Mateo to forward their message, and to share the alert with other San Mateo rental property owners.

Additionally, the CAA is urging it’s members to appear and bring other members from the rental housing industry to the council meeting/s to oppose renter protections. This is the same thing they do when other cities in California consider renter protections to protect children, the elderly, the disabled, veterans, the working class, including school teachers, restaurant workers, construction workers, and many others from being displaced from their communities.

Painting the working class as possible criminals in the effort to conceal their real activities, such as raking in billions of dollars hand over fist, the CAA knows how to stir up wealthy property owners and the rental housing industry, when humane solutions such as renter protections are being proposed.

An Inside Look At The CAA

The CAA is listed as a nonprofit, 501(c) (6), with a tax exempt status. Though the CAA calls itself an association, records (tax filing with IRS) reveal that the organization is not listed as a trust, or association, but is listed as a corporation. The year of formation for the CAA was 1940, in California. Their main office is located at 980 Ninth St., No.1430, in Sacramento.

According to public records, during 2013 the California Apartment Association (CAA), an organization (so-called non profit) comprised of wealthy property owners had $7,256,302 in assets. During 2013 their gross receipts were $7,195,599. Their wealth grew immensely since CAA declared that they had $5,040,048 in assets during 2011. The CAA also claims that it has 13,000 members in their organization.

According to public records, during 2013, Thomas K. Bannon, CEO of CAA, raked in $300,653 including $24,265 in other compensation for his activities.

Salaries, other compensation and employee benefits payed out in total during 2013 by CAA was $3,671,833.

In 2013, after subtracting $512,055 in total liabilities from their total assets of $7,256,302, the CAA had a fund balance or net assets of$6,744,247.

The CAA describes it’s mission very clearly. According to public records: “The organization’s mission is to represent the ethical members of the rental housing industry in all aspects of government affairs within the State of California, and to provide information, products, and services which contribute to the success of their businesses.” The CAA does not mention what happens to unethical members of the housing industry that may be part of their organization.

Additionally, the CAA is doing everything possible to undermine the efforts to have a just cause eviction ordinance in San Mateo, needed to protect renters from displacement from their housing, with no-cause eviction notices.

Click below for details.

http://caanet.org/call-to-action-oppose-just-cause-eviction-in-san-mateo/

The Political Power And Influence Of The CAA

The CAA collects political contributions from entities all across the state that may be used to influence the selection, nomination, and election of political candidates throughout California. This is all done in the effort to pursue untold riches from renters that are being ripped off by greedy landlords all across the state, because they lack renters protections, including rent control, and just cause eviction protections.

The corrupting political influence of the California Apartment Association (CAA) and it’s Political Action Committee in this state is wide spread, and unrelenting.

After collecting financial contributions from contributors around the state, the CAA/PAC hands out the money hand over fist in an effort to influence the selection, nomination, and election of political candidates, at the state and local level.

In part, this how they operate. Various entities make financial contributions to the California Apartment Association Political Action Committee (CAA/PAC). As of June 30, 2015, CAA/PAC had $540,646 on hand. As another example, during 2007 CAA/PAC had $574,924 available to hand out as political contributions.

Click on link below to see who is giving money to CAA/PAC.

http://www.electiontrack.com/lookup.php?committee=1019401

The following partial list of political expenditures (BIG MONEY) handed out by CAA/PAC may give you an idea as to how much BIG MONEY CAA/PAC has payed out in campaign contributions in recent years. Total given in 2012: $430,700. Total given in 2011: $74,500. Total given in 2010: $545,088. Total given in 2008: $301,532. Total given in 2007: $129,727. Total given in 2006: $340,192. Total given in 2005: $105,000. Total given in 2004: $364,300.

The total handed out in political contributions by CAA/PAC from 2004 to 2012 is a whopping $2,161,312, which may include an additional $129,727 during 2007. That is a lot of money to buy power, corrupt the system, and influence elections. Enough power and influence, to make sure that the CAA deprives as many renters as possible from having renters protections, including rent control, and just cause eviction protections throughout California.

Click on link below for lists and links to CAA/PAC political campaign contributions.

http://tinyurl.com/qe36jqj

Campaign contributions for 2007 are not available through the link above, but the link below will offer a glimpse into who the CAA was trying to influence and corrupt during 2007. Once the PDF file is opened, scroll down to the bottom pages to see who was accepting political contributions from CAA/PAC during 2007.

http://tinyurl.com/p2um6q2

As an example of what BIG MONEY from CAA/PAC can do or buy (according to CAA), feel free to click on the link below for a few candidates that were supported and financed by the CAA/PAC for office in Los Angeles.

http://caanet.org/los-angeles-garcetti-takes-mayoral-race/

For a look at the latest 990 tax filing by the CAA click on the link below.

http://tinyurl.com/oshnhoc

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

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§Clarification: The CAA may have lied to it's members
by Lynda Carson
Clarification: The CAA may have lied to it's members

On the CAA website it states that if passed, the just cause eviction protection ordinance would apply to all rental housing in San Mateo regardless of type, size, or year it was built. In part I based my story on what the CAA claimed, which appears to be false.

Click on link below for details...

http://caanet.org/tag/councilmember-david-lim/

However, according to a September 5 article by The Daily Journal, "The ordinance would not apply to certain property owners, such as those who live on site and share use of a kitchen or bathroom — as in the case of a single-family home — or apartments with less than three units with the landlord residing on site as well."

Click on link below for The Daily Journal article that states "The ordinance would not apply to certain property owners, such as those who live on site and share use of a kitchen or bathroom — as in the case of a single-family home — or apartments with less than three units with the landlord residing on site as well."

http://tinyurl.com/ouoh7wb

Lynda Carson

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§Update: San Mateo Emergency Just Cause Eviction Proposal
by Lynda Carson
Update: San Mateo Emergency Just Cause Eviction Proposal

In an email last night from Cindy Cornell of Burlingame Advocates for Renter Protections, a tenant advocate, and supporter of renter protections for San Mateo and San Mateo County.

She stated: "It turned out badly for renters. Ive sent a letter to the daily journal. They will likely publish it...just dont know when. You can see the text of it on our fb page. ..Burlingame Advocates for Renter Protections."

For link to Burlingame Advocates for Renter Protections, try Google search engine or other search engine...

(LC)

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