Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation capping rent increases in Oakland on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation capping rent increases in Oakland on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Newsom signs renter protection bill in Oakland

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a tough renter protection bill at a ceremony in Oakland on Tuesday where he was surrounded by legislative leaders and cheered by housing advocates.

Speaking to several hundred people at the West Oakland Senior Center, Newsom said AB 1482, authored by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, creates a statewide rent cap and eviction protections that are critical to combating California’s housing and cost-of-living crisis. The bill establishes a 5 percent annual rent cap, plus inflation, along with just-cause eviction protections that Newsom said are the “most aggressive” renter protections in the nation.

Newsom said, “This is a profoundly important moment” because many people thought such a bill would not be passed by the state Legislature.

“We’re living in the wealthiest and poorest state in the nation for one reason: the high cost of housing. It’s the issue that defines all the other issues in the state,” he added.

Newsom said he thinks the bill will create momentum in other states across the country to enact tough renter protection bills, stating, “This is a movement across the country.”

Chiu said passing the bill was a major achievement because similar renter protection bills had stalled in the Legislature for decades.

“Well folks, we got it done,” Chiu said, drawing cheers from the packed room, including many people from the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the Service Employees International Union.

Newsom also signed several other pieces of legislation into law to combat the housing and cost-of-living crisis at the ceremony, and will continue his rent and housing tour with stops in San Diego and Los Angeles on Wednesday to sign bills intended to spur housing production.

Bay Area NewsCaliforniaPolitics

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A San Francisco Unified School District program that gave would-be teachers extra training in the classroom has lost a key partner. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/2019 S.F. Examiner)</ins>
USF ends partnership with SFUSD in teacher residency program

District launched training effort to improve low retention rates for new hires

The Rev. Norman Fong of the Chinatown Community Development Center joined San Francisco city leaders and community partners in a “Campaign for Solidarity” at Civic Center Plaza on Saturday, Apr 17, 2021. (CraigLee/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
City launches ‘Campaign for Solidarity’ to combat racial violence

Mayor London Breed, the city’s Human Rights Commission and community leaders launched… Continue reading

It’s time to break the code of silence and end the stigmatism against infertility, which is fairly common. <ins>(Shuttterstock)</ins>
Struggles with infertility are common

We all can support friends, ask legislators to mandate sppropriate insurance

Former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs spoke to San Francisco’s new Guaranteed Income Advisory Group on April 16. (Courtesy SFGOV)
City launches task force to explore Universal Basic Income programs

San Francisco on Friday launched a guaranteed income task force that could… Continue reading

Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

Most Read