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California Can’t Afford Proposition 10

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This November, Californians will have the chance to go to the polls and vote on a whole slew of issues, including who will be selected as our next Governor, whether to keep or repeal a recently enacted gas tax, or if it makes sense to eliminate daylight savings time. Unfortunately, there is another measure on the ballot, Proposition 10, that if passed will have profoundly negative effects on California’s economy, our housing industry, renters, and apartment owners large and small.

Proposition 10, the so-called “affordable housing act”, is anything but affordable. It is a flawed initiative that will reduce the construction of new housing and in the process result in the loss of thousands of good paying construction jobs across our state. At the same time, Proposition 10 stands to cost California and its cities and counties millions of dollars in lost revenue, which means less money for schools and emergency services.

Despite the proponents’ arguments, Proposition 10 will not provide any immediate relief for renters facing higher housing costs, will not increase funding for affordable housing, and will not result in any new housing. Frankly, passage of Proposition 10 will significantly reduce the construction of new housing, which will lead to higher prices up and down the state. And that’s important for builders and renters alike in Long Beach and surrounding Southern California cities.

Take Long Beach for example. Last year Long Beach adopted a set of recommendations in a near 100-page report that detailed, after much discussion, proposals aimed at increasing afford able housing. Under Proposition 10, all this work could easily get tossed aside because of increased costs. What good are proposals that no one can afford to implement?

Proposition 10 is opposed by a broad coalition of hundreds of organizations, elected officials, businesses, housing advocates and individuals. It is even opposed by numerous social justice organizations like the California State Conference of the NAACP, Latino organizations, veterans groups and affordable housing advocates. Why? Because they all know that Prop 10 is bad for the economy, bad for renters, and bad for businesses large and small.

For those who live in, manage or own apartments, Proposition 10 could end up being a significant disruption. Proposition 10 calls for the creation of as many as 539 rental boards that will be in charge of housing. It will give government agencies unlimited power to add fees on housing that will ultimately be passed onto tenants in the form of higher rents, resulting in more expensive apartments.

Additionally, many businesses rely on landlord investments to keep their facilities attractive for new customers. But Proposition 10 will reduce property values and, in turn, reduce landlord improvements. California’s non-partisan legislative analyst, along with significant economic research, shows that the market value of non-rent controlled properties in the vicinity of rent controlled properties also declines. This suggests if a business is in the vicinity of rent-controlled properties, it could see a decline in property values. The legislative analyst also found that Prop 10 will likely result in tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue for state and local government, which means less money for schools and emergency services, reduced new home construction, and a loss of thousands of good paying construction jobs.

Ironically, Prop 10 gives apartment owners a huge financial incentive to convert rental properties into more profitable uses like shortterm vacation rentals and condos, making it harder for renters to find affordable housing in the future, even forcing seniors and others living on fixed incomes out of their apartments and communities. At the same time the authors of Prop 10 put language into the initiative that would require California taxpayers to pay the legal bills of the initiative’s supporters if homeowners, tenants or voters challenge the law in court. Crazy as this sounds, even if the initiative’s supporters lose in court, taxpayers will still be on the hook to pay their legal bills.

Faced then with all of these potentially terrible impacts, why are proponents pushing for its passage? That’s a curious question that is difficult to answer. Its primary funder is LA activist Michael Weinstein and his non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which has bankrolled a slew of ballot measures aimed at impacting prescription drug pricing and significantly curtailing, and in some cases elim i nating, LA area real estate development, including some affordable housing projects.

According to the LA Times, Weinstein’s AHF poured millions of dollars into numerous failed campaigns, including one which would have imposed a moratorium lasting up to two years on any new development, essentially putting a choke hold on construction.

Weinstein and his non-profit were even at odds with groups wanting to build affordable housing—AHF opposed a state bill requiring cities and counties to limit environmental, planning and other reviews for some development, which was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. He even tried to block construction of two residential buildings next to his offices because it would block his view. Thankfully a judge rejected Weinstein’s efforts.

Like the judge in the aforementioned case, California voters are shrewd enough to see past power grabs and vanity projects. Proposition 10 just has too many flaws. Nameless faceless government bureaucrats should not dictate pricing for tenants and property owners, put taxpayers at risk for millions in legal costs, or take tens of millions away from state and local government.

Proposition 10 is not the right answer to resolve California’s housing crisis.

 

Legislative Update - June 5, 2018

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On Friday, June 1, the local Long Beach Rent Control Ordinance proposed did not garner enough signatures to be turned in. What does this mean? The Rent Control Ordinance will not be on the November ballot. However, they still have until July 30 to collect signatures so please remain vigilant and let us know of locations where they are actively asking for signatures. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do.

Other Bills:

AB 2364 (Bloom) – Dead – Bill that would have imposed rent control on property owners that decide to go back into business within 10 years.

AB 2618 (Bonta)
– Dead - Would have required anyone who manages residential AND commercial property to obtain a state run certificate program after completing a state supervised education class.

AB2343
– Is being amended – will update as we learn more.

AB 2925 (Bonta)
– Dead – Would have imposed a just cause mandate if property owner serves a 30- or 60-day notice to terminate for all residential AND commercial property.

 

A Tribute to Nancy Ahlswede

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As I stepped into my new office in September of 2013, I began to look around the office to get a sense of who was here before. It was a surreal feeling to walk among binders and binders filled with memos, emails and past magazines that were once under the authority of someone I knew had the hearts of this membership. After a few days of getting to know the staff and talking with some of the board members it suddenly dawned on me that I was not alone in this process. I was about to walk into the footsteps of a legend in the multifamily industry.

As the months went by and I began to meet more and more people, the comments started with this statement, “Oh, you are the new Nancy”. But I knew immediately that there was more to this Association than just being the “new Nancy.” Nancy left a legacy that will never be matched. She was a force to be reckoned with. It was clear that her devotion to this industry went beyond her position as Executive Director—it was her passion. When I finally met Nancy, we talked for close to two hours and when I left that meeting with her, I knew that I could always go to her to ask questions and get advice. As with anything in life, when the opportunity is not there any longer you always wish you had more time to ask just one more question or learn just one more tidbit that will help your organization.

Over the next few pages it is only fitting that we share some thoughts that come directly from those who loved and admired her the most. So, in her memory, we share these tributes.

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Ron Kingston was honored to give the eulogy at Nancy’s funeral. Here are a few excerpts from the eulogy:

Nancy—

Was a master collaborator who was result-driven. People from all walks of life would conclude that the solution that was reached when Nancy was involved in negotiations of an issue was always the best possible.

Had organizational skills that assured success. Just a few years ago, she was hospitalized during the annual trade show. That did not interfere with making the trade show extremely successful. This skill was passed on to her daughter, Katherine.

At times, I wondered if they should have considered installing a hide a bed or futon in the office due to the number of hours they would work.

Was the eternal optimist. Just three weeks ago she and I talked about her plans for her 70th birthday party which would be on a boat in the Long Beach harbor. And during that same conversation she was planning on how she would resume being with her family, Larry, Katherine, Chip, Jennifer and the three grandchildren—Cooper (who loves video games), Donovan (who loves sports such as flag football) and Nixon (who was just baptized).

Has a legacy that can never be forgotten. Each one of us should always remember that she would push forward during extremely difficult and challenging times.

Michael D. Pintek, Board Emeritus
We in the legal profession would refer to Nancy as a “Force Majeure” (a superior or irresistible force). The small acorn that was the Association 28 years ago, through the work and efforts of the officers, board of directors and membership, who were the roots, under the guidance, administration and dedication of Nancy, who was the lignin that held it all together, has grown into a mighty oak tree. Nancy’s star shined bright on all of us while enriching our lives and illuminating the path in front of us.

Bob Luskin
I had the pleasure of working with Nancy for over 20 years. Nancy wan an amazing person. She has made the Apartment Association what it is today. Nancy will be missed.

Allen & Mary Ann Wood
Nancy lives on in our hearts and memories. Not only as a great lady who led the Apartment Association for so many years, but also as a very dear friend.

Sharon Coughlin
Nancy was definitely destined to be a leader of this organization that so generously devotes their time and energy in fighting for the rights of people in the rental housing industry both for owners as well as for tenants. Her amazing knowledge provided anyone interested in seeking a career in property management the understanding of how great it truly is to SERVE people. I was always amazed by her as a woman, a great mother and most of all a great leader to be inspired by.

Pat Thornton
I was shocked and saddened by this news. Brian and I always felt so welcome at the monthly meetings. She always had a ready smile and enthusiasm and the ability to spread hope and joy!

Grace Velazquez, GGB Properties, Inc.
Despite being a “new-comer” to the industry, Nancy took the time to get to know me and showed genuine care. Nancy’s passion was contagious and I hope that her legacy will live on.

Rebecca Moffett, A Better Property Management, and Past Board President, and Board Emeritus
Nancy was dedicated to landlords and their property rights and she always put them first. She was smart, well known, connected and knew how to work a crowd or a council meeting. She had intuitive gifts that were unparalleled with anyone I have ever known. She had great command of her job, of legislative bills and happenings, of other Asso ciations’ trials and tribulations, etc. Nancy knew everyone, never forgot a name and was a brilliant strategist. When Nancy spoke, you listened. She made sure everyone was well informed on all the issues and she listened to people to make sure that the board members could arrive at a consensus on most issues. She held everyone to a high standard which everyone wanted to meet and it was easy as we followed the lead of Nancy and the high bar she set for herself. She praised everyone on their good deeds, thanked volunteers with certificates and personalized plaques and paperweights. No matter what you volunteered for, you were acknowledged in many ways.

Sandra Feliciano, Broker
She was the reason I attended the CAM courses and received my designation. I appreciate all that she did for our industry. She will truly be missed.

Wendy Henning
What a “gal”...she made me feel like a long-time friend. I will miss her personality and gracious nature.

Virginia (Ginny) Ball
I so appreciate Nancy’s help in coming to Whittier on many evenings to help me start the Whittier Apartment Association. It is still going strong, but it is with her help that we got it “off the ground!”

Alejandra Kostuch
Nancy, the lady that always had answers no matter what it was about.

Coy Herring, Past President and Director Emeritus Through Nancy’s tireless and brilliant leadership we endured, survived and flourished. Through her abundant friendship we all were rewarded.

John & “Bub” Pratt, Past
Board President (1993-1994) I remember when the Board asked her to be Executive Officer. I believe that was 1991 when Phil Dauk was President of the Board and I was Vice President. Nancy was a tremendous help to our Association. She wore many hats for us as editor of the magazine, legislative advocate and executive officer. I don’t know how she did it all. Not to mention herding 20 or so cats (Board of Directors). She is certainly missed by all. Our sympathy to Larry and the family.

Evelyn Arnold
What a loss to our industry and to the world! Nancy was one of a kind who was always fighting for the rights of the small apartment owners and others. May she rest in peace.

Kelly Geonetta,
R.E.M.S., Inc. To all the people that she touched with her smile. To her family and friends. Thank you.

Gina Trinidad
Thank you Nancy for all of what you have done and for all the times you fought for us. You will be remembered and prayed for.


This has been a wonderful 28 years journey with you. It has been said that a person who is passionate about what they do, never works a day in his/her life. I thank you for the opportunity to be one of those people.”
Nancy Ahlswede, 2012

When you wake up tomorrow and each day following think of what you learned from Nancy. Think of what you will do that she taught you that you will continue to do. Let her inspire us to do better. Let her energy, ability, and forward movement not wane.

Larry would often times say “One of the things that I loved about Nancy was that she was the smartest woman that I ever knew.” – Ron Kingston

We Honor Nancy Ahlswede

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Nancy Ahlswede

We honor Nancy Ahlswede who passed away December 14, 2016.  Nancy was the Executive Director for the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities for 28 years. Her passion for the industry, drive to protect landlords, owners, property managers and property management companies went beyond the boundaries of her job.  Nancy wrote the book on how to get legislation through all the red tape in Sacramento and was known throughout the region for her tenacity and drive.

Nancy served on many committees and was a constant presence at the City Council of Long Beach, where she spent many hours working with the City Council representatives to understand the multi-family industry.  In the words of one of our members who knew her well, she writes, “Nancy was definitely destined to be a leader of this organization that so generously devotes their time and energy in fighting for the rights of people in the rental and housing industry both for owners as well as for tenants.  Her amazing knowledge combined with strength in getting things ‘Done,’ and warmth with a sense of humor,  always provided anyone interested in seeking a career in property management the understanding of how great serving people truly is”.

Her legacy will live forever and she will be greatly missed.  As we plan to honor her, please watch our website and Facebook for updates.  The Association will also be dedicating the February magazine to her memory.  Please send the Association (at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) any comments, pictures or memories you have that you would like to share for this special lady. We've lost a warrior.

Long Beach 2015 Smoke Free Apartment Results

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In August 2015, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services Tobacco Education Program completed a telephone survey to determine the number of smoke free apartments in the City. This survey was a follow up to the 2008 Smoke Free Apartment survey.

 

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