The Renters Coalition has done it, they successfully submitted almost 8000 signatures to get their Rent Control measure on the ballot. From Alameda Magazine (which apparently at Robert Gammon at the helm is trying to really up the amount of daily content which is always a good thing):
The group initially tabbed the number of signatures at 8,057. However, the city clerk’s office later pegged the preliminary number at 7,882.
The figure is slightly below the 25 percent additional signatures recommended to ensure a minimum number is validated. Members of the renters’ group said they are comfortable with the number since they had already eliminated a number of clearly invalid signatures—for instance, entries listing non-Alameda addresses.
The rent control measure backed by tenants would cap annual rent increases in Alameda to no greater than 65 percent of the rate of inflation. It would also prohibit no-cause evictions, but provide landlords with recourse to evict bad tenants.
And something that has been discussed in the comments section in another blog post:
Eric Strimling, communications director for the group, said the next step is to vet potential city council candidates for possible endorsement while focusing on a get-out-the-vote effort for the fall. Early indications are the renters group favors council candidate Malia Vella, who has in the past spoken in favor of greater rent protections. No official endorsement has been made, though. Strimling said the group is also debating whether to support Councilmember Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, who is one of two incumbents, along with Daysog, up for re-election this year.
“There is a real question among the group whether we are going to support” Ashcraft, Strimling said. “She has been somewhat tepid, sometimes very supportive.” However, Strimling credits Ashcraft for helping pass the rent stabilization ordinance in March. It’s an ordinance that ARC believes contains nowhere near enough tenant protections, but is “light years from where we were a year ago,” said Strimling.
I think it would be a mistake for ARC to not endorse someone or two someones. The ballot measure may fail or get watered down by future City Councils, the only way to ensure that your agenda is maintained is by ensuring that there is a friendly face or two on the City Council.