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June 21, 2017

Little lies

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

I’ll be honest, I haven’t actually had any run-ins with any signature gatherers trying to get an anti-Just Cause measure on the ballot.  Probably because I don’t really get out that much, and if I do it’s really early in the morning.   But I have seen countless posts about them and there were even folks canvassing my neighborhood.  They did not come to my door I really did want to hear their spiel.

Plus it was hot as Hades last weekend so I tried to stay indoors as much as humanly possible.

Anyway, it’s apparently gotten so bad out there with the misdirection from some of the signature gatherers that the big guns have come out and there are now Assemblymember Rob Bonta robocalls to tell people to not sign the petition against just cause evictions.

Word is that the going rate for signature collection was around $7 per signature which explains the super aggressive tactics.

If you signed the petition under false pretenses and would like to withdraw your signature here’s a handy dandy form that you must get to the City Clerk’s office.  I think they need the original so you’ll have to bring it in.  Do it soon because they may be close to getting all the signatures they need.

FYI, this ballot measure would codify the language in the City Charter which would then make it nearly impossible to change without a subsequent election.



  1. Lauren, you are mistaken about the referendum petition that is out there (and about the nature of referendums) – understandably so if you have been reading some of the materials that the Alameda Renters Coalition has been putting out there recently. They have suggested both that the renter protections ratified by a strong majority of Alameda voters in November (Measure L1) would be reversed or removed, and also that the referendum petition seeks to amend the City Charter. A referendum can do neither. A referendum cannot effect a Charter amendment or codify anything in the City Charter, nor can it affect legislation that was passed more than 30 days earlier (in other words, the referendum cannot affect Ordinance 3184/L1, which has been in effect for far longer than 30 days). All a referendum can do is to ask the City Council to reconsider an ordinance that it has passed with in the last 30 days or put to put it on the ballot for voters to approve or disapprove before it takes effect.

    Applied here: Before the election Councilmembers Oddie and Ashcraft signed a ballot statement that L1 represented a balanced, common sense approach. L1 passed with a majority made up of over 20,000 voters in November. Seven months later, in June, by a bare 3-2 majority, the City Council – within their legal authority – made both major and minor changes that law confirmed by voters back in November. The referendum addresses only those changes to L1, not L1 itself, and asks that Alameda voters be given the chance to accept them or not before they take effect.

    Comment by MP — June 21, 2017 @ 6:52 am

  2. When Suncal’s paid signature gatherers were spreading lies, you gave them a pass.

    But lies are ok if you like the lie, I guess.

    Comment by dave — June 21, 2017 @ 9:32 am

    • I’m pretty sure as aggressive as SunCal’s signature gatherers were there was not blatant misdirection like telling people day is night or rather this petition is to get rent control on the ballot or overturn changes from Sacramento or the referendum protects just cause.

      Comment by Lauren Do — June 21, 2017 @ 11:20 am

  3. A canvasser came to my door last night and said he was “gathering signatures to get rent control on the ballot.”

    Comment by 3288washington — June 21, 2017 @ 10:28 am

  4. A canvasser came to my door a few days ago and told me that it was to overturn changes from Sacramento which was a total non-truth. When I told him that I was a member of the ARC and knew that to be inaccurate- he got very aggressive and then called me a liar.

    Comment by librarycat — June 21, 2017 @ 10:48 am

  5. Instead of listening to the spiel and getting into uninformed arguments, just read the petition. I have read it, and am ambivalent about the referendum. In a nutshell, it just ask that the recent amendments to L1 (just cause eviction) be placed on the ballot for voters to consider in November 2017.

    Comment by Alan — June 21, 2017 @ 11:09 am

  6. Why would anyone want to be a landlord in Alameda? The market is $hot$. All the signs are there. The time to $sell$ is now!

    Comment by Il Cane di Ferro — June 21, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

  7. Sacramento. I hear Sacramento calling all those entitled people who deserve to live in Alameda. I know you think you’re entitled, but Sacramento is calling you.

    Comment by Alameda Landlord — June 26, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

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