Most visible in recent weeks has been volunteers collecting signatures for the Alameda Renters Coalition petition. Signature gatherers have stationed themselves in front of supermarkets, on street corners and at events such as the Earth Day Festival.
Councilmember Tony Daysog is going door-to-door to collect signatures for his petition which seeks “to limit relocation fees to extremely low-income, very low-income, low-income or moderate-income tenants, change the relocation fee formula, and exempt small ‘mom and pop’ landlords who reside in the City of Alameda from relocation fee requirement for specific instances when moving-in family members.”
Marilyn Schumacher, a local real estate professional, is one of two proponents behind the “Alameda Homeowners and Private Property Rights Act,” a third petition filed with the city clerk’s office last month. (A full copy of the filing is reproduced below.)
The stated intent of that petition is to “ensure that incentives for building additional housing in Alameda are not undermined by divisive politics. It will ensure that politicians will not have the right to set the price of privately owned real estate within the City of Alameda.”
Schumacher told Action Alameda News, “The petition has been approved and most likely we will be working with folks that know us and trust us as individuals, who will sign the petition,” and expressed confidence in gathering the thousands of necessary signatures in time to get the petition on the November ballot.
She and fellow proponent Farhad Matin are working with the law firm of Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP of Sacramento.
Alameda City Clerk Lara Weisiger explained the petition process to Action Alameda News this way: “Proponents have 180 days from receiving the title and summary to circulate petitions. After an initiative is submitted, the elections code allows 30 working days to complete a random signature check and 30 additional working days if a complete check is needed. After the petition is found sufficient, it must be presented at the next regular city council meeting so the council can place the measure on the ballot. The city council has to vote to place measures on the ballot no less than 88 days before the election. For the November 8, 2016 election the deadline is August 12th. Since the City Council does not meet in August, the July 19th meeting is the last regular City Council meeting at which the Council could vote to place an initiative measure on the November ballot.”
All eyes will be turned towards might otherwise be a sleepy summer July 19th city council meeting.
Petitions that miss the July 19th deadline but achieve the necessary number of signatures within the 180 day time frame could be scheduled for a future election.