A proposed ballot initiative to curtail Mountain View's rent control law won't be going on the November ballot -- but it's far from dead.
Organizers for the Measure V Too Costly campaign confirmed they are abandoning plans for a November ballot initiative. However, campaign spokeswoman Laura Teutschel said her group intends to continue collecting signatures to put the measure before voters for the 2020 election.
In recent weeks, supporters of Measure V Too Costly and a team of paid signature-gatherers have been canvassing Mountain View to get people to sign a petition for the measure, "The Mountain View Homeowner, Renter, and Taxpayer Protection Initiative." They needed to collect at least 5,150 valid signatures of local voters, which city staff urged them to submit by June 5.
That date passed, and then weeks went by with no word on whether the measure would go forward. After two weeks of waiting, City Clerk Lisa Natusch expressed doubt last month that the measure could still be processed in time for the deadline to get it on the November ballot.
Teutschel declined to say how many signatures her campaign had accumulated. Other news outlets reported that she said her team was short hundreds of names. Any signatures that have been collected could be applied toward a 2020 ballot measure.
The signature-gathering effort spawned numerous complaints about misleading information tricking petition signers into thinking they were strengthening or expanding Mountain View's rent control law. In fact, the proposed initiative included language that, if approved, would almost certainly suspend the existing rent control and eviction protections that were approved by voters in 2016.