If certified, the proposed measure could appear on the March or November 2020 ballot, Natusch told the Voice.
The proposed initiative contains some modifications for rent control, such as adding income eligibility requirements and spending caps on the program's costs. But those reforms would likely never take effect because the measure would also force all rent control policies to be suspended unless the city's housing vacancy rate drops under 3 percent. The rate hasn't dipped that low for nearly two decades, leading tenant advocates to allege the measure is really a repeal of rent control under the guise of reforming it.
Collecting signatures for the measure had been an ongoing struggle for its supporters, who organized under the name Measure V Too Costly. The group raised about $260,000, mostly from landlords, to hire signature gatherers to canvass the city. The frenzied push for signatures led to many reports of paid workers bending the truth or outright lying in an effort to get registered voters to sign. About 350 residents later wrote to the city demanding that their names be removed from the petition, many saying they'd been told the petition was to save or expand rent control.
Originally, the Measure V Too Costly group was aiming to deliver their signatures to the city by June to get it placed on the November ballot, but they later announced they couldn't make that deadline.
In an email to the Voice, Measure V Too Costly spokesman Joshua Howard insisted that the measure was intended to protect renters, which he believed was why people supported placing it on the ballot.
"As voters learned more about the proposed measure, they understood that (it) protects all apartment
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