In order to qualify the measure for the November ballot, gatherers had to obtain signatures from 15% of the registered voters in the City of San Mateo, or about 7,100 signatures.
The submission of approximately 4,000 signatures more than the required number is the result of a massive effort by the San Mateo community over eight weeks, and included residents from all walks of life. ”Reyna Gonzalez, a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church who works as a nanny, spent countless hours gathering signatures. “More than 200 volunteers participated in this historic effort. We were motivated by the injustice and hardship many renters and community members were facing. Every time we turned around people were thanking us. Person after person said that something needed to be done. We are excited to have taken the first step in bringing about a solution.”
Current law places no limit on the amount or frequency of rent increases imposed by landlords. The proposed measure would limit rent increases to once per year and tie them to increases in the cost of living. The measure would also restrict “no-fault” evictions.
“The campaign to place rent stabilization on the ballot exposed the true heart of San Mateo”, said Reverend Penny Nixon of the Congregational Church of San Mateo, “The heroic effort of so many volunteers from all different walks of life became a community together, and felt the support of the larger community. I believe the majority of people in San Mateo want a city that is characterized by the spirit of this campaign—community, care and compassion.”