A vote on a rent stabilization ordinance that was scheduled for Monday, July 18 has been tabled for an upcoming Pomona City Council meeting.
The adjournment at the start of Monday’s council meeting came at the request of Mayor Tim Sandoval, who joined the meeting via video from New York. This item is expected to be put to a vote at the next council meeting on Monday, August 1.
Meanwhile, a study session on the emergency ordinance is expected to take place before that. As an emergency order, if approved, it will take effect immediately.
In a 5-2 vote, the council approved filing the ordinance, with council members Elizabeth Ontiveros-Cole and Robert Torres dissenting. Both said the last-minute postponement was not fair to the residents who came forward to speak for this article.
It was not clear Monday why the article was pushed by Sandoval.
The ordinance would have placed limits on rent increases in the city above 3% or 80% of the change in the consumer price index, whichever is less, on an annual basis, according to a staff report.
Nearly 17,000 Pomona households have incomes that are less than 80% of the area’s median income of $62,407, according to the report. Of the city’s 18,648 renter households, 61% use 30% more of their gross income on housing costs, a 2020 study by the Southern California Association of Governments showed.
Discussion of a potential ordinance has long been awaited by residents who have argued for policies that protect against displacement and only cause evictions in the city.
This includes members of Pomona United for Sustainable Housing, many of whom gathered outside council chambers on Monday ahead of the meeting awaiting a decision. The decision to postpone the point was not well received by the more than 20 members present.
“We literally have working class people here and to pull this article when people are struggling with their rent is wrong,” PUSH member Miranda Sheffield said at the meeting.
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