From DSA Santa Barbara <[email protected]>
Subject CALL TO ACTION * #CapTheRentAt2Percent
Date December 2, 2021 10:16 PM
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Chapter membership decided last night that housing is one of our top 3 priorities, so members in agreement with this priority should take this call to action seriously! Thank you to Frank Rodriguez and CAUSE ([link removed]) for this insanely important campaign and an opportunity for us to build tenant and worker power in the fight against the landlord and capitalist class, toward a world where housing is no longer a for-profit commodity and is a human right!


Tell the Santa Barbara City Council to protect tenants from skyrocketing rents that are displacing our community with a rent stabilization ordinance.

With so many in our community already on the edge of losing their homes as we continue to recover from an ongoing global pandemic, the Santa Barbara City Council must act now for housing security in our community.

On Tuesday, December 7th we are calling to:

1 ) Cap rent increases at no more than 2% per year.

California’s rent gouging law was never strong enough, and we’ve seen many landlords raise rents up to the statewide cap of 9% this year. That's a $180 increase on a $2,000 apartment, more than enough to push a family out of their home. We need a local ordinance that is stronger and permanent to protect our renter community long term.

2) We need a Rent Registry to oversee the implementation of the law against excessive rent increases

In order to prevent the mass displacement of our renter community, we need to ensure that rent stabilization is enforced and our renter community has the power to protect themselves through a fair process.

Read CAUSE's Op-Ed on the Santa Barbara Independent on how the message from Santa Barbara voters couldn’t be more clear in support of rent stabilization. ([link removed]) Also available in print in the December 2nd, 2021 issue.

3 Ways to Take Action:

1. Email City Council asking them to “cap the rent at 2 percent”!:

[email protected] (mailto:[email protected])

2. Register for Zoom City Council Meeting

Web: [link removed] the Zoom registration and chose to speak on item 22 on registration.

Telephone: Dial 1-669-900-6833, Enter Webinar ID: 925 1818 3821

When Item 22 is up: press *9 to raise/lower hand;

When it is your turn to speak: press *6 to mute/unmute

To get updates on the meeting start time from CAUSE, register at:[link removed]

3. Share your support on Social Media with:






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Check out CAUSE's Housing Crisis 805 Report to learn more about housing issues in our region. Half of Santa Barbara renters are cost-burdened, (spend more than 30% of their income on housing), making Santa Barbara the 6th most cost-burdened county in California.


** Convert The City Golf Course Into Public Housing!

Sign on to this petition ([link removed]) from the Santa Barbara Tenant's Union to support the City of Santa Barbara converting local municipal golf courses into high quality public housing.
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Organize with us as we fight for a habitable planet and a just future. See you soon.

In solidarity,

DSA Santa Barbara

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