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Updated May 20, 2019

The Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAR) supports a comprehensive government affairs program designed to foster a political and legal environment in which members can operate their business successfully and the interests of their clients are protected.

SCCAR's government affairs program places focus on the following objectives:
  • Supporting candidates, who understand the concerns and needs of SCCAR members, in local government elections.
  • Supporting the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in their efforts to pass legislation that is: REALTOR®-friendly, protects private property rights, supports homeownership, and promotes an economic environment in which businesses and the real estate industry can thrive (and to oppose legislation that does not accomplish these goals).
  • Keeping SCCAR members informed about pending real estate-related legislation and regulatory changes that impact their business.
  • Educating SCCAR members about how to become involved in the political process when it comes to critical legislative initiatives that affect SCCAR members and their clients.


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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Updated May 20, 2019

The No on M Committee, funded mostly by REALTORS® and local contributors, was successful in defeating the overreaching City of Santa Cruz initiative, Measure M. The success of the defeat of Measure M did not come alone, as what some may describe as the most important component of a successful campaign, voter contact and grass-roots advocacy, was led by Santa Cruz Together. As of Wednesday night, Measure M was headed to a defeat with nearly 67% of voters overwhelmingly opposing the initiative.

The measure, if passed, would have expanded rent control and also would have imposed expensive relocation fees on landlords if they passed a rent increase exceeding 10 percent in any unit exempted by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

We would like to thank Lynn Renshaw and the team at Santa Cruz Together for their fact-driven grass-roots campaign that brought the truth of the initiative impacts to the voters of Santa Cruz, preventing a rental housing disaster from expanding in the City of Santa Cruz.

In addition, we thank the numerous REALTORS® who stepped up to the plate, including our President Renee Mello, Local Government Relations Co-Chairs Fred Antaki and John Flaniken, and SCCAR CEO Kathy Hartman for spending countless hours contacting voters and walking precincts making sure the fate of the initiative was nothing short of defeat. Financing of the campaign was critical to getting our message out, so we would like to thank Robert Bailey and Barbara Palmer for working with National Association of REALTORS® and the California Association of REALTOARS® who advocated for that crucial funding and all SCCAR members who contributed to the REALTOR® Action Fund.

In addition to this REALTOR® win, we are thrilled to report the defeat of California state Proposition 10, the repeal of Costa-Hawkins, with an overwhelming 61.7% of California voters in opposition.

The defeat of this measure and proposition demonstrate that if the REALTOR® community bands together, we are strong.

The Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAR) supports a comprehensive government affairs program designed to foster a political and legal environment in which members can operate their business successfully and the interests of their clients are protected.

SCCAR's government affairs program places focus on the following objectives:

  • Supporting candidates, who understand the concerns and needs of SCCAR members, in local government elections.
  • Supporting the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) in their efforts to pass legislation that is: REALTOR®-friendly, protects private property rights, supports homeownership, and promotes an economic environment in which businesses and the real estate industry can thrive (and to oppose legislation that does not accomplish these goals).
  • Keeping SCCAR members informed about pending real estate-related legislation and regulatory changes that impact their business.
  • Educating SCCAR members about how to become involved in the political process when it comes to critical legislative initiatives that affect SCCAR members and their clients.

CALLS TO ACTION
• REALTOR® Action Center - NAR


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LOCAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Are you a realtor interested in participating in SCCAR's Local Government Relations Committee? Contact Victor Gomez at gad@mysccar.com to learn more!

LGR focuses on real estate-related issues and concerns affecting the real estate industry. The committee offers input on legislative matters, environmental and community issues that are of concern to property owners and REALTORS® with primary emphasis on local issues. This group also develops and maintains close relationships with legislators representing Santa Cruz County through frequent meetings and correspondence.

For information about joining this committee please email gad@mysccar.org.




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