San Anselmo Referendum

The looks to support the residents of San Anselmo, CA in their desire to enact a referendum against an ordinance passed by the Town Council.

The ordinance “Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protections” was enacted by a 3-2 vote of the Town Council over some strong objections by the residents. One major concern is that with an ordinance that has such financial consequences for each resident, whether homeowner, housing provider or renter, the residents feel that they themselves, not solely the Town Council, should have the opportunity to vote on the regulation.


• San Anselmo and all other Marin Communities are under comprehensive statewide rent control – AB 1482 which regulates tenant-housing provider interactions (‘just cause) and a yearly rent cap of 5%+CPI. (‘rent stabilization’)

• On April 9, the SA Town Council passed an ordinance, 3-2 to create extra rent control – a rent cap of 60% of CPI, (40% below inflation).

• The residents were not allowed to vote, one way or another, on this extra ‘rent stabilization’, nor will they be allowed to vote on the upcoming ‘just cause’ part of rent control.

• The referendum stops the implementation of this ordinance until all citizens get a chance vote on it on the Nov 2024 ballot.

• A signature on the referendum petition does not indicate your desire or opposition to extra rent control.  It is just the step needed to bring this onto the ballot for your decision.

Listening to how each resident feels on the issue, common democracy dictates that the people should be allowed to vote before this policy becomes in effect.

The referendum, if accepted, will allow all residents to vote on this policy either for or against, on the November 2024 ballot

Recently, the had an article highlighting Mayor Burke’s stance on the extra rent control ordinance. Her insightful commentary can be read in the article.

We have developed a good informational 1 page document that helps explain what the ballot does and how extra rent control hurts the community. Download it here and print some copies to hand out!

Please get involved by becoming a volunteer to support the referendum, or donating to the efforts to help with affordable housing by repealing this ordinance. Click the Volunteer Menu item to find out how.