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Alhambra City Council Vote Reaffirms Key Terms of Ordinance Barring COVID-19 Evictions

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Alhambra , CA

The Alhambra City Council met in emergency session Friday afternoon and voted unanimously to reaffirm key provisions of an Urgency Measure prohibiting COVID-19 related evictions due to financial hardship.

The urgency measure, approved unanimously Thursday in a teleconference meeting that included all five city council members, the city manager, city attorney and city clerk, offered protection for both residential and commercial tenants as well as a six-month period to pay the delinquent rent.

The measure also included language saying that it could be superseded should the governor approve measures offering covering similar issues.

On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order dealing with renter evictions due to the COVID-19 emergency but it only covered residential renters. It also contained a shorter time period to pay delinquent rent and had no stipulation barring late fees, as the Alhambra ordinance does. Newsom had earlier stipulated that cities could enact their own ordinances covering such issues.

The governor’s action made the emergency Alhambra City Council meeting necessary. Participating in the teleconference meeting Friday were Mayor Ross Maze, Vice Mayor David Mejia, and council members Katherine Lee, Jeff Maloney and Adele Andrade-Stadler.

The updated Urgency Measure eliminated any language that it would be automatically superseded by state or federal action. And it reaffirmed the provisions in the original measure covering both residential and commercial renters and maintained the six-month time frame for payment of overdue rent and barring late fees. 

After a brief discussion, the council voted 5-0 to approve the revised language in the ordinance.

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