Orange County advances rent control proposal

Orange County voters may be asked on the November ballot to consider adopting rent controls for one year.

The Orange County Commission approved an ordinance to set a public hearing and final vote for Aug. 9 for a ballot measure seeking limited rent control in a county experiencing what the ordinance calls “a housing emergency so grave as to constitute a serious menace to the general public.”

The commission’s split vote advances a proposal championed by Commissioner Emily Bonilla.

The proposal is still under draft, and final changes may come in August. The wording crafted since a June workshop had removed

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