The Tenant Movement in Pasadena

Click the titles to see press coverage of struggles we have been a part of.
Passed Measure H — a rent control and just cause charter amendment
The tenants union led a massive community mobilization over two years to gather over 15,000 signatures to qualify our charter amendment for the ballot and then waged a six-month campaign against the landlord and real estate lobby's misinformation. The opposition was joined by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and several local elected officials who opposed these urgent tenant protections. On November 8, 2022, the voters approved Measure H, 53.8% to 46.2%. Measure H passed in 6 of the 7 council districts and went into effect on December 22, 2022. Click here to learn more about your new rights under Measure H (Article XVIII of the Pasadena City Charter).
Pressuring city council to adopt an emergency ordinance to prevent retaliatory evictions
Following the passage of a statewide law for renter protections in fall 2019 that went into effect in January 2020, landlords were handing out evictions to try to jack up rents. These heartless evictions would have put longtime residents out of their homes during the holidays. PTU and its allies brought pressure to Pasadena city hall, demanding a moratorium on evictions. And we won! City hall passed an emergency ordinance after calls to councilmembers, speeches shaming the inaction, and weeks of dedicated organizing.
Protests against the landlord of the Washington 16
16 tenants from 278 E. Washington were evicted from their homes from Richard Byrd and Jeff Lee to make room for renovations and sky high rents. Many had lived in Pasadena for decades and were kicked out for developer profits.
Launching a campaign to get rent control and just cause for evictions in Pasadena
We believe everyone has a right to a safe and stable home, and the people of Pasadena will never have stable homes until we have protections from evictions without "just cause" and a protection from arbitrary rent increases which become evictions in practice. This campaign that we are a part of would tie rent increases to inflation, and require landlords to show "cause" to evict tenants (e.g. violating terms of the lease, or nonpayment of rent). More coverage of the campaign.