Protect Fullerton Residents From Evictions Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Fullerton City Council

So far there are 187 cases of coronavirus and one fatality in Orange County, yet medical facilities are still severely unprepared for a pandemic and test kits are not readily available to all medical workers, so it is likely that the number of cases is far higher. Coronavirus grows exponentially, therefore it is important to keep all non-necessary working people at home to contain it. Rent and mortgage relief are critical to giving people financial support so they do not have to worry about how they will make their payments.

Petition by
Mike Rodriguez
Fullerton, California

To: Fullerton City Council
From: [Your Name]

We call on the City Council of Fullerton to immediately pass an ordinance to execute the following:

1. Impose a moratorium on evictions per the authority given by the Governor of California for renters who will be financially impacted by the coronavirus, or COVID-19, due to missing work, (voluntarily or otherwise), or their businesses not being patronized for the next sixty days or until the COVID-19 crisis has been abated, regardless of immigration status. Landlords must not post notices nor file evictions for non-payment of rent until this crisis has been abated. Once the situation has stabilized, landlords must accept partial payment of rent and agree to make payment arrangements without late fees.

2. Send correspondence to Congressman Gil Cisneros, State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, State Senator Ling Ling Chang, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs to publicly state support for federal intervention of the foreclosure process for residential and commercial property owners impacted by the coronavirus for sixty days or until this COVID-19 crisis has been abated, regardless of immigration status. Financial institutions must not post notices for non-payment. They must accept partial payment of mortgage and agree to make payment arrangements without late fees once the situation has stabilized.

3. Impose a moratorium on rent increases for 60 days or until the COVID-19 crisis has been abated.

4. Continue city services and utilities, including water and electricity, and defer fees without interest for the next sixty days or until the COVID-19 crisis has been abated, and agree to make payment arrangements without late fees once the situation has stabilized.

5. Impose a moratorium on parking fees and late payment penalties for past parking violations for sixty days or until the COVID-19 crisis has been abated.
Renters and mortgage payers who will be financially impacted by the coronavirus should not have to face this public health crisis while dealing with the stress of an eviction/foreclosure. Even if non-payment is not coronavirus related, evictions for non-payment of rent directly increase our houseless population, which we expect to be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus.

Elected leaders must take bold action and call on landlords and financial institutions to honor this demand and take all necessary measures to halt all non-payment of rent and mortgage evictions, ideally before they are even filed.

Here are a list of California cities that have already passed such ordinances:
Alameda
Anaheim
Burbank
Costa Mesa
Culver City
Garden Grove
Glendale
Inglewood
Irvine
Long Beach
Los Ángeles (city)
Los Angeles (unincorporated county)
Pasadena
Sacramento
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
Santa Ana
Santa Monica
South Pasadena

Please sign this petition and contact the Fullerton City Council with these urgent requests. Demand that they take action now!

Jennifer Fitzgerald, Mayor At Large, Jenniferf@cityoffullerton.com
Jan M. Flory, Mayor Pro Tem, jflory@cityoffullerton.com
Jesus Silva, District 3, jesuss@cityoffullerton.com
Bruce Whitaker, At-Large, bwwhitaker@live.com
Ahmad Zahra, District 5, AhmadZ@cityoffullerton.com

Sincerely,

Harry Langenbacher
Fullerton Resident

Mike Rodriguez, M.Ed.
Public School Teacher
Fullerton Resident

SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS:
*Housing is a Human Right-Orange County
*People's Homeless Task Force-Orange County
*VietRise
*Chicanxs Unidxs de Orange County
*AHRI for Justice-OC
*Resilience OC
*Woodcrest Association
*Oakview ComUNIDAD

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS:
*Joanne Fawley
Trustee
Fullerton Joint Unified School Board
*Jeanette Vazquez
President
Fullerton School District Board of Trustees
*Jose Trinidad Castaneda