RICHMOND -- In a raucous meeting that lasted more than six hours and drew hundreds of people, the Richmond City Council has passed rent control, making Richmond the first city in Contra Costa to enact such an ordinance.
The meeting, which was filled to standing room capacity, was the culmination of nearly six months of discussion about how to best protect low-income residents from displacement. Rents have increased by an estimated 30 percent over the past four years, although housing prices are still much lower than in many surrounding cities.

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