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Two cities on the Peninsula rejected proposals this week to strengthen protections for tenants.

Foster City and Burlingame both declined to pass ordinances that would have retroactively barred evictions without just cause and limited rent increases, with city leaders expressing concern about unfairly targeting landlords. Palo Alto also delayed consideration of a similar ordinance.

The votes stand in stark contrast to more than a handful of other Bay Area cities that have adopted emergency ordinances to protect renters in response to concerns about landlords booting tenants from apartments before a new state law that will make it harder to hand out eviction notices takes effect next year.

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