SMRR won rent control in 1979. It has fought since then to protect renters and all residents of Santa Monica. It is a membership organization, with democratic decision making. It's been active in local elections and won progressive majorities on the SM City Council for all but 4 of those years. It's always kept a majority on Santa Monica's elected Rent Board. SMRR also coalesces on statewide renter and affordable housing issues. Quality and equitable education policy is it's third local priority, and for many years has helped keep progressive majorities on the local School and College Boards.