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Friday, February 22, 2019

New legislation will provide emergency grants for students with unforeseen financial hardships

San Francisco, CA--State and local lawmakers joined students today to announce new legislation by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that would provide community college students with emergency financial aid.  Assembly Bill 943 will allow community colleges to administer emergency grants to help stabilize students in financial crisis in order to continue their education.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Audit will investigate why over one-quarter of California schools report having zero homeless students enrolled despite high rates of homelessness across the state

Sacramento, CA--Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) announced today they are requesting an audit of local school districts to examine why student homelessness may be going unreported or underreported throughout California. The audit will analyze why over one-quarter of California schools report that they have no homeless students enrolled and as a result, are not providing any state- or federally-mandated services to students experiencing homelessness.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Los Angeles Times, Liam Dillon

Low-income housing developments in California could receive a continued infusion of public subsidies under proposals unveiled this week by state lawmakers.

Multiple new bills call for new funding for low-income housing through a revival of an urban redevelopment program and by increasing tax credits to fund new projects. Legislators have failed to pass versions of the same measures in years past, but have new hopes because Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom campaigned on spending more money on housing. They also point out the state budget’s bottom line remains strong.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Bills will bring back redevelopment agencies with reforms and expand the state’s low-income housing tax credit

Sacramento, CA--Lawmakers today announced two proposals to significantly increase funding for affordable housing and infrastructure production in California. The bills, introduced by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) along with a large group of colleagues, will expand the state low-income housing tax credit and create affordable housing and infrastructure agencies, an effort to recreate former redevelopment agencies.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Photo: Anne Wernikoff/KQED

KQED, Guy Marzorati

Democrats in the California state Legislature want to revive a controversial community renovation program, and with it, bring back billions of dollars for affordable housing.

The program, called redevelopment, was ended in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown and a Legislature intent on closing a massive budget hole. Democrats believe their proposal will get a boost next year by the support of the state's new governor, Gavin Newsom.

"We think it is the right time to bring back a new version of redevelopment," said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sacramento, CA--The California Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) today announced new policy priorities and leadership with Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) taking the reins as chair of the caucus for the 2019-2020 legislative session.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Legislation requires BART to establish transit-oriented development zoning standards on BART-owned land

SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) at certain Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill 2923 will require BART to set new standards for transit-oriented development on BART-owned land within a half mile of a BART station. To reduce delays, the bill requires local governments to update their own zoning to meet BART’s affordability and zoning standards.