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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.  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Legislation will audit all backlogged sexual assault evidence kits in California

SACRAMENTO--A bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. The measure, AB 3118, will require a statewide audit of all untested rape kits in California.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Measure will allow guardians ad litem to proceed anonymously

SACRAMENTO--Legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to protect the identities of immigrant parents in California courts was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill 2185 will create a standardized process for individuals who petition courts to become a guardian ad litem under a pseudonym and require courts to make specific findings when determining the need for anonymity.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Law will make it easier to build supportive housing

SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) to address California’s homelessness crisis was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill 2162 will streamline approvals for supportive housing to help individuals experiencing homelessness move into safe, secure housing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO--Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) joined lawmakers and community leaders today to release a letter calling on Congress to recognize the service of Chinese American World War II Veterans.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Law reduces barriers for homeless individuals and homeless youth attempting to secure identification and access benefits

SACRAMENTO—Legislation by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to waive a fee for homeless individuals who seek to obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill 2490 will waive the $25 fee that the California Department of Public Health Vital Records charges when issuing a certified copy of a birth certificate.