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Chiu Bill to Reduce Homelessness Passes Assembly

Legislation will centralize state data on homelessness to determine the most effective programs and solutions

SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address California’s homelessness crisis passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2161 will centralize data related to homelessness across state agencies to ensure resources are being used effectively.

Chiu Bill to Fund Embarcadero Seawall Improvements Passes Assembly

Legislation would generate $250 million to strengthen San Francisco waterfront to protect against seismic events and flooding

SACRAMENTO—A bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to finance crucial improvements to the Embarcadero Seawall along three miles of San Francisco waterfront passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2578 would give the state a mechanism to contribute to the Seawall Earthquake Safety Program and would generate an estimated $55 million in the first ten years of the program and $250 million over the lifetime of the program.

Legislation to Audit Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Passes Assembly

Bill will complete a statewide audit of all backlogged sexual assault evidence kits

SACRAMENTO--A bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits passed the Assembly today. The measure, Assembly Bill 3118, will require a statewide audit of all untested rape kits in California.

Chiu Bill to Streamline Approvals of Housing for Homeless Californians Passes Assembly

Legislation will make it easier to build supportive housing in California

SACRAMENTO--A bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to address California’s homelessness crisis passed the Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2162 will streamline approvals for permanent supportive housing ensuring individuals experiencing homelessness are able to get off of the street and into permanent supportive housing.

Key Chiu Bills Clear Assembly Appropriations Committee

Bills will reduce backlog of untested rape kits, address California’s housing crisis, expand health care, and rebuild the San Francisco Seawall

SACRAMENTO--Nine bills authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) cleared a crucial legislative hurdle today when they came off the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s suspense file. The bills would help reduce the backlog of untested rape kits, incentivize transit-oriented development, begin to tackle the State’s homelessness crisis, make health care more affordable, and invest in the San Francisco Seawall.

California lawmakers push ahead on rape-kit bills after Berkeley failure

The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Two bills to ensure that California law enforcement agencies don’t ignore rape kits passed key committee votes in the state Legislature on Friday.
Advocates say the bills are needed so that critical sexual assault evidence isn’t shelved, with many pointing to a case in Berkeley as an example of the harm one forgotten rape kit can cause.

PD Editorial: Clear California’s backlog of sexual assault kits

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat Editorial Board

The arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer showed how useful DNA can be in solving crimes, even old ones. Yet an enormous collection of DNA evidence sits untouched in California. State lawmakers and local law enforcement should prioritize testing thousands of rape kits.

Two bills introduced in Sacramento would do just that.

California lead paint initiative comes under fire

The Mercury News, Katy Murphy

SACRAMENTO — In dramatic fashion, state lawmakers on Wednesday ripped into a California ballot initiative to have taxpayers, not paint companies, pay for lead-paint cleanup while overturning a landmark court ruling that made three manufacturers liable for the cost.

After hearing a panel of paint company representatives and initiative supporters quote President Barack Obama and invoke the racially discriminatory and since-banned practice of “redlining” in mortgage lending, lawmakers exploded.

The unconscionable backlog of unprocessed rape kits in California

The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

Women reporting a rape are often encouraged to undergo a grueling and invasive examination to collect DNA and other physical evidence. The process can take several hours, and involves poking and prodding and swabbing and questioning as medical professionals take samples from the parts of the victim's body that the rapist touched during the assault.