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California legislators denounce federal immigration raids

Immigrating to another country is all too often fraught with tremendous challenges and sacrifice. Many immigrants undertake the journey to escape from war and violence, poverty and oppression. Often, they are forced to flee without the necessary documentation for our country’s byzantine and arbitrary immigration system.

Assemblymembers Chiu and Thurmond Announce Services for Immigrants and Opposition to Federal Immigration Raids

State Funding for One California Program Contrasts with Federal Actions that Harm Vulnerable Immigrant Communities

San Francisco, CA—Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), representing the California Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus and the California Latino Legislative Caucuses respectively, today joined community organizations to announce the final recipients of “One California” grants to provide nonprofit legal services to immigrants and also came together to oppose federal actions against immigrant communities.

During last year’s state budget process, the California API Legislative Caucus and the California Latino Legislative Caucus created the One California program, securing $15 million to develop a community-based model that will assist eligible immigrants in applying for citizenship or deferred action.

Assemblymember David Chiu Statement on Governor Brown’s State of the State Address

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) today issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address:

“Today we heard from an experienced leader who reminded us that government is about making choices and that we can’t do everything we want to do. Fiscal discipline and saving for a rainy day are important, and so are the efforts we’re making to smartly invest in the success of all Californians. The Governor rightly identified inequality, education, healthcare, climate change, water and infrastructure as some of our state’s great challenges. California’s affordable housing crisis belongs on this list—we have the highest poverty rate in the nation when the cost of housing is included. I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and my colleagues to fulfill the promise of our great state.”

The full text of the Governor’s speech can be found here.

Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore and Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco .

Lawmakers seek to strengthen state’s assault-weapons ban

Assemblyman David Chiu, seeking to strengthen the state’s ban on assault weapons, brought two semiautomatic rifles to San Francisco to show how quick and easy it is to load a clip full of bullets — legally and illegally.

It took him about two seconds to change clips on an illegal assault rifle. And it took him about three seconds — using the “bullet button” loophole in existing law — to change the clips on a legal semiautomatic rifle, the kind available for sale throughout California.

Assemblymember David Chiu and Attorney General Kamala Harris and Advocates Introduce Bill to Close “Bullet Button” Loophole and Strengthen California’s Assault Weapons Ban

Assembly Bill 1663 Would Require Semi-Automatic Rifles to Have Fixed Ammunition Magazines, Making it Harder to Reload a Weapon during a Mass Shooting

San Francisco, CA—Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and gun safety advocates today proposed a bill that would strengthen California’s existing assault weapons ban and close the “bullet button” loophole. Assembly Bill 1663, which is co-authored by Assemblymembers Marc Levine (D-Marin County), Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), would require semi-automatic rifles sold or transferred in California to be manufactured with ammunition magazines that cannot be detached. Fixed magazines prevent the rapid reloading that increases the lethality of horrific mass shootings like the one in San Bernardino last December.

Assemblymember David Chiu Statement on Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) today issued the following statement on Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget:

“California’s growing economy means that instead of deciding on cuts to vital services, we’re focused on how to make smart spending decisions that will improve the lives of our residents. The Governor’s proposed budget includes many worthwhile investments across a range of areas, from health and infrastructure to education and climate change. But on one critical issue of our time – affordable housing – the proposal falls far short of what California needs. We are experiencing an intense housing affordability crisis not just in San Francisco and the Bay Area, but throughout the entire state. When you include housing costs, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. That must change. I look forward to working with the Governor as well as my legislative colleagues to increase our commitment to ensuring that every Californian can afford to thrive and not just scrape by in our Golden State.”

The Governor’s proposed budget can be found here.

Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore and Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco.

Assemblymember David Chiu Appointed Chair of Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after Speaker Toni Atkins today appointed him Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee:
“Having a roof over your head must not be a luxury in California. I appreciate this appointment by Speaker Atkins and look forward to continuing to fight the affordable housing crisis that is afflicting San Francisco, the Bay Area, and our entire state. With a shortage of more than 1.5 million affordable homes in California, and with so many people without a home at all, we have a tremendous amount of work to do. We must improve our housing policies to address the growing inequality in our state.”
The committee’s jurisdiction includes affordable housing, building standards, housing redevelopment, homeless programs, housing finance, land use planning, and rent control.
Assemblymember Chiu is a longtime advocate of affordable housing. As President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2009 to 2014, he authored numerous ordinances to combat San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis, including measures to build affordable housing for homeless veterans, to provide affordable housing preferences to evicted tenants, and to create a pathway to legalization for in-law units. As a freshman in Sacramento this year, Assemblymember Chiu partnered with Speaker Atkins on Assembly Bill 35, which would have doubled funding for the state’s affordable housing tax credit program; the bill passed both the Assembly and the State Senate with near unanimity but was vetoed by Governor Brown. Prior to elected office, David Chiu served as Board Chairman of an affordable housing nonprofit organization.
Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly and represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco.