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LGBT advocates optimistic about remaining bills in California Legislature

Los Angeles Blade, Christopher Kane

With days remaining before the conclusion of California’s legislative session on Friday, August 31, the fate of at least 12 measures that concern the state’s LGBT community remains uncertain. Advocates are hopeful, though, that a string of recent victories will signal favorable outcomes. 

Editorial: California Assembly must pass bill to build housing near BART

The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

The state of California in general and the Bay Area in particular have a housing crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from the journey AB2923 has had through the state Legislature.

This bill, which was introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Tim Grayson, D-Concord, offers a simple way to add badly needed new housing where the Bay Area needs it most.

Legislators Push for Free Community College in CA

Los Angeles Sentinel News Service

As the initial wave of first-time, full-time students prepare to begin their newly-free classes at community colleges across California, Assembly leaders debuted a measure stating the legislature’s intent to waive fees for Year Two.  By doing so, an Associates Degree in California will effectively become free.

California Senate passes huge BART housing bill

Curbed SF, Adam Brinklow

On Thursday the California State Senate passed AB 2923 on a 26-13 vote, potentially setting up BART to develop thousands or even tens of thousands of new homes on property it owns near stations within the next few years.

However, among the dissenting voices on the bill are several BART board members themselves.

Bill to Encourage Transit-Oriented Development at BART Stations Clears Senate Floor

Sacramento, CA--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 today passed the Senate Floor. 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.  

California legislature passes bill to protect renters who call 9-1-1

The Mercury News, Katy Murphy

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to protect tenants from being thrown out of their homes for calling 9-1-1 in an emergency.

The proposal, which now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, takes aim at local ordinances that can result in a tenant being labeled a “nuisance” — a cause for eviction — because they called for help.

“People should be able to call for help without fear of losing their home,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, in an interview Thursday.