April 2016 Newsletter
It’s been a busy month in both San Francisco and Sacramento. April is the heaviest month for legislative hearings in the Capitol. Almost all of my bills, including our efforts to improve accountability for rape kit testing, increase voter registration among students, and take the Healthy Nails movement statewide, are moving forward.
But perhaps most importantly, earlier this week, I was joined by a dozen of my Assembly colleagues to unveil a plan to provide more than $1.3 billion in state funding for affordable housing programs, addressing homelessness and rental assistance to workforce housing and homeownership. I hope you’ll read more about this below.
In San Francisco in April, we had fun in the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Cesar Chavez Parade, and at various Earth Day festivities. As always, I would love to hear from you if there are issues that we can help with - please don’t hesitate to contact my District Office! I hope you can make it to one of the exciting events we have this month in San Francisco.
In this newsletter:
- State Funding Crucial to Addressing Housing Crisis
- Taking Healthy Nails Statewide
- Earth Day with the Chiu Crew!
- Upcoming Events
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
We know that San Francisco has been experiencing a severe housing affordability crisis for years, but the problem is being felt throughout the Golden State. While we’re the eighth largest economy in the world, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation when housing costs are included - and the state must play a role to change that reality. That’s why this week, as Chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, I announced a major budget proposal with a dozen of my Democratic colleagues -- a solution that would deliver relief to families struggling to keep up with skyrocketing rents and home prices in California. Since 2008, median rents in California have increased by over 20 percent, as median incomes have dropped by 8 percent. My colleagues share this commitment to make a strategic investment in this budget year to address our housing crisis. Struggling families in California cannot wait. For more details on our $1.3 billion budget proposal to address California’s housing crisis, please click here.
San Francisco led the state once again when we set up an innovative effort called the Healthy Nail Salon program a few years ago, based on legislation I championed on the Board of Supervisors to recognize those nail salons that provide a toxic free environment for their workers and customers. My AB 2125 will set up statewide guidelines for a Healthy Nail Salon Recognition program for local governments and nail salons. This bill was passed unanimously out of both the Assembly Health and Environmental Safety & Toxic Chemicals Committees this past month, and nail salon workers from around the state came to Sacramento to testify in support of the bill. AB 2125 is currently in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
We had a blast celebrating Earth Day with the Portola Neighborhood Association and many of you at our Earth Day Fair! Thank you to the 150 plus residents who came to learn about composting with Recology, hear the importance of water conservation courtesy of SFPUC, snack on some produce from the Garden Project, or sing your favorite tune using SF Department of Environment’s bicycle-powered karaoke machine. Looking forward to working with our many sponsors to continue to protect our environment and move forward strong conservation policies at the state level.
Continuing in our series of district-based neighborhood forums, please join me and Supervisor Aaron Peskin for a District 3 community forum this weekend. Come hear about the work I have been doing in Sacramento and how we can collaborate to make the diverse neighborhoods in District 3 and our city a better place to live.
Saturday, April 30
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CCSF Chinatown/North Beach Campus
Bamboo Multipurpose Room 402
808 Kearny Street
Public transportation is encouraged, as parking will be limited. Please email Jen Kwart at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you plan to attend.
Our office is participating in Next 10’s California Budget Challenge, which is a great interactive presentation that allows attendees to go through the process of crafting California’s budget. If you have thoughts on our state’s budget priorities, please join us. As a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, I look forward to your thoughts.
Friday, May 20
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Carlisle Senior Center
1450 Post Street, SF
Please email Catie Arbona at email@example.com for more information.
Please help us celebrate APA Heritage Month and stop by our booth at the Asian Heritage Street Festival -- a celebration of all Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and identities that brings together community and encourages diversity.
Saturday, May 21
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Hyde Street & McAllister Street
If you have questions or would like more information about the event, please contact David Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to meeting with you at our May district office hours in Cole Valley. Please email Jen Kwart at Jennifer.Kwart@asm.ca.gov if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Saturday, May 7
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Cole Valley Cafe
701 Cole Street, SF