June 2015 Newsletter
Happy Pride Month! San Francisco is the thriving epicenter of the LGBTQ movement and home to one of the largest Pride parades in the country. This year’s theme is “Equality Without Exception,” and how important this theme is today. Everyone deserves equal treatment, regardless of race, gender, orientation or identity.
For this year’s parade on June 28th, I’m thrilled to partner again with the Dusty Rhino to celebrate the accomplishments of our LGBTQ community, and would be honored to have you join me at the parade and celebration following. Please e-mail Aaron.Kahn@asm.ca.gov if you can join us.
As always, if you have any state-related issues, please contact my district office at 415-557-3013.
Assemblymember, 17th District
In this newsletter:
Earlier this month, AB 35, the first bill that I introduced to provide an additional $300 million per year in affordable housing tax credits, passed the Assembly with sweeping, bipartisan support. This bill -- part of a package of bills championed by Speaker Toni Atkins -- is critical to San Francisco, as we address our affordable housing crisis.
In my first legislative session, thirteen of my bills have passed the Assembly and will be considered in the Senate this summer. Here are some quick summaries:
- AB 404 responds to the crisis at City College of San Francisco by providing a pathway for California’s community colleges to have a voice during an accrediting agency’s review process to ensure the agency is held accountable.
- AB 418 strengthens protections for domestic violence survivors by making permanent state law allowing a survivor to terminate her rental lease in order to escape violence and move to safer housing.
- AB 438 closes a language access gap for limited-English proficient Californians when seeking workers’ compensation claims by requiring the Division of Workers’ Compensation in the Department of Industrial Relations to comply with the Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act.
- AB 775 ensures California women receive the facts they need to make well-informed decisions regarding their health care by requiring licensed facilities that provide pregnancy-related care to distribute a notice of reproductive health optionsand by mandating that unlicensed facilities disclose their status.
- AB 792 allows California nonprofit public benefit and religious corporations to make better investment decisions for improved returns by clarifying California law regarding the investment of funds by these entities.
- AB 959 brings visibility to the health and human services disparities of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities through data collection so that such disparities can be eliminated.
- AB 960 protects all couples’ rights to grow their families in California by modernizing assisted reproduction laws.
- AB 1096 promotes increased bicycle use and safety by clarifying the definition of electric motor-assisted bicycles (e-bikes) and updating regulations to treat certain low-speed e-bikes more like regular bicycles.
- AB 1236 supports California’s climate goals by streamlining the permitting process for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to help lower the cost of installation and further expand the infrastructure needed to accommodate additional electric vehicles on California’s roadways.
- AB 1287 advances public transportation in San Francisco by making permanent the Transit-Only Lane Enforcement (TOLE) program, which allows Muni buses to more reliably move through our congested streets and enhances safety for all who travel on our streets.
- AB 1347 creates a process to address the indefinite delay of payment to public works contractors for extra work performed that is directed by a public agency by closing a loophole in California prompt payment statutes.
- AB 1429 assists owners of multi-unit residential structures with low-income tenants when they seismically retrofit their buildings by expanding a grant program in high-risk earthquake areas.
June marks Pride month here in San Francisco. It is a wonderful time to celebrate the diversity of our many LGBTQ communities and come together to stand up for equality for all.
The festivities culminate in the Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28. I would be honored to have you join our contingent in the parade and celebrate with us at a party my office is hosting directly after the parade.
45th Annual San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 28
Market and Beale Streets (tentative)
Assemblymember Chiu’s Pride Parade After Party
Sunday, June 28
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14300
If you plan on joining us for either event, please RSVP to Aaron Kahn at Aaron.Kahn@asm.ca.gov.
For a list of all of the exciting Pride events happening this month, please visit the San Francisco Pride website.
District 10 Community Forum
In July, we will be teaming up with Supervisor Malia Cohen for what will be the first in a series of district-focused community forums. Please join me to talk about the work we have been doing in Sacramento and how we can work together to make our Southeast neighborhoods and our city a better place to live for everyone.
Saturday, July 11
11:00 am-12:30 pm
CCSF Southeast Center
Alex L. Pitcher Jr. Community Room
1800 Oakdale Avenue
Please email Genesis Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Noe Valley Office Hours
I look forward to meeting with you at our monthly district office hours in Noe 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, June 20
10:00 am-11:30 am
3966 24th Street