March 2017 Newsletter
Protecting Immigrants at Home, School, and Work
Our immigrant families are under attack. After trying to implement two unconstitutional executive orders, Trump has proposed that 10,000 new ICE agents deport anyone without proper documentation; after his Congressional allies have blocked comprehensive immigration reform. Trump’s attorney general has repeated the irresponsible threat to yank funding from sanctuary cities like San Francisco. Trump is sowing fear in our communities while making us less safe.
California is responding - with the California Values Act, SB 54, which limits state cooperation with federal law enforcement. This bill, along with a host of others, solidifies our status as the heart of the resistance to Trump. Earlier this year, I worked with legal aid attorneys around the state to propose the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, to protect the vast majority of immigrants who are tenants. AB 291 will deter the small number of unscrupulous landlords who use their tenants’ immigration status to harass or evict them. AB 291 recently passed the Judiciary Committee - after this incredible witness testimony.
Along with Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach), I am authoring AB 699 to keep ICE out of classrooms. Our bill prohibits ICE officers from entering public schools with prior approval from a principal or district superintendent, and it prevents school officials from collecting information about the immigration status of a student. No student should fear going to school, and all parents should be able to send their kids to school knowing that they’re in a safe educational environment.
Last week, I joined the California Labor Federation, SEIU, and the faith community to unveil the Immigrant Worker Protection Act to address the illegal workplace raids that we anticipate are coming. AB 450 requires that employers ask for a judicial warrant before granting ICE access to a worksite, and for a subpoena before sharing confidential employee information. Our immigrants who form the backbone of our economy should not go to work in fear.
As the son of immigrants and a former civil rights attorney, I am deeply committed to this work. I look forward to working with you as we fight to protect immigrant families at home, at school, and at work.
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
In this newsletter:
- Housing Affordability Hearings Continue around CA
- "We The People" Award from Common Cause
- Olga Miranda - AD 17 Woman of the Year
- Get Your CalEITC Cash Back Refund this Tax Season
In March, the California Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, which I chair, has been traveling around the state to continue the crucial dialogue with housing experts and community advocates on solutions to the housing affordability crisis. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon joined us for our Los Angeles event. We covered a variety of solutions to the crisis, including a new permanent source of affordable housing funding that I have proposed (AB 71, described below), creative ways to reduce homelessness, ideas for increasing housing creation, and strengthening enforcement of our state’s housing laws.
I am also pleased to report that my Bring CA Home Act (AB 71) and my Housing for a Healthy California Act (AB 74) passed out of their first committee.
Caption: Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), Assemblymember Rob Bonta ( D- Oakland),
Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Housing Advocates and Experts (Left to Right)
Caption: Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D – Paramount) and Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D – Whittier) (Left to Right)
I am humbled to receive a 2017 "We The People" Award from California Common Cause for our work together to expand public financing of elections and other electoral reforms. Together, we worked on passing two bills I co-authored last year, SB 1107 and SB 1288, which update the California Political Reform Act to fight corruption and allow for greater adoption of ranked choice voting. Common Cause has been an important partner as we continue the never-ending work of strengthening California’s democracy.
Congratulations to Olga Miranda, who we honored this month on the Assembly floor as our Assembly District 17 Woman of the Year. Olga is an amazing labor leader. As President of SEIU Local 87, she fights every day for San Francisco's 4,000 janitorial workers, and as secretary-treasurer of the San Francisco Labor Council, she has championed the needs of 100,000 workers. She is one of the youngest Latinas and the first mother elected to her role in SEIU history, and has been a fierce voice for working families and immigrants. She accepted the 2017 Woman of the Year award for all women in labor in San Francisco.
I am partnering with CalEITC4me to help spread awareness about the California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and to help working families across our state receive up to $6,000 in tax refunds. Californians must file their taxes by April 18 to qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit. To find out if you are eligible, visit caleitc4me.org.
Each year, the Legal Services Funders Network (LSFN) puts on a signature event to help educate the community and bring together those with a shared interest in supporting legal services, which are critical to alleviating poverty and inequality. This year, I will be joining LSFN to provide insight on California’s response to the current Administration’s executive orders and threatened federal budget cuts. Please contact Jen Kwart at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Thursday, April 6
2:30 - 5 p.m.
Milton Marks Auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Join the Chiu Crew as we explore the 3rd Street corridor for Sunday Streets! Enjoy car-free fun in the Bayview and Dogpatch neighborhoods from 22nd Street to Donner Avenue on 3rd Street, with activities for the whole family to enjoy all along the way.
Sunday, April 9
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
I am teaming up with Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Phil Ting for a town hall meeting to discuss our agenda in California as we face new threats from the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans in Washington. To RSVP or get more information, please contact my district office at (415) 557-3013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 22
U.C. Hastings, Louis B. Meyer Auditorium
198 McAllister Street
Please join me as we celebrate the life and work of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. There will be music, entertainment, and arts and crafts along 24th Street between Treat Street and Bryant Street. Please email Genesis Garcia at email@example.com if you’re interested in joining us.
Saturday, April 29
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
I look forward to meeting with folks at our upcoming office hours in Nob Hill. Please email Jen Kwart at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come by since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Saturday, April 29
1:30 - 3 p.m.
1414 Taylor Street