May 2015 Newsletter
I hope everyone is enjoying springtime in San Francisco and the Bay Area, particularly as our Giants take the field and the Warriors move forward in the playoffs.
Our State Capitol has been very busy in recent weeks. In this newsletter, you can find updates on my legislation, including my bills to help protect a woman's right to choose, to provide equal protection for all parents to have a family, and to build more affordable housing in San Francisco and throughout California.
If you are a student impacted by the recent Corinthian College closures, including San Francisco's Heald College campus, there's help. You can find more information in my newsletter.
As always, should you have any state-related questions or concerns, please call my district office at (415) 557-3013.
Assemblymember, 17th District
In this newsletter:
- Remembering the Holocaust
- Heald College Closure - Help for Students
- Reproductive F.A.C.T. Act Passes Policy Committees
- LGBT Bills Advance; Join Us for Pride!
- Affordable Housing Tax Credit Moves Forward
- Upper Haight Office Hours
- APIA Heritage Month Celebration
Remembering the Holocaust
The California State Assembly recently recognized Holocaust survivors this year during Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. I was honored to invite Agnes Biro Rothblatt from San Francisco. Agnes was born in Budapest, Hungary and survived the Holocaust and World War II before immigrating to the United States. A sincere thank you to Agnes and her son Andre Rothblatt for joining us in Sacramento for this important day.
Heald College Closure - Help for Students
Are you a Corinthian College or Heald College student with student loans? Has your school recently closed? There is help on the way.
If you were recently enrolled at a Corinthian College such as Heald College in San Francisco, you may have the right to a closed school discharge of your student loans and the right to a reimbursement from the Student Tuition Recovery Fund to cover any additional funds spent on tuition. Visit oag.ca.gov/Corinthian to learn about your rights.
The State Assembly has introduced legislation that I am co-authoring to help students who were left stranded by the closures. Assembly Bill 573 will ensure that Corinthian College students have access to educational opportunity, economic relief and legal aid. Please visit my website https://a17.asmdc.org/article/help-corinthian-college-students for information about the bill.
Reproductive F.A.C.T. Act Passes Policy Committees
California has an important legacy of protecting a woman's constitutional right to choose and funding a full spectrum of reproductive health services for those who cannot afford them. However, these programs can only be effective if women are fully aware of the services that are available to them. AB 775 will require clinics to post information about public programs that provide the full spectrum of reproductive services, like testing, prenatal care and abortion.
AB 775 was approved by both our Assembly Health Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee recently, and will soon be considered on the floor of the full Assembly.
LGBT Bills Advance; Join Us for Pride!
Over the past week, our bills to ensure our LGBT communities count advanced through their Assembly committees. AB 959, the LGBT Disparities Reduction Act, requires specified state agencies to collect voluntary information about sexual orientation and gender identity as they collect other demographic data. AB 960, the Equal Protection for All Families Act, modernizes our state's assisted reproduction laws to ensure all couples using assisted reproduction are fully recognized as parents as intended.
Speaking of standing with our LGBT families, please save Sunday, June 28 to march with our contingent in the 44th Annual San Francisco Pride Parade. I would be honored to have you join me! Please email Aaron Kahn at Aaron.Kahn@asm.ca.gov if you can join us, so we can share with you the exact timing and meeting location for our contingent; tentative plans are to meet on Sunday, June 28th at 10:30am at Market & Beale Streets.
Affordable Housing Tax Credit Moves Forward
Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and I are working together to champion $300 million in more state tax credits for affordable housing units in California, which would leverage an additional $600 million in federal funds for housing. San Francisco is at the epicenter of the affordable housing crisis in California, according to a report by the California Housing Partnership, and more must to be done to help us meet the affordable housing need. That's why we've introduced AB 35,which was supported unanimously by the Assembly Housing Committee and will be considered by the full Assembly in the next few months. AB 35 now enjoys bipartisan support, and I look forward to working with my colleagues this year to help provide more affordable housing in San Francisco and all of California.
Upper Haight Office Hours
I look forward to meeting with you at our May monthly district office hours in the Upper Haight. 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 23
10:00 am-11:30 am
Coffee to the People
1206 Masonic Avenue
APIA Heritage Month Celebration
May is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month-a time when we recognize the diverse history and heritage of Asian Pacific Islander Americans and commemorate the many contributions APIA leaders have made to our community. You can join us in the celebration at the 11th Annual Asian Heritage Street celebration. For more information, visit asianfairsf.com.
11th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration
Saturday, May 16
11:00 am-6:00 pm
Civic Center Plaza