October 2015 Newsletter
After my first legislative year in Sacramento, it is great to be back full time in San Francisco and our district! While I was thrilled Governor Brown signed 11 of my bills, we still have much more to do, and my staff and I are working hard to make sure critical issues like affordable housing continue to be raised.
I hope to see you around town, hopefully at one of the San Francisco events described in our newsletter. As always, if you have any state-related issues, please don’t hesitate to contact me at my district office!
In this newsletter:
- Back to the District!
- 11 Chiu Bills Signed by Governor Brown
- Earned Income Tax Credit - Are You Eligible?
- Scheduling Fairness - Next Steps
- San Francisco Financial Planning Day
- Hayes Valley Office Hours
- District 11 Community Forum
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore
After an exciting first year in Sacramento, I am happy to be back in San Francisco, reconnecting with constituents and visiting all of the wonderful neighborhoods in District 17!
Latino Heritage Month Celebration
Thanks to the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco, Latinos Unidos, Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas, Poquito and La Santaneca for making our office’s first annual Latino Heritage Celebration a success! I look forward to continuing this tradition and working closely with the members of our diverse Latino communities in the years to come.
LGBT Advisory Committee Meeting & Alice B. Toklas Fall Awards
After two vetoes of previous bills to require the collection by state agencies of critical LGBT data to address key disparities, Governor Brown finally signed our LGBT Disparities Reduction Act (AB 959), as well as our Equal Protection for All Families Act (AB 960), which will modernize family laws regarding assisted reproduction. It’s been great to have the opportunity to thank our allies who helped us deliver these important victories at our recent LGBT Advisory Committee meeting and the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s Annual Fall Awards.
Kayaking India Basin
Each year, the India Basin Neighborhood Association puts together a day of kayaking for kids in the neighborhood. For many, this is the first time they have ever been on the water in any way. This month, I had the pleasure of joining over 100 kids from our southeast neighborhoods for a day of education, water and fun.
Team Chiu’s first year in the Legislature produced one of the most successful legislative packages in the freshman class, with 11 bills signed by Governor Jerry Brown:
- AB 404 - Provides transparency and strengthens accountability of community college accrediting agencies, in the wake of the challenges facing the City College of San Francisco.
- AB 418 - Enhances protections for domestic violence survivors by allowing a tenant survivor to terminate a rental lease in order to escape violence and move to safer housing.
- AB 438 - Translates critical workers' compensation program documents into Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
- AB 775 - Ensures that women who seek services from clinics that provide pregnancy-related care will know all available options, and requires unlicensed pregnancy-related care clinics to notify women that they are not medically licensed. While anti-choice organizations have filed lawsuits against AB 775, we look forward to the courts upholding a woman’s right to choose.
- AB 792 - Allows California nonprofits to make better investment decisions for improved returns.
- AB 959 - Requires health and human agencies to collect voluntarily-provided data about our diverse LGBT communities to address disparities and ensure services are available.
- AB 960 - Updates our laws to reflect the realities of our LGBT families to clarify the rights of parents who use assisted reproductive methods.
- AB 1096 - Promotes increased bicycle use and safety by updating electric bicycle regulations to treat them more like regular bicycles.
- AB 1236 - Establishes uniformity and permit streamlining for the installation of charging stations around the state to support the expansion of electric vehicles in California.
- AB 1287 - Helps Muni riders by making the Transit-Only Lane Enforcement program permanent to speed Muni trips by keeping double-parked cars out of bus-only lanes.
- AB 1429 (passed as part of the budget) - Assists owners of low-income tenant residential properties to access a grant program to seismically retrofit buildings against earthquake.
Unfortunately, two of our bills were vetoed:
- AB 35 - Would have provided $300 million in affordable housing tax credits, leveraging $600 million in federal low-income housing tax credits and over a billion dollars of private sector capital. While AB 35 was supported by 118 legislators and hundreds of organizations, our state lost a significant opportunity to make a smart investment to tackle our affordable housing crisis. I am committed to continue working with the Administration to find opportunities to build more affordable housing in California.
- AB 1347 - Would have created a clear and fair process to resolve claims on public works projects. We will continue to work with the Administration and stakeholders to make sure we find a resolution for a fair claims process.
Based on a law I co-authored, California now offers its own Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families and individuals. You and your family may qualify if:
- Your principal residence is in California for more than half the tax year.
- Both your adjusted gross income and earned income is no more than:
- $6,580 if there are no qualifying children.
- $9,880 if there is one qualifying child.
- $13,870 if there are two or more qualifying children.
- Your investment income, such as interest, dividends, royalties, and capital gains cannot exceed $3,400 for the entire tax year.
For more information, you can click here.
Assemblymember Chiu, with Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) discussing the importance of family-friendly workplace policies.
In California, there are over 3 million workers paid low wages for hourly work in our rapidly growing food and retail industry. It’s clear that these jobs are no longer for high school students - these are jobs held by adults and families who often have to juggle childcare, schooling, and a critical second or third job to make ends meet. At the state or national level, there are no protections when it comes to workers’ schedules. Earlier this month, the Select Committee on Women in the Workplace held a hearing in San Francisco to discuss scheduling fairness.
Based on a law I authored in San Francisco, earlier this year I proposed AB 357 to address this critical issue for 59 percent of the national workforce that is paid hourly, of which 62 percent are women. This is a new issue for discussion on the state landscape, but we have momentum to continue the fight in California.
In November, certified financial planners and credit counselors will be volunteering to offer free, one-on-one financial counseling and financial planning workshops. Spanish and Chinese language planners will be available. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 7
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco CA 94102
I look forward to meeting with you at our monthly district office hours in Hayes 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, November 14
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
I look forward to teaming up with Supervisor John Avalos for a District 11 community forum. Please join us to talk about the work I have been doing in Sacramento and how we can work together to make the diverse neighborhoods in District 11 and our city a better place to live.
Saturday, November 21
12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Excelsior Boys & Girls Club
163 London Street
San Francisco CA 94112
Public transportation is encouraged, as parking will be limited. Please email Genesis Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you plan to attend.