October 2016 Newsletter
With the 2016 legislative session complete, I’m pleased to report that Governor Brown signed 12 bills that our Chiu Crew sent to his desk, with only one veto. I appreciate the support of my fellow legislative colleagues, issue advocates and San Franciscans who helped us pass five bills to fight the affordable housing crisis, as well as other bills to increase voting by young people, protect LGBT families, promote healthy nail salons, and repeal anti-immigrant language from state law. Please see more below.
This fall, it has also been great to be back in our district, to spend time with many of you and to generate new ideas for the future. We have unfinished business on affordable housing, transportation funding, skyrocketing prescription drug prices, helping working families, and other issues crucial to our state.
Please feel free to contact my District Office if we can help with anything. I hope to see you soon at one of our events or my office hours. Happy Halloween!
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
In this newsletter:
Bills Signed by the Governor
Housing Bills to #BringCAHome
Governor Brown signed five bills I authored to take on the affordable housing crisis impacting our entire state.
AB 723 (Housing Finance)—Expedites the delivery of $114 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, modernizes California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) rent and income occupancy standards, and provides flexibility to CalHFA to finance housing developments that meet the needs of low-income renters who earn between 60 and 80 percent of the area median income.
AB 2797 (Mission Rock Project)—Facilitates the creation of the new Mission Rock neighborhood in San Francisco. Mission Rock will consist of 8 acres of parks and 1,500 apartment units—40 percent for low-to middle-income individuals and families—as well as up to 1.3 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail. The project, to be built in anticipation of sea level rise, is scheduled to complete environmental review in 2017.
AB 2818 (Equitable Taxation for Community Land Trusts)—Incentivizes the creation of Community Land Trusts (CLTs), an affordable and innovative type of homeownership, by establishing a fair property valuation process for them. Thanks to the San Francisco Community Land Trust for your leadership in this area.
AB 2819 (Tenant Protection)—Prevents innocent tenants facing an eviction lawsuit from having their credit tarnished and future housing opportunities jeopardized by keeping tenants’ court records private unless the landlord prevails in the lawsuit. Previously, tenants could be blacklisted if their cases were not resolved within 60 days, even if they ultimately won the eviction lawsuit.
AB 2820 (Defense against Price Gouging)—Expands protections in state law for tenants and others by prohibiting price gouging of housing and other services during declared emergencies like gas leaks, wildfires and earthquakes.
Other Signed Bills
The governor also signed seven other bills I authored to improve the lives of all Californians.
AB 626 (Prompt Payment)—Closes a loophole in contracting law that has prevented contractors, who performed extra work for public works programs, from being promptly paid by establishing a process to resolve disputes expeditiously.
AB 2125 (Healthy Nails)—Creates statewide program guidelines to help cities and counties incentivize nail salons to use products that are less toxic and to adopt practices safer for workers and customers - building on the innovative model established by the San Francisco Healthy Nail Salon Program.
AB 2349 (Surrogacy Parentage Protection Act)—Protects parents of children conceived through surrogacy in California – including many same-sex couples who rely on reproductive assistance to start their families – from having their rights violated in other states.
AB 2374 (Yerba Buena Ramps Project)—Facilitates the construction of a crucial seismic safety project connecting the Bay Bridge with Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands.
AB 2532 (Erasing Anti-Immigrant Language)—Repeals an outdated law that had required employment service agencies to verify an individual’s immigration status, which was passed during the anti-immigrant era leading to the passage of the notorious Proposition 187.
AB 2455 (Student Voting Act)—Increase voter registration and civic engagement among California students by creating an online link between class enrollment and voter registration for the three million students in California’s public college and university systems. The winner of our Assembly office’s inaugural “There Ought to Be a Law” program, was a bill was proposed by two UC Berkeley Law Students, including Mission resident Paul Monge (pictured).
AB 2739 (Curran Theatre)—Clarifies a law that set standards for liquor licenses in San Francisco’s historic theaters to encourage San Francisco’s lively arts scene.
All of these bills go into effect January 1, 2017.
San Francisco Happenings
With our 2016 Legislative Session complete, it’s been great to join many of our neighbors at events this fall.
We held our 2nd annual Latino Heritage Month celebration in District 9 - great to partner with the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco, Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco, Jamestown Community Center, Mission Language and Vocational School, Latinos Unidos, MEPI, and the Mission Housing Development Corporation. Aren't these kids adorable?
As an elected official, I’ve been thrown into a lot of situations, but never into a pool by my legislative colleagues. We did it to raise money for the important affordable housing work of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center. A night to remember! Photo Credit: Drew Altizer
Victory in the Bayview! At this month’s opening of a grocery store on Third Street, I'm thrilled to have local small business Duc Loi, which means "ethical earnings," as my neighborhood grocery. Congrats to Supervisor Malia Cohen and everyone in the community who made it happen.
Get Your Costume Ready: Halloween in District 5
We’re pleased to partner with community organization Mo' MAGIC for an after-school Halloween celebration in District 5! Come join us for games, activities, and a haunted house! We look forward to seeing everyone dressed in their best Halloween costume (please, no clown costumes). Please contact Catie Arbona at Catherine.Arbona@asm.ca.gov or (415) 557-3013 if you have any questions.
Monday, October 31, 4 - 6 p.m.
Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister Street, San Francisco, 94102
My son Lucas and I are ready for Halloween.
Western Addition Office Hours
I look forward to meeting with you at our upcoming district office hours in the Western Addition. Please email Catie Arbona at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Monday, November 28
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Fillmore Street Cafe, 1301 Fillmore St