September 2015 Newsletter
After nine months of hard work, the California State Legislature just ended our 2015 legislative session, and #TeamChiu has sent thirteen bills to the Governor's desk. The Legislature has also passed legislation for Governor Brown to consider on important topics, including climate change and end-of-life options for terminally ill patients. You can read about these bills in my newsletter.
In this newsletter:
- Low-income Housing Tax Credit on the Governor's Desk
- Chiu Bills Waiting for Governor's Action
- End of Life Option Act Awaiting Governor's Signature
- Landmark Climate Change Legislation
- Latino Heritage Month Party
- District 5 Neighborhood Forum
- Bayview Office Hours
- SF Financial Planning Day
Member, 17th District
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore
Low-income Housing Tax Credit on the Governor's Desk
We all know California is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis. While San Francisco is particularly challenged when it comes to affordable housing, there is not a single county in California that has an adequate supply of affordable homes, and working families are hurting up and down the state. Speaker Toni Atkins and I jointly authored Assembly Bill 35 to increase our state's Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program by $100 million, which will leverage $200 million in federal low-income housing funds and hundreds of millions of dollars more of private sector investment, as well as create more housing and jobs. Supported by hundreds of organizations from around the state, AB 35 is on the Governor's desk, and we hope to have his support on this critical measure.
To watch my final presentation of AB 35 on the Assembly floor, click here .
Chiu Bills Waiting for Governor's Action
The Governor has approximately 640 bills waiting for his action. After my first year in the State Assembly, I'm thrilled to have sent 13 pieces of legislation, including bills that will improve transit and our environment, protect women's health, ensure that our LGBT families are protected under the law and counted, and fund seismic retrofits to protect buildings and its tenants from earthquake damage. In addition to AB 35 described above, the bills are:
- AB 775 - Makes sure that all women who seek services from clinics that provide pregnancy-related care will know all options that are available to them, regardless of whether or not they can pay. Additionally, it would require unlicensed pregnancy-related care clinics to notify women that they are not medically licensed.
- AB 1236 - Streamlines the application for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
- AB 959 - Ensures that our LGBT communities are recognized and supported by our state's health and human service state agencies. Data on our LGBT communities are not currently known, and AB 959 would be a first step towards making sure appropriate services are available.
- AB 960 - Updates our laws to reflect the realities of our LGBT families, and makes sure that the intended parents are recognized as the legal parents of children who are conceived using assisted reproductive methods.
- AB 1287 - Makes the Transit-Only Lane Enforcement (TOLE) program permanent, and will ensure that our transit-only lanes work on our incredibly congested and busy streets.
- AB 438 - Would translate critical workers' compensation system documents into Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
- AB 404 - Strengthens the accountability of community college accrediting agencies, and will help ensure that the accrediting process will meet established standards.
- AB 1096 - Will allow users of electric bicycles the same health and access benefits that users of bicycles enjoy.
- AB 1347 - Creates a clear and fair process to resolve claims on public works projects.
To date, the Governor has signed two other bills I authored this year and included one in the budget:
- AB 418- The Safe Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors Act will help survivors exit their residential lease early to acquire safe housing.
- AB 792 – Would allow nonprofits to be in a better position to avoid an overly conservative investment approach and improve financial outcomes.
- AB 1429 – This bill was included in the 2015/2016 California State Budget, and would expand the Brace + Bolt program statewide into a sustainable earthquake retrofit incentive program.
End of Life Option Act Awaiting Governor's Signature
In my seven years as a legislator, I have not participated in a more intense or thoughtful legislative debate than the recent debate over the End of Life Option Act , which would allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults to request medication from their doctors that they can take in order to die peacefully and with dignity if the pain and suffering from their illness becomes unbearable. As the son of a doctor and as someone who went to Catholic school, I respect deeply held beliefs on this issue, but decided to co-author this bill because after years of debate, the time has come for compassion. This is not a debate over life and death; rather, it is about providing an option for those facing death, and allowing adults who have already lost many choices to retain the one ultimate choice that should be left up to anyone facing the decision to end one's life.
This bill is on the Governor's desk, and waits for his action.
Landmark Climate Change Legislation
Senate Bill 350 , which would double the energy efficiency in our buildings and generate half of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030, passed the Legislature during the last week of session. California deals with some of the worst air quality in the nation, and as the 7th largest economy in the world, we have the power to change this damaging course.
While it's good news that Governor Brown will sign SB 350, I am disappointed in the Assembly's failure to pass SB 32, which would have set concrete, long-term targets for carbon emission reductions, as well as the gutting of a key component of SB 350 requiring a 50% reduction in petroleum use by 2030. Drought, forest fires, El Nino, sea level rise, hurricanes - we don't need scientists to tell us how global warming will destroy our planet. I hope our California legislature can pass these policies some day - we have no time to waste when it comes to climate change.
Latino Heritage Month Party
Please join our office and the Mission Neighborhood Health Center for a celebration of Latino Heritage Month with an informal evening of food, fun and good company.
Tuesday, September 29
5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Assemblymember Chiu's District Office
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14300
San Francisco CA 94102
Please email Genesis Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
District 5 Neighborhood Forum
We are teaming up with Board of Supervisors President London Breed for a District 5-focused community forum. Please join me to talk about the work we have been doing in Sacramento and how we can work together to make the beautiful neighborhoods in District 5 and our city a better place to live.
Saturday, October 3
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1530 Buchanan Street
San Francisco CA 94115
Please email Catie Arbona at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Bayview Office Hours
I look forward to meeting with you at our monthly district office hours in the Bayview. 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, October 17
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
1730 Yosemite Avenue
San Francisco CA 94124
SF Financial Planning Day
In November, certified financial planners and credit counselors will be volunteering to offer free, one-on-one counseling and financial 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