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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Law comes as studies show divisive rhetoric in national politics has filtered down to schools

SACRAMENTO—Legislation by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to prevent bullying and harassment in California schools was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill 2291 will require the California Department of Education (CDE) to establish guidelines to prevent bullying and disseminate online training modules to local educators.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Legislation makes sure weekends and holidays do not count in timelines for tenants to respond to legal notices

SACRAMENTO--A bill by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to extend the notice period for tenants facing evictions was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill 2343 will give tenants more time to respond to eviction proceedings and correct an imbalance in the tenant notice and eviction process.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 901 tonight:

“In recent years, nearly every region of our state has been ravaged by wildfires. Given the frightening reality of climate change and decades of flawed forest management, we know that without hard decisions, the intensity and frequency of wildfires will only grow in the years ahead.

Friday, August 31, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

Friday was the official deadline for this year’s legislative session in Sacramento. Now it’s up to Gov. Jerry Brown to pick and choose the bills that become California law.  Brown is facing many important choices over the coming days and weeks.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Inmates who receive career training in automotive repair, cosmetology, construction and other fields would find it easier to find jobs in those professions once they leave lockup, under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Los Angeles Blade, Christopher Kane

With days remaining before the conclusion of California’s legislative session on Friday, August 31, the fate of at least 12 measures that concern the state’s LGBT community remains uncertain. Advocates are hopeful, though, that a string of recent victories will signal favorable outcomes. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle, Rachel Swan

A bill to speed up the development of housing and retail on BART parking lots and other property is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, despite staunch oppostion from local political leaders around the East Bay.

Assembly Bill 2923 would require the transit agency to zone its parking lots and other vacant land for building construction and limit cities’ ability to get in the way. It would apply to any BART-owned land within half a mile of a station. Existing surface lots could be replaced with parking structures and new apartments and shops.

“We’re talking about surface parking lots that have not been developed for 45 years,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, who co-authored the bill with Assemblyman Timothy Grayson, D-Concord.

Monday, August 27, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — San Francisco would be authorized to open safe injection facilities for illicit drug users to shoot up and ride out their high under clinical supervision, under a bill state lawmakers approved Monday.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

The state of California in general and the Bay Area in particular have a housing crisis, but you wouldn’t know it from the journey AB2923 has had through the state Legislature.

This bill, which was introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Tim Grayson, D-Concord, offers a simple way to add badly needed new housing where the Bay Area needs it most.