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Friday, August 24, 2018

Los Angeles Sentinel News Service

As the initial wave of first-time, full-time students prepare to begin their newly-free classes at community colleges across California, Assembly leaders debuted a measure stating the legislature’s intent to waive fees for Year Two.  By doing so, an Associates Degree in California will effectively become free.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Curbed SF, Adam Brinklow

On Thursday the California State Senate passed AB 2923 on a 26-13 vote, potentially setting up BART to develop thousands or even tens of thousands of new homes on property it owns near stations within the next few years.

However, among the dissenting voices on the bill are several BART board members themselves.

The bill, introduced in February by Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco and East Bay rep Tim Grayson, would give the BART Board of Directors authority to create housing on land currently being used as BART parking.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sacramento, CA--A bill authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Timothy S. Grayson (D-Concord) to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) at certain Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations today passed the Senate Floor. Assembly Bill 2923 will require BART to set new standards for transit-oriented development on BART-owned land within a half mile of a BART station. To reduce delays, the bill requires local governments to update their own zoning to meet BART’s affordability and zoning standards.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle, Rachel Swan

When Assemblyman David Chiu gazes at a moat of asphalt encircling a suburban BART station, he sees a solution to the region’s housing crisis.

Many BART parking lots fill with cars during the day and turn into empty moonscapes at night, wasting prime land that could be lined with apartments and shops, with compact parking structures for riders, said Chiu, D-San Francisco. Though others share this vision, development of BART parking lots is a contentious issue: Bickering over height limits, aesthetics and parking spaces has long hobbled the transit agency’s ability to get it done.

Chiu is pressing a bill that aims to fix the problem by requiring BART to zone its vacant property for housing and retail, and limiting cities’ ability to obstruct or delay that development.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Mercury News, Katy Murphy

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed a bill to protect tenants from being thrown out of their homes for calling 9-1-1 in an emergency.

The proposal, which now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, takes aim at local ordinances that can result in a tenant being labeled a “nuisance” — a cause for eviction — because they called for help.

“People should be able to call for help without fear of losing their home,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, in an interview Thursday.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The San Francisco Examiner, Joshua Sabatini

Mayor London Breed joined Assemblymember David Chiu in Chinatown Thursday to encourage the public to oppose a question about citizenship status the Trump administration has included in the 2020 census, warning it would lead to a population undercount and a loss of federal funding for cities like San Francisco.

Breed and Chiu joined community advocates at Chinese for Affirmative Action to denounce the citizenship question just days before the U.S. Department of Commerce closes the public comment period on the 2020 Census on Aug. 7. Officials fear the question will deter immigrants from participating in the census, leaving them uncounted. And they want it removed.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter, Rebecca Sun

Asian-Americans are typically seen as a silent or invisible minority in both politics and entertainment, but they were the surprising drivers behind the unprecedented diversity provisions contained in the new extension of California's film and television tax credit.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko

A federal judge upheld the core of California’s sanctuary laws Thursday, restricting state and local cooperation with federal immigration agents, and sent a terse message to the Trump administration: Solutions to the immigration impasse must come from Congress, not the courts.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

The corporate-backed ballot measures that preoccupied Sacramento lately were hardly the sort of people-powered direct democracy envisioned by Hiram Johnson, the founding father of California’s initiative process. And the frenzied lawmaking that unfolded under a recent revise of Johnson’s reform looked more like something attributable to Hiram Walker, the whiskey distiller accidentally cited by a legislator groping for the early 20th century governor’s name.

Under changes enacted in 2014 to temper ballot measure excesses and encourage compromise legislation, lawmakers scrambled to make deals to withdraw measures from the November ballot by Thursday’s deadline. The results were motley.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The San Francisco Chronicle, Melody Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — Besieged by negative publicity about a ballot measure that would have had California taxpayers pick up the bill for cleaning up lead-paint contamination in homes, paint manufacturers withdrew the measure Thursday in favor of a deal with the Legislature.

“I must admit, I didn’t think we would be here at this moment, and I am very glad we are,” said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “We’ve been grappling with this in recent weeks. There have been many late nights.”

As part of the deal sought by paint manufacturers, lawmakers carrying bills to hold companies accountable will no longer pursue the legislation. Those bills, which were introduced in response to the ballot measure, would have removed hurdles from holding paint companies legally liable and made it easier for property owners to sue companies for cleanup costs.