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California Senate passes huge BART housing bill

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.

California legislature passes bill to protect renters who call 9-1-1

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.

Chiu, Breed call on San Franciscans to oppose census citizenship question

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.

Manufacturers back down on lead-paint California ballot measure

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.

Hundreds denounce ‘zero tolerance’ border policy at SF rally

The San Francisco Examiner, Laura Waxmann

Protesters expressed outrage over the Trump administration’s practice of systematically separating immigrant children from their families and detaining them in so-called “tender age facilities” at the U.S. border at a rally held at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Plaza on Saturday.