The legislative session ends today at midnight - and what a session it has been. Earlier this year, we passed the $15 minimum wage and historic gun safety laws. In June, we approved an on-time balanced budget that invests in education and fighting inequality while putting money aside for the inevitable economic downturn. And last week, we renewed California’s commitment to lead to world in the fight against climate change. I was also proud to join my colleagues in support of a historic bill to give farmworkers the same overtime rights as other California workers.
The Governor just signed one of the bills I authored this year - AB 2739, which will help one of San Francisco’s historic theatres. Twelve more bills are on the Governor’s desk; he has until September 30 to act on them. Five of my bills take on the affordable housing crisis - please see below for details. Other bills will engage more young people in elections (AB 2455), continue efforts I began in San Francisco to incentivize Healthy Nail Salons free of harmful chemicals (AB 2125) and protect LGBT families using assisted reproduction (AB 2349). We’ll be advocating for all of them with the Governor’s office in the weeks ahead.
All our work is not done, of course. We have unfinished business on affordable housing funding, transportation, skyrocketing prescription drug prices, making sure rape kits are tested, and so many other issues crucial to our state.
On a fun note, Baby Lucas played ping pong for the first time to kick off the 6th Annual Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament a few weeks ago. When I was a little kid, my father taught me ping pong - it’s how we bonded after work. I’m looking forward to spending time in San Francisco this fall with my family and community members and starting to work on our legislative plan for next year.
Please feel free to reach out to my District Office if there are issues we can help with. I hope to see you soon at one of our events or office hours.
In this newsletter:
- Housing Bills Head to the Governor
- Upcoming Events
- Western Addition Sunday Streets
- Transit Week
- 10th Annual Portola Garden District Tour
- SoMa Office Hours
Assemblymember - 17th Assembly District
Housing Bills Head to the Governor
California’s housing affordability crisis tarnishes the promise of our great state, exacerbating poverty, income inequality and traffic congestion. As Chair of the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee, I believe we need to act now, and thank my colleagues for passing 5 of my bills out of the Legislature this month that will help Californians who are homeless, struggling to pay the rent, or trying to buy their first home.
My bills, headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk hopefully for his signature, are:
AB 2818: Equitable Taxation for Community Land Trust Homeowners—Creates a fair property valuation process for low and moderate-income homeowners in community land trusts (CLTs). CLTs are nonprofit organizations that employ a unique and innovative method to permanently preserve affordable housing. They achieve this goal by separating the ownership of land from the ownership of a home and restricting the home’s resale price.
AB 2819: Protection from Tenant Blacklists—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. Under current law, tenants are blacklisted if their cases are not resolved within 60 days, even if they ultimately win the lawsuit.
AB 2820: Defense from Rent Gouging—Expands tenant protections in the state law that prohibits price-gouging during declared emergencies like gas leaks, wildfires, and earthquakes
AB 2821: Housing for a Healthy California Program—Creates the Housing for a Healthy California Program to pay for the cost of housing chronically homeless Medi-Cal recipients who are also receiving wrap-around services through the Whole Person Care Pilot program, Health Homes, or another county-controlled funding source.
AB 723: Housing Finance—Would allow the Department of Housing and Community Development to expedite the award of approximately $114 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for infrastructure and economic development projects and give the California Housing Finance Agency flexibility to finance housing units for people making up to 80 percent of area median incomes.
Western Addition Sunday Streets
Please join the Chiu Crew, Baby Lucas and hundreds of San Franciscans for Sunday Streets in the Western Addition for walking, cycling and fun. Be sure to check out the activity hubs for free live music, education & professional development resources, and more!
Sunday, September 11
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The event takes place on Baker Street between Fell and McAllister Streets, Fulton Streets between Baker and Fillmore Streets, and Fillmore Street between Fulton Street and Geary Boulevard.
Please contact Catie Arbona at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SF Transit Week
Join the San Francisco Transit Riders and the Chiu Crew during Transit Week, September 12-17. Transit Week celebrates transit riders and operators, promotes positive transit culture, and encourages "More Smiles #OnBoardSF".
From Tuesday the 13th through Saturday the 17th, different activities will be taking place on and around scheduled Muni lines - a traveling photo booth, thank-yous for the drivers, Rider of the Day, and more!
Monday, 9/12 – Press Conference & Kick Off: City Hall, high noon.
Tuesday, 9/13 – 38 Geary
Wednesday, 9/14 – 22 Fillmore
Thursday, 9/15 – KT Ingleside/Third Street
Friday, 9/16 – 24 Divisadero
Saturday, 9/17 – 14 Mission
Public transit in San Francisco is used by and benefits people across all socioeconomic backgrounds. It moves nearly one third of San Francisco households around the city, and is part of the character and soul of our city. Find out more about the San Francisco Transit Riders and SF Transit Week at their website, sftransitriders.org, or by emailing Catie Arbona at email@example.com
10th Annual Portola Garden District Tour
Come down to the Garden District for the 10th Annual Portola Garden District Tour! Neighbors in the Portola will once again open up their gardens for the annual tour that benefits the Portola Garden District Scholarship at City College of San Francisco for students of the Environmental Horticulture and Floristry Department.
Saturday, September 24
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Please contact Genesis Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SoMa Office Hours
I look forward to meeting with you at our September district office hours in SoMa. Please email Genesis Garcia at email@example.com if you plan to come by, since office hours occasionally need to be rescheduled.
Thursday, September 22
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Sightglass Coffee, 270 7th Street