Assemblymember David Chiu (D - San Francisco) today issued the following statement regarding a proposal by legislative leadership and Governor Newsom to extend eviction protections through June and distribute federal rental assistance funding:
"Like previous eviction protection bills, this deal is necessary but far from perfect. This proposal will extend critical eviction protections through the end of June and help distribute $2.6 billion in rental assistance quickly.
But, that being said, the power imbalance between tenants and landlords is troubling as the amount of rental assistance a tenant receives is determined solely by the cooperation of their landlord. I expect there will be a need to revisit this legislation to address gaps and provide relief to additional tenants. I stand ready and willing to continue that work until all California tenants are debt free and in secure housing."