(San Francisco, CA) – LGBT, Muslim and gun safety advocates joined state lawmakers in the aftermath of the weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando and the arrest of a heavily armed suspect targeting the Los Angeles Pride Festival to condemn acts of hatred and urge support for a number of gun safety bills scheduled for a key vote in the State Senate tomorrow.
"This act of hate against the LGBT community is beyond comprehension. Americans should not have to worry about the threat of gun violence at school, movie theaters, and nightclubs," said Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco). "The tragedy in Orlando underscores the immediate need for common sense gun safety measures."
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement after last night’s passage of the Budget Conference Committee’s report, which reflected a broad agreement with Governor Brown. The report includes $400 million of funding for affordable housing programs, though the appropriation is contingent upon the Legislature’s passage of the Governor’s “by right” proposal to streamline local housing approvals.
“The funding for affordable housing is a good first step as we work to address the housing crisis that is threatening our economy and pushing so many Californians into poverty. However, much work remains on the Governor’s “by right” proposal to be sure that our communities grow responsibly. I also appreciate that this budget deal has many other benefits for California as we fight to reduce inequality, restore our education system, and invest in child care programs. Our legislative leaders and our Governor deserve credit for keeping our state on sound fiscal footing while making smart investments to help Californians achieve their dreams."
The Legislature expects to vote on the budget by the June 15 deadline.
Sacramento, CA—Five bills by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that respond to the affordable housing crisis have passed the California State Assembly in advance of this week’s “house of origin” deadline. The bills collectively fund affordable housing, promote innovate approaches to homeownership, protect tenants, protect renters from price gouging during declared disasters, and house chronically homeless Med-Cal recipients.