Sacramento, CA—The following legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) will take effect January 1, 2017.
Housing Bills to BringCAHome
These bills collectively facilitate the funding of local infrastructure and affordable housing projects, promote innovative approaches to homeownership, protect tenants from ending up on blacklists unfairly, and prevent rental price-gouging during declared emergencies.
AB 723 (Housing Finance) - Expedites the delivery of $114 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, modernizes California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) rent and income occupancy standards, and provides flexibility to CalHFA to finance housing developments that meet the needs of low - income renters who earn between 60 and 80 percent of the area median income.
AB 2797 (Mission Rock Project) - Facilitates the creation of the new Mission Rock neighborhood in San Francisco. Mission Rock will consist of 8 acres of parks and 1,500 apartment units—40 percent for low- to middle-income individuals and families—as well as up to 1.3 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail. The project, to be built in anticipation of sea level rise, is scheduled to complete environmental review in 2017.
AB 2818 (Equitable Taxation for Community Land Trusts) - Incentivizes the creation of Community Land Trusts (CLTs), an affordable and innovative type of homeownership, by establishing a fair property valuation process for them.
AB 2819 (Tenant Protection) - 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. Previously, tenants could be blacklisted if their cases were not resolved within 60 days, even if they ultimately won the eviction lawsuit.
AB 2820 (Defense against Price Gouging) - Expands protections in state law for tenants and others by prohibiting price gouging of housing and other services during declared emergencies like gas leaks, wildfires and earthquakes.
AB 626 (Prompt Payment) - Closes a loophole in contracting law that has prevented contractors who performed extra work for public works programs from being promptly paid. The new law establishes a process to resolve disputes expeditiously.
AB 2125 (Healthy Nails) - Creates statewide program guidelines to help cities and counties incentivize nail salons to use products that are less toxic and to adopt practices safer for workers and customers. This law builds on the innovative model established by the San Francisco Healthy Nail Salon Program.
AB 2349 (Surrogacy Parentage Protection Act) - Protects parents of children conceived through surrogacy in California, including many same sex couples who rely on reproductive assistance to start their families, from having their rights violated in other states.
AB 2374 (Yerba Buena Ramps Project) - Facilitates the construction of a crucial seismic safety project connecting the Bay Bridge with Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands.
AB 2532 (Erasing Anti - Immigrant Language) - Repeals an outdated law that had required employment service agencies to verify an individual's immigration status. The outdated law was originally passed during the anti-immigrant era of Proposition 187.
AB 2455 (Student Voting Act) - Increases voter registration and civic engagement among California students by creating an online link between class enrollment and voter registration for the three million students in California's public college and university systems. This bill was the winner of Assemblymember Chiu's inaugural "There Ought to Be a Law" program and was proposed by two UC Berkeley Law Students.
AB 2739 (Curran Theatre) - Clarifies a law that set standards for liquor licenses in San Francisco's historic theaters, encouraging San Francisco's lively arts scene.
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Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco.