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Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development heard testimony today from a number of experts representing academia, industry, and government on the challenges to building and creating more housing that is affordable to low-income families and individuals in our state during an informational hearing at the State Capitol.
“There is no question that we are facing an affordable housing crisis in California,” said Assemblymember Chau (D-Monterey Park), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development. “We have about 134,000 homeless people living in our streets, a decrease in homeownership rates, and an increase in the number of renters. The situation is exacerbated by low vacancy rates and rent increases.”
Sacramento, CA — Today, Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) introduced AB 389, which would direct a general acute hospital to post its language assistance policy for limited-English proficient (LEP) individuals online and require the California Department of Public Health and the Office of Statewide Planning and Development to post this information on their websites, as well.
“For many Californian’s who are not proficient in English, the lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate staff and services remains a major barrier to accessing adequate healthcare,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Failure to provide language access can lead to serious consequences, such as higher rates of hospitalization, drug complications, and not returning for follow-ups after an emergency room visit.”
Sacramento — Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D – San Diego) has appointed Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) to Chair the newly formed Assembly Select Committee on Emerging Technologies.
“We live in an age where innovation is key to promoting economic growth, increasing our standard of living, and improving our health and environment,” said Assemblymember Chau. “With each passing day new technological breakthroughs are on the horizon, we need to examine their impacts on society and on our legal and regulatory frameworks.”
Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) introduced a bill that would protect individual privacy by cracking down on websites that assist in the solicitation of a hacker to illegally access a computer network or smartphone.
“As one of the countless victims of identity theft, I am concerned by the growing number of these Hacker-for-Hire websites that encourage people to commit cybercrimes,” said Assemblymember Chau. “AB 195 seeks to ensure that the services being advertised are legitimate by making it a crime to assist in the solicitation of a hacker for illegal activities.”
Sacramento, CA—Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) issued the following statement today on Governor Brown’s 2015 State of the State Address:
“The Governor’s speech today honored how far we have come in moving California forward, while acknowledging the ongoing challenges that remind us how far we have yet to go. Ongoing cooperation among concerned parties will be important to addressing the major challenges ahead of us in areas, such as education, infrastructure and the environment. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues on innovative solutions to improve the environment that we all depend on, to provide a college education that is affordable and accessible to all, and to ensure that we have a sound infrastructure system in place.”
Assemblymember Ed Chau represents the 49th Assembly District, comprised of the communities of Alhambra, Arcadia, El Monte, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City and portions of Montebello, and South El Monte.
Alhambra – On Wednesday, October 8th, Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) collaborated with the Alhambra Unified School District's Gateway to Success Program and the Alhambra High School PTA on a Social Media Safety Workshop, at Alhambra High School, to discuss privacy and safety issues online with parents and students from throughout the 49th Assembly District.
MONTEREY PARK – Today, Assemblymember Ed Chau (D–Monterey Park) held a press conference in Monterey Park to discuss bills from his 2014 legislative bill package that will become new laws on January 1, 2015.
“This year I made great strides to ensure my constituents and all Californians have the resources they need to take control of the issues affecting their daily lives,” said Assemblymember Chau. “Some of the legislation I authored will ensure that more money is allocated to groundwater cleanup projects in the San Gabriel Valley, will assist in securing housing for mentally ill homeless individuals, will enhance privacy protections for everyone, and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by authorizing transit buses to accommodate more bicycle riders.”
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a total of 14 bills authored by Assemblymember Chau. Some of the bills highlighted in today’s press conference included:
Assembly Bill (AB) 1043 – Proposition 84 Water Cost Recovery – Groundwater cleanup is essential for communities like those in the San Gabriel Valley who rely on their local aquifers for a portion of their water supply. This new law will authorize local agencies that received Proposition 84 grants for groundwater projects to receive the funds that they are able to recover from responsible parties, if they are used to fund groundwater cleanup activities, such as ongoing treatment and remediation. (Chapter 349, Statutes of 2014)
AB 1929 – Mental Health Housing - Many communities have successfully reduced homelessness using targeted housing assistance, also known as rapid re-housing, to pay for expenses that act as short term barriers to securing housing like rental assistance, move-in costs, and security deposits. This new law will provide a mechanism for the California Housing Finance Agency, with the concurrence of the Department of Health Care Services, to release unencumbered Mental Health Services Act funds back to their respective counties, upon the request of those counties. Counties that request these funds are required to use them to provide "housing assistance" to clients suffering from mental illness. (Chapter 674, Statutes of 2014)
AB 2306 – Invasion of Privacy – As technology continues to advance and new robotic-like devices become more affordable for the general public, the possibility of an individual’s privacy being invaded substantially increases. This new law will update California privacy laws to better encompass future advances in technology by making it a constructive invasion of privacy to capture an image or sound recording in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, under circumstance where the subject had a reasonable expectation of privacy, through the use of any device. (Chapter 858, Statutes of 2014)
AB 2707 – Triple Bike Racks – Transit riders are increasingly using bicycles to access bus services and the use of front-mounted racks, which can hold numerous bicycles, is necessary to accommodate that growth. This new law will authorize transit agencies throughout California to install front-mounted bicycle racks that are large enough to accommodate three bicycles on their 40 foot buses. (Chapter 310, Statutes of 2014)
Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2306, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would strengthen California privacy laws by making the use of “any device” to record personal or familial activities a constructive invasion of privacy.
“As technology continues to advance and new robotic-like devices become more affordable for the general public, the possibility of an individual’s privacy being invaded substantially increases,” said Assemblymember Chau. “I applaud the Governor for signing AB 2306, because it will ensure that our state’s invasion of privacy statute remains relevant even as technology continues to evolve.”
Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1738, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would clarify that both homeowners and Homeowners Associations (HOAs) may have someone, including an attorney, on hand to assist them, at their own cost, during an Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) proceeding.
“Disputes between homeowners and homeowners associations often involve serious issues and any agreements reached through IDR are judicially binding,” said Assemblymember Chau. “I applaud the Governor for signing AB 1738 because it will ensure that all California homeowners are given an equal playing field and increase their chances to resolve a dispute between them and an HOA at an early stage.”
Sacramento – Today, Governor Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1043, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would authorize a Proposition 84 grantee that recovers funds from a polluter to use those funds for ongoing treatment and remediation of groundwater within the grantee’s jurisdiction.
“Presently, cost recovery from potentially responsible parties is a slow and expensive process that is rarely pursued, because local agencies are not guaranteed to receive any reimbursement or benefit directly from their effort,” said Assemblymember Chau. “I commend Governor Brown for signing AB 1043 into law, which is essential in helping the San Gabriel Valley, and other areas that received Proposition 84 grants, to fund actual groundwater cleanup activities that are necessary to expand our State’s water supply.”