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.”
(Los Angeles) – California State Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) held a hearing at UCLA to examine the future expansion of drone usage and the violations of personal privacy that may arise from UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles. Assemblymember Chau, the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy was joined by other lawmakers at the hearing, including Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). ABC 7 Eyewitness News covered the story. Watch this Assembly Assets Video to learn more.
(Los Angeles) – Drone technology has made it easier and cheaper to fly unmanned aerial vehicles to shoot video and a myriad of other things. However, the technology is raising questions regarding personal privacy. California State Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Privacy held a hearing at UCLA to examine the expanded use of drones. Assemblymember Chau was joined by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and other lawmakers to address the issue. Television news station KPIX covered the story. Watch this Assembly Assets Video to learn more.
California was one of many states that strengthened its privacy laws after the shocking death of Princess Diana, who was fleeing paparazzi when her car crashed in a Paris tunnel in 1997. Since then, lawmakers have proposed a seemingly endless series of additions and tweaks to California statutes in response to the changing tactics of celebrity photographers. Their efforts, though, have often been too broad, impeding the public's access to news, or too narrowly tied to technologies with short shelf lives.
Now, the Legislature is trying to grapple with the prospect of paparazzi using camera-equipped drones to bypass bodyguards and fences, monitoring celebrities from the air whenever they step outside or even venture near a window. The state Senate passed a bill last year that would have made photographers liable if they used "unmanned aerial vehicles" to take privacy-invading pictures or recordings, but the bill died last year in the Assembly. The Senate is now considering a simpler proposal from Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) that would make the state's privacy laws less technology-specific and more grounded in general principles. It's a welcome change.
When singer Miley Cyrus recently spotted a mysterious drone hovering over her Los Angeles home, she posted video of the aerial intruder on Instagram, complaining that it appeared to be a new tactic by the paparazzi.
The incident, in which Cyrus was photographed in her backyard, was no surprise to Patrick J. Alach. He is legal counsel for the Paparazzi Reform Initiative, a group representing celebrities and others that has persuaded lawmakers to tighten laws governing photography of those he represents.
SACRAMENTO, CA—Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) released the following statement after a vote to replace the current $11 billion water bond measure in the November ballot with the $7.5 billion, 2014 California Water Bond:
"I applaud the diligent effort of the Legislature’s leadership in crafting a water bond that is committed to the goals of ensuring reliable water supplies, the restoration of important species and habitat, and a more resilient and sustainably managed water infrastructure; especially as California continues to grapple with frequent and severe droughts that will no doubt impact our water’s future.