April 25, 2019
Contact: Mike Roth, 916.444.7170
Governor Endorses Housing Production, Preservation, and Protection Coalition
Sacramento, CA — Governor Gavin Newsom today echoed the "Three P’s” strategy endorsed by a broad, statewide coalition of labor, business, housing, and economic justice advocates, calling protecting tenants “one piece of the housing affordability solution." In a rare comment on legislative action, Governor Gavin Newsom warmly embraced action on tenant protections on the day the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee passed AB 1482 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco).
This week, legislators heard more than a half dozen housing bills that will produce more affordable homes, preserve existing housing, and protect tenants from unfair evictions and rent gouging (the Three P’s). The statement from Governor Newsom today makes clear the costs of inaction are too high for California: “The California Dream is in peril,” he said, “if our state does not act to address the housing affordability crisis.” The “Three P’s” coalition couldn’t agree more - and has called for alliances across all sectors to address the several, interrelated root causes of California’s housing emergency.
AB 1482, passed by a 6-1 margin today, would protect families struggling to hold onto the places they live by preventing landlords from rent gouging.
Other “Three P’s” bills passed this week include:
SB 18 (Skinner) – Preserving 90 days written notice prior to eviction for renters who occupy a property that has been foreclosed upon. Policy shifted to budget trailer bill.
SB 330 (Skinner) – Temporarily suspends specific local practices that are documented obstacles to housing production (such as shifting rules and standards, high fees on low income homes, and moratoria to ban new housing), and establishes reasonable time periods for processing housing permits.
SB 50 (Wiener, 2 year bill) – Allows for building housing near existing job centers and public transportation while protecting renters, local government control, and the environment.
AB 1482 (Chiu) – Prevents rent-gouging by limiting extreme or unreasonable rent increases.
AB 1483 (Grayson) – Improves transparency and reporting of local housing activity so California can tailor state policy to support local best practices.
AB 1484 (Grayson) – Increases transparency and predictability by requiring each jurisdiction to post on its website the type and amount of each fee imposed on a housing development.
AB 1485 (Wicks) – Allows for streamlining approval of housing developments that limit 20% of the units to up to 120% of area median income (AMI) or less.
AB 1487 (Chiu) – Establishes a regional housing agency for the San Francisco Bay area and authorizes the ability to seek revenue in support of affordable housing production and preservation and tenant protections.
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