CA Bills 2020

During the COVID-19 Shutdown, the bills are being pushed through Sacramento with a minimum of review by legislators and the public. The entire process has quite a few people upset and lawsuits are threatened. For up to the minute details on the bills, see this site:

ACA 25 Mullin – Assembly Constitutional Amendment would permit Members to remotely attend and vote in a legislative proceeding or to vote by proxy. Adopted.

SB 278 Beal – FASTER BAY AREA placeholder bill. Passed through Senate. Ordered to the Assembly.

SB 773 Skinner – Land use: accessory dwelling units.- Ordered to the Assembly.

SB 899 Wiener – An act to amend Section 65915 of the Government Code, nonsubstantive change to Density Bonus Law. (placeholder) Section 65915 – A city, county, or city and county shall adopt an ordinance that specifies how compliance with this section will be implemented. Failure to adopt an ordinance shall not relieve a city, county, or city and county from complying with this section, etc.  Hearing in Assembly Appropriations 8/20/20

SB 902 Wiener – An act to amend Section 65400 of the Government Code, relating to land use. Existing law, the Planning and Zoning Law, requires a city or county to adopt a general plan for land use development within its boundaries that includes, among other things, a housing element. Pulled.

SB 906 Skinner, Housing: Redefine joint living and work quarters to mean residential occupancy by a group of persons, whether those persons are related or unrelatedOrdered to the Assembly.

SB 950 Jackson, appears to be in the process of a gut and amend bill after being stopped.

SB 953 Wiener, Nielsen, Solar Bill of Rights re: discriminatory fees or charge, in Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, March 17 meeting was postponed. Send position papers. Details:

SB1079 Skinner Residential property warehousing. Authorize a city, county, or city and county to acquire a residential property within its jurisdiction by eminent domain if the property has been vacant for at least 90 days… and the local agency provides just compensation to the owner based on the lowest assessment obtained for the property by the local agency.

SB 1120 Atkins, Caballero, Rubio, and Wiener is a reckless rewrite of SB 50 that would kill single-family “zoning” to let speculators jam 4 housing units where 1 home stands now, building on open space. Assembly

SB 1299 Portantino, Retail Site Rezoning Incentives. Provides grant incentives to local governments that rezone idle big box retailer or a commercial shopping centers for development of workforce housing. Assembly Housing and Community Development

SB1431 Glazer, property taxation: reassessment: immediate disaster relief for corporate property owners. Sen Governance and Finance Committee May 21 hearing.

AB310 Chiu, Santiago Establishes the state public bank the voters of California supported. The bill has already passed through the Assembly and is now in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Send some support if you can.

AB 725 Wicks, Wiener, Skinner, Require that at least 25% of the metropolitan jurisdiction’s share of the regional housing needs. Set FOR Hearing ON 20-AUG-20 Upon adjournment of Session

AB 953 Bloom ADU legislation This bill would deem a permit application for the creation of an accessory dwelling unit or junior accessory dwelling unit approved if the local agency has not acted upon the completed application within 60 days.

AB 1279 Bloom, Planning and zoning: housing development: high-resource areas. Assemblymember Bloom pulled the bill, along with AB 3107.

AB 1436 Chiu, Tenancy: rental payment default: mortgage forbearance: state of COVID-19 emergency. In the Senate Rules Committee.

AB 1703 Bloom would require most owners looking to sell residential rental property to give the property’s tenants, as well as designated groups like nonprofits, the opportunity to make the first offer to purchase. Senate Judiciary

AB 1839 Bonta Economic, environmental, and social recovery: California COVID-19 Recovery Deal. Assembly Natural Resources Assembly Natural Resources Committee

AB 1907 Santiago Would “exempt from the CEQA all housing development with 50 percent or more units set aside for homeless housing, as well as affordable housing developments with 100 percent affordable or supportive housing units in the City.” Senate  Judiciary Committee

AB 1921 Diep, Bauer-Kahan – Would make forcibly entering a vehicle, as defined, with the intent to commit a theft therein a crime punishable by imprisonment in a county jail… By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Committee on Public Safety. 

AB 2057 Chiu – This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to later enact legislation relating to public transportation in the 9-county San Francisco Bay area to establish Integrated regional fare and schedules. Com. on TRANS.

AB 2824 Bonta, Placeholder bill for creation of a bus lane on the Bay Bridge. Com. on TRANS.

AB 3279 – Friedman, This bill would instead require that a court, to the extent feasible, commence hearings on an appeal within 270 days of the date of the filing of the appeal. The bill could make appeals prohibitively expensive for vulnerable communities. Senate Environmental Quality Committee