OP-ED: Report Back From Sacramento

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Legislative Update

By Laura Friedman

October 17, 2019

 

Sunday evening, with the stroke of his pen, Governor Gavin Newsom put the final close on the 2019 Legislative Session by either signing or vetoing the remaining bills that sat on his desk.  With the deadline now behind us, I would like to take a moment to fill you in on some of the highlights from this year.

I am happy to report eleven of my bills have become law.

As I previously mentioned in the CV Weekly, this year I put forward a legislative package aimed at providing solutions towards our state’s greatest crisis: the housing affordability and homelessness crisis.  I supported and coauthored several important housing measures, helped secure increased funding for homelessness across the state, and was the author of three bills which were signed into law: AB 587, AB 670, and AB 671. These three pieces of legislation will cut red tape and help homeowners and affordable housing organizations utilize accessory dwelling units (ADUs or ‘granny flats’) as tools for adding more housing, especially affordable units, in the least intrusive way possible for communities. 

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