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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The elephant in the housing legislation room is S.B. 827, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). This bill, which has sparked furious debate among housing and economic justice advocates since it was introduced in February, will get its first committee hearing Tuesday when it goes before the State Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

A Bay Area lawmaker's housing proposal could expand the size and scope of home building efforts in California at an unprecedented scale.

The legislation, Senate Bill 828, from state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would require cities and counties to rezone land in their communities to permit many more homes than are currently in their plans.

Friday, April 13, 2018

April 12, 2018 -- Two bills sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom to further tackle environmental threats passed a key committee this week.

AB 2422 -- which would make California the first state to ban certain “rat poisons” that pose a "rampant threat" to pets and wildlife -- passed the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee late Tuesday.

The Committee also approved AB 2998, a measure to protect Californians from toxic flame retardant chemicals, on a 5-2 vote.

The bill banning "rodenticides" would expand Bloom's 2014 ban on their use in wildlife areas and parks and strengthen enforcement efforts by the state to limit their use to licensed pest control applicators, Bloom said.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Malibu City Council held a productive meeting Monday, checking off several diverse items from its agenda including providing an update on the civic center sewer’s progress, widening its polystyrene ban to include items made of the non-recyclable plastic beyond styrofoam, voting to support Assembly Bill 2422 to prohibit the use of anticoagulant rodenticides statewide and providing more details on a plan to provide meals for the homeless at the old Malibu Courthouse.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Legislation allowing articulated buses to carry more bikes on bicycle racks passed unanimously out of the Assembly Transportation Committee. The measure, AB 3124, was introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and will help facilitate multi-modal travel in California.

“AB 3124 allows transit systems to better accommodate riders who use their bicycles to get to and from transit stops,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Enabling this kind of multi-modal travel is essential to building more sustainable transportation systems and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.”

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Legislation that begins confronting plastic microfibers, the most pervasive type of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways, cleared the powerful Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-4 vote. The bill, AB 2379, by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) requires that all clothing made primarily of polyester include a label that warns of plastic microfiber shedding and recommends handwashing the item in order to reduce the impact.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The second year of the legislature’s two-year cycle is moving into action, with deadlines looming in the next few months for bills to pass their committees. There is still a lot of negotiating and amending coming up, but here are a few bills to keep an eye on:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Access to Parks

California has many beautiful parks, says A.B. 2615 author Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, but too often [Ed. note: always] they are planned as if only people in cars want to get to them. Parking lots and busy streets are nothing for people in cars, but they can create barriers for people who want to arrive by bike and on foot. A.B. 2615 would mandate that Caltrans collaborate with local agencies, including parks departments, to “develop strategies and plans to maximize safe and convenient access for bicycles and pedestrians to federal, state, regional, and local parks adjacent to or connected to the state highway system.”