Thursday, March 14, 2019

Democratic lawmakers in the Assembly unveiled several bills today aimed at protecting renters across California, including a far-reaching proposal for a statewide limit on rent hikes.

That measure, from Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), calls for a cap on how much landlords can raise rent every year. The amount has yet to be determined, but spokesperson Jennifer Kwart says it would be higher than what cities with rent control already on the books have adopted. In the city of Los Angeles, that’s typically around 3 or 4 percent.

“Renters are really having a hard time in California,” she tells Curbed. “We’re hearing horror stories of peoples’ rent being doubled or tripled.”

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A group of Assembly Democrats introduced a bundle of housing bills on Thursday, signaling to Gavin Newsom that they were ready to work with him on fulfilling one of the new governor’s campaign promises.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Legislation to limit rent increases statewide and allow California cities to implement their own rent caps was unveiled at the state Capitol on Thursday.

Undeterred by voters’ overwhelming rejection of rent control expansion last year, Democrats in the Legislature are pushing forward to protect California renters facing skyrocketing prices.

"The crisis has not, is not, and will not go away until we act in various ways and that’s what this package is all about," said Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. "We have to get beyond what happened in the past and really sit down and get into serious negotiations."

Thursday, March 14, 2019

SACRAMENTO — Four months after California voters rejected an effort to expand rent control, lawmakers are back with a proposal to loosen decades-old restrictions, allowing local governments to place more properties under rent control.

That bill and three others aimed at protecting renters — through anti-gouging caps, a statewide rental registry and eviction protections — will be debated amid an unprecedented run-up in market-rate rents over the past five years and a growing homelessness crisis. Such legislation is routinely challenged by the same powerful real-estate interests that spent over $70 million last year to defeat Proposition 10, the rent-control measure. But the lawmaker behind the proposal to change California’s landmark rent-control law said he hoped that renter and landlord groups — who previously were miles apart on their stances and apparently unwilling to budge — would forge an agreement this time.

Monday, March 4, 2019

California State Sens. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Jim Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, have introduced a bill that would create a “solar bill of rights” for consumers to generate and store their own clean energy on-site without interference from utility companies.

The bipartisan legislation, S.B.288, addresses some of the main barriers consumers currently face when installing and maintaining renewable energy technologies. According to the senators, these challenges include “outdated tariffs” and “unreasonable barriers” to connecting to the grid. (Although it is known as the Solar Bill of Rights, the bill is technology-neutral and applies to all renewable sources of energy and energy storage.)

Monday, March 4, 2019

Lawmakers plan to introduce five bills which will not only tax soda and other sugary drinks but also will limit serving sizes, coupons and deal and in store displays of those drinks. The bills would also require warning labels similar to ones found on cigarettes.

The California Medical Association and California Dental association both support the move.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Conservatives found much to chuckle about after Democratic state lawmakers last week proposed, once again, a tax on sugary sodas, along with limits on cup sizes.

“We get it, too much sugar isn’t great for you,” Assembly Republicans said in a smirking, smart-alecky statement.

“But what’s next — criminalizing pizzas over 18 inches? A Dorito tax? Only one squirt of butter on your movie theater popcorn? A fine for not eating your broccoli?”

Yeah, there’s nothing like a little snark when faced with serious proposals to combat a public health crisis.