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Governor’s Action Pending on Bills Impacting Cities

Cities Should Send Signature and Veto Requests Now

September 20, 2017
Late last week — while many city officials were visiting Sacramento for the League of California Cities® Annual Conference — the Legislature was churning through bills before adjournment of the 2017 legislative session on Friday, Sept. 15.

Now it is Gov. Jerry Brown’s turn to decide whether to sign or veto the hundreds of bills on his desk by midnight Oct. 15.

While there are many positive bills for cities, such as SB 3 (Beall), the housing bond, and SB 5 (de Leon), the park bond, other measures are very harmful to local authority including SB 649 (Hueso), which would preempt local authority over the installation of various wireless facilities. 
The following is a list of bills on which the League is urging the Governor to sign or veto. Cities should submit letters regarding bills in which they have an interest. Given that many of the bills on the Governor’s desk relate to housing/land use planning, for ease of tracking they have been identified with an asterisk (*). Bills that the League strongly encourages letter on are marked HOT.
For more information on legislative language, the League’s position letters and sample position letters for cities, please enter bill number in the League’s bill search. Cities can also submit sign or veto letters on priority bills through the League’s online action center.
Request for Signature

HOT SIGN AB 22 (Bonta) Storing and recording electronic media
A permissive measure allowing local governments to use cloud-based storage for archival documentation purposes.

*AB 45 (Thurmond) School Employee Housing Assistance Grants
Establishes a program to assist in the creation of affordable rental housing for school employees, including teachers.
*AB 56 (Holden) Infrastructure Bank: Housing
Provides local governments and developers additional infrastructure financing options by clarifying the types of housing-related projects are available for funding through the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank).

HOT SIGN *AB 73 (Chiu) Planning and Zoning: Housing Sustainability Districts
Allows a city or county to create a housing sustainability district to complete upfront zoning and environmental review in order to receive incentive payments for development projects that are consistent with the district's ordinance.

*AB 74 (Chiu) Housing
Creates the Housing for a Healthy California Program to provide rental assistance to individuals who are homeless and receive services from the Whole Person Care pilot program, Health Homes, or another locally controlled funding source.  A county or a city collaborating with a county may apply for a grant administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
AB 525 (Aguiar-Curry) State Board of Equalization: California Department of Tax and Fee Administration: Offer In Compromise: Extension
Extends until Jan. 1, 2023 the Board of Equalization’s (BOE) Offer in Compromise Program (OIC), which helps resolve outstanding unpaid tax disputes. 

AB 765 (Low) Local initiative measures
Requires that the election for a county, municipal, or district initiative measure that qualifies for the ballot be the next statewide or regular election unless the governing body of the county, city, or district calls a special election.
AB 1120 (Cooper) Controlled Substances: Butane
Directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop and maintain an electronic database to track the amount of butane purchased by individual customers and allows the DOJ to impose of a civil penalty of $2,500 if businesses sell over 600 milliliters of non-odorized butane to a customer in any 30-day period.
AB 1158 (Chu) Carpet Recycling
Establishes a target recycling rate of 24% for postconsumer carpet by 2020, incentivizes recyclable carpet, improves transparency for better program evaluation, and creates an advisory committee of stakeholders to make program recommendations.
AB 1219 (Eggman) Food Donations: Liability Protection
Creates the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that would expand liability protection provisions to persons and gleaners who donate food.
HOT SIGN AB 1408 (Calderon) Crimes: Supervised Release
Provides a range of important reforms associated with managing the population of ex-offenders who are subject to post-release community supervision, in a manner that will enhance public safety in our communities. 
AB 1444 (Baker) Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority: Demonstration Project
Authorizes the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority to conduct a demonstration project in the City of Dublin to test the full range of autonomous vehicle technology, including vehicles without a steering wheel, gas/brake pedal, or driver.
AB 1452 (Muratsuchi) Parking: Exclusive Electric Charging and Parking on Public Streets
Clarifies local governments’ authority to designate spaces on a public street for charging and parking of electric vehicles.
*AB 1598 (Mullin) Affordable Housing Authorities
Authorizes a city/county to create an affordable housing authority coterminous with its boundaries with various powers and dedicate a portion of its property tax, sales tax and other revenues to develop affordable housing.
HOT SIGN *AB 1505 (Bloom) Inclusionary Zoning: Rental Housing
Clarifies and strengthens local authority to enact inclusionary rental housing programs in accordance with their police power in an effort to address the shortage of affordable housing.

HOT SIGN *SB 2 (Atkins) Building Homes and Jobs Act
Creates an ongoing source of affordable housing funding which will provide hundreds of millions of dollars per year for local planning, affordable housing, supportive housing, emergency shelters, transitional housing and other housing needs via a $75 recordation fee on specified real estate documents.  70% of available funding is directed to local governments.
HOT SIGN *SB 3 (Beall) Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond of 2018
Authorizes a $4 billion general obligation bond for placement on the November 2018 statewide ballot to fund affordable housing programs, infill infrastructure projects and the veteran’s home ownership program (CalVet).
HOT SIGN *SB 5 (de León) California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018
Authorizes a $4 billion bond to be placed on the June 2018 ballot with major funding for parks, climate and environmental programs, and water. It includes $200 million in per-capita grants for park rehabilitation and improvement grants for local governments, $725 million for safe neighborhood parks, and additional funding available to local governments through a variety of competitive grant programs.
SB 17 (Hernandez) Health Care Prescription Drug Costs
Adds a layer of transparency and accountability for prescription drug manufactures in an effort to reduce overall healthcare premiums for employers.
SB 231 (Hertzberg) Storm Water Project Funding
Adds “storm water” to the definition of “sewer” in the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act in an effort to clarify the process for funding storm water projects is the same as funding other water and sewer projects.
SB 242 (Skinner) PACE Programs: Standards For Third Party Administrators
Requires all Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) programs administered by third parties to meet additional operating standards including a recorded telephone confirmation for homeowners in the homeowner’s preferred language, a three-day right to cancel, contractor standards, marketing standards, and reporting requirements.
SB 384 (Wiener) Sex Offenders
Establishes a three-tiered system of supervision for all sex offenders based on the seriousness of the offense, the individual risk of recidivism, and the individual’s criminal history.  Creates process for lower-tier offenders to petition a court for release from the registry, and requires public disclosure of an offender’s recidivism risk factors.
HOT SIGN *SB 540 (Roth) Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones
Streamlines the housing approval process by authorizing local governments to identify Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones, which would incentivize the development of workforce and affordable housing in areas close to jobs, transit, and conform to California’s greenhouse gas reduction laws. 

SB 541 (Allen) School Facility Water Capture Practices
Encourages the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) to partner with local municipalities to address storm water pollution by calling on the Board and the Division of the State Architect to recommend best design practices for water capture for public schools.
Request for Veto
*AB 72 (Santiago) Powers of the Department of Housing and Community Development
Provides the Department of Housing and Community Development (Department) with broad and nearly unlimited new authority to review any action by a city or county that it determines is inconsistent with an adopted housing element.
AB 570 (Gonzalez-Fletcher) Workers’ Compensation: Permanent Disability Apportionment
Prohibits apportionment in cases of physical injury based on pregnancy, childbirth, or other medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
*AB 879 (Grayson) Planning and Zoning: Housing Element
Requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to undertake a study and make recommendations to substantially reduce developer fees via potential amendments to the Mitigation Fee Act, the law that outlines the constitutional baseline local governments use to establish fees on new development that reflects actual costs for services and infrastructure.  

AB 1069 (Low) Local Taxi Regulations
Usurps the licensing and permitting authority of jurisdictions with significant taxicab activity but not the largest share of a particular taxicab’s business.
*AB 1397 (Low) Housing Elements: Land Inventory
Revises the inventory of land suitable for residential development identified in a city or county’s housing element to include vacant sites and sites that have “realistic and demonstrated potential” for redevelopment to meet a portion of the locality’s housing need for a designated income level.

AB 1414 (Friedman) Solar Energy Systems: Permit Fee Caps
Caps permit fees for residential rooftop photovoltaic and thermal installations at $450 and commercial at $1,000, with adjustments for size.
HOT VETO *SB 35 (Wiener) Housing Production and Approvals
Penalizes all communities where private and non-profit developers do not propose and develop housing for all income levels consistent with state-generated regional housing need allocations by making approvals of multifamily developments that meet inadequate criteria “ministerial” actions lacking project level environmental review and public input.
SB 182 (Bradford) Transportation Network Company Drivers: Business Licenses
Prohibits local agencies from requiring drivers for transportation network companies (TNCs) to obtain a business license to operate unless the driver lives in the jurisdiction. 
SB 285 (Atkins) Union Organizing
This measure would prohibit a public employer from deterring or discouraging employees to join an employee organization. However, this measure does not define what “deterring or discouraging” means, which may lead to serial litigation and first amendment issues.
HOT VETO SB 649 (Hueso) Wireless Telecommunications Facilities
Eliminates local control over the leasing of publicly owned infrastructure, environmental and design review, public input, and the ability of local agencies to ensure broad deployment of new technology to underserved areas associated with the installation of “small cell” wireless equipment on taxpayer-funded property.

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