Coauthored legislators and stakeholders from local government, housing, labor, public safety, conservation and transportation joined.
ACA 1 would reduce the local vote threshold for approval of bond and special tax measures from a two-thirds vote to a 55 percent supermajority. This is the same vote threshold that currently applies to all local school construction bond measures. By making this change, ACA 1 puts housing and infrastructure projects on par with school proposals, so that cities, counties, and special districts have a practical financing tool to address community needs.
“As a former Mayor of Winters, and board member of regional water, housing, and transportation agencies, I have seen first-hand the deterioration of our once world-class infrastructure. Now, as the Assembly Local Government Committee Chair, I continue to hear about deteriorating buildings, decrepit community facilities, and our extreme lack of affordable housing,” said Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry. “However, I also know first-hand that every single neighborhood, community, city, and county in California is different. This is why ACA 1 is targeted to help local communities fund critical projects and increase the supply of affordable and supportive housing.”
The bill is sponsored by the League, California State Building Trades, California Professional Firefighters, and Housing California, along with many other supporters.
“Every day, cities all over the state are grappling with the need to improve and maintain our infrastructure: our roads, our bridges, and our streets, and today, we might say our potholes,” said Carolyn Coleman, League of California Cities executive director. “The League stands proudly to support ACA 1. It will provide additional flexibility to our local agencies to secure the resources needed to fund these critical investments in our communities.”
Following the hearing, Aguiar-Curry presented the bill in the Assembly Local Government Committee, where it passed successfully on a 5-2, party-line vote.
ACA 1 will now go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for a discussion about the fiscal components of the proposal. Since the bill would change the California Constitution, the proposal would need to be placed on the November 2020 ballot for approval by the voters, should the Legislature pass it first.
The League supports this measure and urges cities to also send support letters and a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Copies of the League’s support letter and a sample letter can be found at www.cacities.org/billsearch
by plugging ACA 1 into the search function.