Legislative Positions

Cities are directly accountable to their communities. Local control allows community members a direct voice in choosing programs and services that best fit their needs. CCCA supports and defends the rights of local governments to protect their ability to contract services, acting locally and effectively for their communities. As such, CCCA has taken up a number of positions on bills circulating through the State Legislature.

Contract Cities prioritizes policy positions on legislative items based on their impact on local control member city concerns, CCCA’s annual Legislative Platform, and Guiding Principles and Procedures.

For inquiries regarding any of CCCA’s legislative positions, please contact Michael Vuong at michael@contractcities.org.

 

2020 Legislative Positions

 

AB 1908 (Chen) – Homeless Encampment & Litter Program (HELP)

Additional Documents: Support Letter, Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Support
Status: Assembly – Failed Deadline

Summary: AB 1908 would require the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), within its maintenance program, to establish a Homeless Encampment and Litter Program to provide timely abatement and cleanup of homeless encampments on department property and expedited and coordinated access to housing and supportive services. The bill would require the department to coordinate with homeless service provider agencies and to establish homeless adult and family multidisciplinary personnel teams. The bill would require the department, upon receiving a report of a homeless encampment, to deploy a multidisciplinary personnel team to expedite and coordinate access to housing and supportive services for occupants of the encampment.

 

AB 2345 (Gonzalez) – Planning and zoning: density bonuses: affordable housing (Lorena Gonzalez)

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Watch
Status: Senate Committee on Housing

Summary: Currently, the Density Bonus Law requires a City and/or County to provide a developer a density bonus and other incentives and concessions, if a developer agrees to construct a specified percentage of units for low or very low-income qualifying residents and meets other requirements. Existing law specifies that an applicant shall receive three incentives for projects that includes at least 30% of the total units for lower-income households, at least 15% for very low-income households, or at least 30% for persons or families of moderate income in a common interest development.

AB 2345 would lower the existing threshold by allowing an applicant to receive 3 incentives or concessions for projects that include at least 12% (over the current 15%) of the total units for very low-income households. AB 2345 would also authorize an applicant to receive 4 and 5 incentives or concessions for projects in which greater percentages (31%) of the total units are for very low- and moderate-income development.

 

Senate Bill 54/Assembly Bill 1080 (Allen) – Solid Waste: Packaging and Products (Senator Ben Allen)

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Support
Status: Inactive File

Summary: This bill would enact the California Circular Economy and Pollution Reduction Act, which would impose a comprehensive regulatory scheme on producers, retailers, and wholesalers of single-use packaging, as defined, and priority single-use products, as defined, to be administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). As part of that regulatory scheme, the bill would require Cal Recycle, before January 1, 2024, to adopt regulations that require producers, as defined, to source reduce, to the maximum extent feasible, single-use packaging and priority single-use products, and to ensure that all single-use packaging and priority single-use products manufactured on or after January 1, 2030, and that are offered for sale, sold, distributed, or imported in or into California are recyclable or compostable.

The bill would require single-use packaging and priority single-use products offered for sale, sold, distributed, or imported in or into California by a producer to meet specified recycling rates that are based on date of manufacture and that increase over a prescribed timeframe, and would authorize the department to impose a higher or lower recycling rate, as specified. The bill would require the department to establish, update, and post on its internet website a list of packaging and product categories, and recycling rates for those packaging and product categories, as specified.

 

SB 795 (Beall) – “Building Affordable and Inclusive Communities” (Senator Jim Beall)

Additional Documents: Support LetterFact Sheet
CCCA Position: Support
Status: Assembly Committee on Housing & Community Development

Summary: SB 5 has been reintroduced as SB 795. This bill allows local governments to collaborate on state-approved redevelopment plans, which would be funded through contributions to local Education Revenue Augmentation Funds (ERAFs). The bill would establish an Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program, which would be administered by the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee. Funding can be used for the following five purposes: affordable housing, transit-oriented development, infill development, revitalizing and restoring neighborhoods, and planning for projects that mitigate the effects of climate change. The funding mechanism will allow local governments that have opted-in and have an approved project plan to use local property tax. This bill will commit up to $2 billion in ongoing state funding, a substantial increase from the $200 million contributed over a 9-year span.

Existing law requires an annual reallocation of property tax revenue from local agencies in each county to the ERAF in that county for allocation to specified educational entities. The bill would authorize certain local agencies to establish an affordable housing and community development investment agency and authorize an agency to apply for funding under the program and issue bonds, as provided, to carry out a project under the program. Among other things, the bill would require that an applicant certify that a skilled and trained workforce, as defined, will be used to complete the project if the plan is approved, except as specified.

 

SB 899 (Wiener) – Planning and zoning: housing development: higher education institutions and religious institutions

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Oppose
Status: Assembly Committee on Housing & Community Development

Summary: The Planning and Zoning Law requires each county and city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for its physical development, and the development of certain lands outside its boundaries, which includes, among other mandatory elements, a housing element. That law allows a development proponent to submit an application for a development that is subject to a specified streamlined, ministerial approval process not subject to a conditional use permit if the development satisfies certain objective planning standards. This bill would require that a housing development project be a use by right upon the request of an independent institution of higher education or religious institution that partners with a qualified developer on any land owned in fee simple by the applicant on or before January 1, 2020, if the development satisfies specified criteria.

 

SB 902 (Wiener) – Local Control for Increased Housing Density (Senator Scott Wiener)

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Watch
Status: Assembly Committee on Local Government

Summary: SB 902 would allow a multifamily project, up to four units per parcel, be built by-right in residential zones (up to three units for a city population less than 50,000). The bill would also allow by-right use for to ten residential units per parcel and exempt from additional review under the California Environmental Quality Act, if a local government adopts a resolution that outlines zones for by-right near high quality transit areas and job-centers.

SB 902 retains all local planning objectives, including local height and setback limits, demolition standards, impact fees, and takes into account for historical preservation and residential areas in extremely high fire zones. The bill also protects homes and residential property that have been preoccupied for the last seven years, protecting existing renters from displacement.

 

SB 1120 (Atkins) – Subdivisions: tentative maps

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Watch
Status: Assembly Committee on Local Government

Summary: This bill would encourage small-scale neighborhood development by streamlining the process for a homeowner to create a duplex or subdivide an existing lot in all residential areas. This bill would require a proposed housing development containing 2 residential units to be considered ministerially-approved in zones where allowable uses are limited to single-family residential development, if the proposed housing development meets certain requirements, including that the proposed housing development would not require demolition or alteration requiring evacuation or eviction of an existing housing unit that is subject to a recorded covenant, ordinance, or law that restricts rents to levels affordable to persons and families of moderate, low, or very low-income. This bill, by establishing the ministerial review processes described above, would thereby exempt the approval of projects subject to those processes from CEQA.

 

SB 1299 (Portantino) – Housing development: incentives: rezoning of idle retail sites

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Support
Status: Assembly Housing and Community Development

Summary: SB 1299 would allow cities to receive a grant through the Department of Housing and Community Development an average amount of sales tax revenue from a big box retail or commercial center site for the previous seven years the site was rezoned as housing and has been occupied.

 

SB 1385 (Caballero) – The Neighborhood Home Act

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: Support if Amended
Status: Assembly Committee on Local Government

Summary: This bill would allow existing land zoned for office and retail use and permit housing to become an eligible use on sites that have been vacant or underutilized for at least three years. The Planning and Zoning Law requires each county and city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for its physical development, and the development of certain lands outside its boundaries, that includes, among other mandatory elements, a housing element. This bill would deem a housing development project, an authorized use on a neighborhood lot that is zoned for office or retail commercial use under a local agency’s zoning code or general plan. The bill would require the density for a housing development under these provisions to meet or exceed the density deemed appropriate to accommodate housing for lower income households according to the type of local jurisdiction, including a density of at least 20 units per acre for a suburban jurisdiction.

 

SCA 6 (Bill Dodd) – Gambling: sports wagering

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet
CCCA Position: No Position
Status: Senate Appropriations Committee – Suspense File

Summary: SCA 6 would authorize the Legislature by statute to authorize and provide for the regulation of sports wagering. regulated and taxed sports wagering, including online or mobile sports wagering, operated by horse racetracks and federally recognized Indian tribes, as specified. This measure would also authorize the Governor to negotiate and conclude compacts for sports wagering and for all banking and percentage games by federally recognized Indian tribes on Indian lands in California, which would include dice and roulette games.

  Last Updated: 07.21.2020