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: Homeless Encampment & Litter Program (HELP) (Phillip Chen)

Additional Documents: Support Letter, Fact Sheet CCCA Position: Support Status: Referred to Committees on Transportation and Human Services

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

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet CCCA Position: Watch Status: Referred to Housing & Community Development and Local Government Committees

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 – Solid Waste: Packaging and Products (Senator Ben Allen)

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet CCCA Position: Support Status: Senate 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 – “Building Affordable and Inclusive Communities” (Senator Jim Beall)

Additional Documents: Support LetterFact Sheet CCCA Position: Support Status: Referred to Senate Governance and Finance Committee, Housing, and Education

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

Additional Documents: Fact Sheet CCCA Position: Watch Status: Referred to Senate Housing Committee 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.