SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom will continue his statewide rent and housing tour on Wednesday with stops in San Diego and Los Angeles to sign a series of housing legal aid and production bills into law.
In San Diego, Governor Newsom will sign SB 113 by the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, which will enable the transfer of $331 million in state funds to the National Mortgage Special Deposit Fund, and establishes the Legislature’s intent to create a trust to manage these funds to provide an ongoing source of funding for borrower relief and legal aid to homeowners and renters. This follows the Governor’s proposal in August to provide a new, sustainable, ongoing source of funding for legal aid for renters and homeowners through local nonprofits, and builds on the state budget’s additional $20 million in legal assistance to help California renters fight unjust evictions.
In Los Angeles, the Governor will sign SB 330 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) into law, which suspends local practices that are documented obstacles to housing production, such as housing moratoriums and certain fees. The Governor will also sign several bills supporting the production of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), as well as other legislation to streamline production.
Today in Oakland, the Governor signed AB 1482 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), which creates a statewide rent cap that is critical to combatting the housing and cost-of-living crisis affecting millions of Californians.
Housing affordability has been a top priority for Governor Newsom. The state budget signed in June made a historic $1.75 billion investment in new housing and created major incentives – both sticks and carrots – to incentivize cities to approve new home construction. The budget also provided $20 million for legal services for renters facing eviction as well as $1 billion to help cities and counties fight homelessness.
The high cost of housing and rent has also been the focus of executive action. In the first weeks of his administration, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that created an inventory of all excess state land in order to find parcels to develop into affordable housing, launching partnerships with six California cities in April to develop affordable housing on that land and, last week, announcing the first Request for Proposal (RFP) on state-owned land will be issued in the City of Stockton. The Newsom Administration has also enforced state housing law – putting more than forty cities on notice that they were out of compliance with state housing requirements and in jeopardy of legal action.
San Diego Event Details:
Who: Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assemblymember Todd Gloria.
When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (Press should be pre-set no later than 9:30 a.m.)
Where: Legal Aid Society of San Diego, 1764 San Diego Ave., San Diego, CA 92110
Los Angeles Event Details:
Who: Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Nancy Skinner and other legislators.
When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. (Press should be pre-set no later than 12:45 p.m.)
**NOTE: This event is open to credentialed media only, reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Danella.Debel@gov.ca.gov. Location information will be provided upon confirmation of RSVP.