A quiet week in Sacramento as members prepare final drafts of new bills and begin winnowing down the options in advance of next month’s introduction deadline. Little action expected this week.
HCD has posted emergency regulations to implement AB 587 (Chau), which provides a tax waiver program to assist mobilehome owners in updating delinquent registration and title documents. The proposed regs are here: https://oal.blogs.ca.gov/files/2017/01/EUR-2017-0113-03E.pdf. Comments due Wednesday.
Friday COB is the deadline for new bill drafts to be submitted to Legislative Counsel, the first key deadline of the new legislative session.
The Senate Rules confirmation hearing for HCD Director Ben Metcalf is scheduled for next Wednesday, January 25 at 1:30 in room 113.
Voters in California went to the polls on Tuesday and largely supported a host of affordable housing-related measures, while rejecting some proposed limits on local land use and housing decision-making. Of 5 new rent control measures up for approval, two of them passed.
In our earlier roundup, we missed Measure T in Encinitas, which put to the voters a revised housing element and proposed set of rezonings to bring Encinitas into compliance with state housing element law. Voters rejected that measure, 56%/44%.
Here is how the rest of the local measures turned out:
Local Housing Funding
- Measure A1 in Alameda County: $580 million bond for affordable rental and homeownership, including preservation of existing affordable housing.
- Measure A in Santa Clara County: $950 million bond for a range of needs from supportive housing to housing for moderate-income households.
- Propositions J and K in San Francisco: K increases SF sales tax by three-quarters of a cent. J puts a 1/4 cent towards homeless services and 1/2 cent towards transportation.
J: YES. 66%/34%
K: YES. 65%/35%
- Proposition C in San Francisco: Redirects some unused bond funds to affordable housing.
- Measure K in San Mateo County: Extends existing half-cent sales tax, proceeds of which fund a variety of services including homelessness prevention and affordable housing.
- Proposition HHH in Los Angeles: $1.2 billion housing and homelessness bond.
- Measures GS and GSH in Santa Monica: Half-cent city sales tax increase and accompanying advisory vote that would designate half of the revenue to affordable housing.
GS: YES. 70%/30%
GSH: YES. 63%/37%
- Measure U1 in Berkeley: Would increase local gross receipts tax on landlords, raising about $4M annually for affordable housing.
Land Use and Housing Approvals
- Measure JJJ in Los Angeles: Requires housing developers seeking zoning changes to build or fund affordable housing and pay fair wages.
- Measure LV in Santa Monica would require voter approval for development projects that exceed certain size or height requirements, with exceptions for some affordable housing developments.
- Proposition M in San Francisco: Would establish a new Housing and Development Commission with oversight over the work of the Mayor’s Office of Housing.
- Proposition P in San Francisco: Would require competitive bidding for certain affordable housing funding.
- Proposition U in San Francisco: Would significantly increase income levels (up to 110% of median) for city-required affordable housing production.
- Measure M1 in Alameda: Limits rent increases to 65% of CPI and establishes “just cause” for evictions.
- Measure R in Burlingame: Limits rent increases to 100% of CPI and establishes “just cause” for evictions.
- Measure L in Richmond: Limits rent increases to 100% of CPI and establishes “just cause” for evictions.
- Measure Q in San Mateo: Limits rent increases to 100% of CPI but no more than 8% and establishes “just cause” for evictions.
- Measure V in Mountain View: Limits rent increases to 2-5%, and establishes “just cause” for evictions.
- Measure JJ in Oakland: Strengthens Oaklands existing just cause and rent stabilization ordinances.