Legislative Agenda for 2019 and 2020

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The City of Lafayette’s Legislative Agenda for 2019 and 2020, which was adopted by the City Council on July 22, 2019, is a source for residents, commissions and committees, and staff to understand the goals and policies that guide the City of Lafayette in its legislative strategy. In addition to the Legislative Agenda, this page provides links to the City of Lafayette's letters regarding the various bills being considered by the Legislature.

  

City Council Legislation Committee

Cameron Burks, Council Member, E-mail: cburks@ci.lafayette.ca.us

Steven Bliss, Council Member, E-mail: sbliss@ci.lafayette.ca.us

 

State Representatives

Steve Glazer, State Senator, 7th District, Email via website here

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, State Assembly Member, District 16, Email via website here   

 

City of Lafayette Legislative Agenda for 2019 and 2020

The City Council’s Legislation Committee and Townsend Public Affairs, Inc. (TPA) have prepared this report for the City of Lafayette outlining potential areas of state legislative interest for 2019 and 2020. The report summarizes the City’s legislative principles and potential policy topics of interest to the City for the current and upcoming legislative years.

The strategic agenda includes advocating for legislation, regulations, and funding that is consistent with the City’s vision, goals and policies. If the City Council is supportive of the proposals listed below, TPA will continue to research what can be accomplished through legislation, regulations, or direct advocacy with state agencies and other organizations to help address Lafayette’s needs. In addition to this City Legislative Agenda, TPA will also review City Council Resolution 2019-23 and the Contra Costa County Jurisdictions’ Housing and Policy Framework (Framework). When legislation is introduced that impacts any of the items listed below or in the Framework, TPA will immediately alert the City and together assess next steps.

LEGISLATIVE PRINCIPLES

Preserving Local Control

The City deeply values its ability and authority to exercise local control, offer excellent public services, and protect and enhance the quality of life for Lafayette residents and businesses. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Monitoring and opposing legislation that may reduce municipal authority, particularly in the areas of land use planning, zoning and development review.
  2. Supporting legislation that protects local revenue sources and prevents the imposition of unfunded mandates on cities.
  3. Supporting legislation that rolls back/unwinds existing unfunded mandates or increases funding to cities.
  4. Opposing legislation that reduces funding to cities that do not meet their housing targets.
  5. Monitoring legislation that could impact the City’s ability to regulate the “sharing economy” (platforms such as Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb) as it develops.
  6. Supporting legislation that creates a permanent source of revenue — or strengthens existing revenue sources — to local governments for the production and preservation of affordable housing.

  7. Supporting legislation that provides funding for local governments to address homelessness.
  8. Monitoring legislation that would expand tenant protections.
  9. Opposing legislation that impacts the ability of local governments to utilize digital communication.
  10. Monitoring legislation that could impact commercial and/or recreational drone usage.
  11. Monitoring legislation that could impact local telecommunications infrastructure.
  12. Other related topics. 

Housing

The City acknowledges that California is currently facing a housing shortage and supports legislation and policies to develop affordable housing that will accommodate local workers' needs. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Supporting legislation that facilitates the streamlined construction and production of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
  2. Supporting legislation that would allow cities to count ADUs towards the fulfillment of their regional housing needs allocations (RHNA).
  3. Supporting legislation that uses a county jobs-housing balance as a basis to allocate RHNA and funding.
  4. Opposing legislation requiring the production of housing away from job centers, which would further burden the region’s strained transportation network and increase vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 
  5. Supporting legislation requiring housing and jobs to be evenly distributed across cities and counties throughout the state. Statewide land use legislation should apply statewide and neither apply to only a small number of communities nor exempt a select set of communities.
  6. Supporting legislation that exempts high fire hazard areas from requirements to build higher density housing.
  7. Other related topics. 

Fiscal Matters

The City supports legislation to fund economic development and to protect and fund essential city services. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Continuing repeated interactions with elected representatives to predict fiscal year funding and to assess the City‘s ability to take advantage of political trends and preferences in the state budget.
  2. Protecting local rate payers with regard to state utility mandates.
  3. Supporting legislation and initiatives that would provide funding for libraries, arts and cultural expression in Lafayette.
  4. Supporting legislation and initiatives that would provide funding for open spaces, parks, trails, and other public amenities.
  5. Supporting legislation and initiatives that would provide funding for downtown beautification and revitalization.
  6. Supporting legislation that will return e-commerce/internet sales tax revenue to the point of sale.
  7. Supporting legislation that fully reimburses cities for agreements and loans with former redevelopment agencies.
  8. Monitoring legislation that affects Transient Occupancy Taxes and regulations regarding such.
  9. Monitoring legislation impacting Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts, redevelopment agencies, or tax increment financing districts.
  10. Other related topics.

Environmental Protection

The City supports legislation and policies that promote sustainable development, improve environmental standards, streamline the regulatory process, provide incentives and funding for preservation of natural resources, and support sustainable energy policies. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Supporting legislation that conserves open space and natural resources. 
  2. Supporting legislation to increase funding for climate action planning.
  3. Supporting legislation to increase funding for green buildings, electric vehicle charging stations, and related infrastructure.
  4. Supporting legislation that supports climate adaptation solutions, including sea level rise, flood management practices, and wild fire fuel management solutions.
  5. Monitoring legislation that imposes state mandates on cities to fund climate adaptation solutions.
  6. Monitoring legislation that impacts environmental review policy or CEQA.
  7. Monitoring legislation that impacts a city’s ability to approve or deny projects based on health and safety impacts.
  8. Other related topics.

Transportation

The City supports legislation and policies that promote investing in the planning and implementation of regional and local transportation and traffic congestion relief projects, the maintenance and rehabilitation of aging transportation infrastructure, and building system capacity expansions where appropriate. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Supporting legislation to fund alternative modes of travel including expanding transit services and pedestrian and bicycle pathways.
  2. Supporting new statewide funding opportunities for the ongoing maintenance and repair of local roads and highways. 
  3. Supporting efforts to address regional transportation congestion.
  4. Monitoring legislation for the expansion of ADA facilities and public access.
  5. Other related topics. 

Public Health and Safety

The City supports legislation to access funding and resources to provide high quality police, fire, emergency management, emergency medical and public health services. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Supporting funding opportunities to address natural disaster mitigation and evacuation planning.
  2. Supporting legislation to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.
  3. Monitoring legislation on the sale of e-cigarettes.
  4. Monitoring legislation/research on the potential safeguards regarding the purchase, distribution, consumption and cultivation of cannabis.
  5. Other related topics.

Elections

The City supports legislation to reduce unnecessary and costly procedures for conducting municipal elections, while streamlining voter registration efforts to ensure all eligible residents can vote freely. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Supporting legislation that encourages and expands civic engagement and voter participation in elections.
  2. Monitoring legislation that lowers the voting requirements for passage of local special purpose agency funding propositions.
  3. Monitoring legislation that affects municipal elections.
  4. Monitoring legislation that affects the California Voting Rights Acts and by-district elections.
  5. Other related topics. 

Government Transparency

The City supports government transparency, public access to records and supports legislation that facilitates these principles while still allowing for necessary municipal operations and services. Advocacy efforts may include:

  1. Monitoring legislation that affects the Brown Act.
  2. Monitoring legislation that affects special districts and joint powers authorities and regulations of such.
  3. Monitoring legislation that affects the Public Records Act.
  4. Monitoring legislation that affects the Political Reform Act.
  5. Other related topics.

Supporting documents for the City of Lafayette's Legislative Agenda can be found here

 

City of Lafayette's Letters Regarding Pending Bills

AB 1487 (Chiu) Request for Veto Sept 17, 2019

SB 5 (Beall/McGuire/Portantino) Newsom Support Sept 16, 2019

AB 1487 (Chiu) Oppose August 30, 2019 

AB 1487 (Chiu) Request July 17, 2019

SB 592 (Wiener) Oppose July 2, 2019

SB 330 (Skinner) Oppose July 2, 2019

AB 1487 (Chiu) Concern July 2, 2019

SB 5 (Beall/McGuire/Portantino) Support June 19, 2019

AB 1487 (Chiu) Watch May 22, 2019

SB 50 (Wiener) Oppose April 17, 2019

 

Bill Language, Summaries, and Analysis

The State of California's LegInfo website provides a way to look up any individual bill and view the bill language, a summary,  as well as committee analysis. You can access LegInfo here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/

Bills of Interest to Lafayette

Priority Legislation

AB 68 (Ting) – This bill expands the types of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) that must be permitted, regardless of local regulations, and makes numerous other changes to ADU law.  AB 68 was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee (5-2).  The measure is currently on the Senate Floor and eligible for consideration.  If approved by the Senate, the measure must return to the Assembly Floor for a concurrence vote. 

AB 881 (Bloom)This measure expands the types of ADUs that a local government must permit and, until January 1, 2025, prohibits local agencies from requiring owner occupancy of ADUs, among other changes.  AB 881 was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee (5-2).  The measure is currently on the Senate Floor and eligible for consideration.  If approved by the Senate, the measure must return to the Assembly Floor for a concurrence vote. 

SB 13 (Wieckowski)This measure expands the types of ADUs that must be permitted, regardless of local regulations, and makes numerous other changes to ADU law.  The bill was previously amended to align with the owner-occupancy provisions of AB 881 and modify the impact fees for ADUs over 750 feet so that they are proportionate to the square footage of the primary residence. SB 13 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee (14-1).  The measure is currently on the Assembly Floor and eligible for consideration.  If approved by the Assembly, the measure must return to the Senate Floor for a concurrence vote. 

SB 5 (Beall)This measure creates the Affordable Housing and Community Investment Program for local agencies to use existing local property taxes for affordable housing and housing related projects.  SB 5 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee (12-6).  The measure is currently on the Assembly Floor and eligible for consideration.  If approved by the Assembly, the measure must return to the Senate Floor for a concurrence vote.

AB 1484 (Grayson) – This measure would require a city or county to post on its website each fee imposed by the city, county and any dependent special district that is applicable to a housing development project.  Earlier this week, Assembly Member Grayson’s office indicated that they would be amending this measure to amend the way that impact fees are determined and levied on housing projects, but that they would not be pursuing the measure prior to the end of session this year.  The Assembly Member indicated that he would work with relevant policy committees and stakeholders to conduct informational hearings over the legislative interim and next year with the goal of developing legislation that can be supported by stakeholders.  The City of Lafayette has a Watch position on this measure. 

AB 1487 (Chiu) – This bill would establish the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority and would state that the authority’s purpose is to raise, administer, and allocate funding for affordable housing in the Bay Area and provide technical assistance at a regional level for tenet protection, affordable housing preservation, and new affordable housing production.  On August 28th, this measure was significantly amended to include language that is reflective of changes recommended by ABAG and MTC, as well as modifications requested by other stakeholders.  The amendments cover a wide range of items, including the agency’s governance, powers, ability to generate revenue, and how any revenues can be expended.  On September 4th, AB 1487 was heard in the Senate Housing Committee and was approved on a 7-1 vote.  The measure is currently on the Senate Floor, but will likely be referred to the Senate Governance and Finance Committee for a hearing.  The Senate Governance and Finance hearing may occur as soon as Friday, September 6th.  Should the bill be approved by the committee, it will then return to the Senate Floor for consideration.  The measure would also need to return to the Assembly for a Floor vote, before it could be sent to the Governor.  The City of Lafayette has an Oppose position on this measure.

SB 330 (Skinner) – This bill establishes the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, and makes numerous changes, until January 1, 2025, to various statutes related to housing development. These changes affect the Permit Streamlining Act, local housing approval processes and the Housing Accountability Act, impose restrictions on specified development standards and provide for delayed enforcement of certain code violations, among other things.  On August 30th,  the measure was passed off of the Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File on an 18-0 votes.  The measure is currently on the Assembly Floor and eligible for consideration.  If approved by the Assembly, the measure will return to the Senate Floor for a concurrence vote.t The City of Lafayette has an Oppose position on this measure.

SB 592 (Wiener) – This bill extends provisions of the Housing Accountability Act to accessory dwelling units and certain ministerial decisions, and adds new provisions related to the enforcement of the Act.  This measure was amended on August 26th to include clarification that “lower density” includes any conditions that have the same effect or impact on the ability of the housing development project to provide housing, but does not include conditions that ensure that residential uses of the development are used for residential and not commercial uses.  On August 28th, SB 592 was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee (16-0) and referred to the Assembly Floor for consideration.  The City of Lafayette has an Oppose position on this measure.

Legislative Calendar

Below are key upcoming dates on the legislative calendar.

  • September 13 – Last day to pass bills, Interim Recess begins upon adjournment
  • October 13 – Last day for the Governor to act on bills