2018 Legislative Outcome

On March 21, 2017, City Council adopted the 2017 Legislative Guiding Principles and Priorities, which serves as a guiding document for staff and City Council to follow when responding to legislative issues. In the current 2018 Legislative cycle, the City has taken a position on 6 individual bills in the state legislature and 1 bill in the federal legislature. A summary of these bills, the City’s position, and the outcome is provided in the table below.

BillAuthorTitle and Brief SummaryCity Position
ChiuSan Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District: transit-oriented development: this bill will give Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) land use authority over BART owned land within one –half mile of an existing or planned BART station. BART will also be required to adopt transit-oriented development (TOD) zoning standards on specified parcels of land it owns, and therefore will require affected cities and counties to update zoning to be consistent with BART’s zoning standards within two years.OpposePassed- Chaptered by the Secretary of State.
AB 2681NazarianSeismic safety: potentially vulnerable buildings: this bill  would require each building department, of a city or county, to create an inventory of potentially vulnerable buildings within its jurisdiction, based on age and other publicly available information. This inventory would then be submitted to the Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for review of compliance standards.OpposeVetoed by the Governor.
AB 827WienerPlanning and zoning: transit-rich housing bonus: this bill would require a local government to, if requested, grant a development proponent of a transit-rich housing project a transit-rich housing bonus if that development at the time of submittal meets specified planning standards, including complying with demolition permit requirements, complying with any local inclusionary housing ordinance requirements, ordinance or, if the local government has not adopted an inclusionary housing ordinance.OpposeDid not pass through the Senate - Transportation and Housing Committee.
SB 989WieckowskiState highways: relinquishment- Route 84: this bill will allow the state to relinquish to the City of  Fremont about three miles of Route 84 between Interstate 880 and Mission Boulevard.SupportPassed- Chaptered by the Secretary of State.
AB 1477SternLow- Emissions Building Market Development Act: this bill would create two market development strategies by providing incentives for voluntary leadership by developers and building owners to achieve deep Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reductions in buildings, encouraging early adoption and paving the way for mass adoption.SupportPassed- Chaptered by the Secretary of State.
S. 3157 (federal)ThuneTo streamline siting processes for small cell deployment: this bill would impose a timeline  c between 60 and 90 days for state, local and tribal governments to decide on wireless companies’ requests to install small-cell infrastructure, critical for 5G. If a government takes too long to consider an application, it would be automatically approved.OpposeCurrently being reviewed at Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
SB 237HertzbergElectricity: direct transactions:This bill would require the commission to adopt and implement a 2nd phase-in period for expanding direct transactions over a period of not more than 3 years, so that by the end of the 3-year period all nonresidential end-use customers may acquire electric service from other providers in each electrical corporation’s distribution service territory.OpposePassed- Chaptered by the Secretary of State.