2020 Legislative Outcome

2020- 2021 Legislative Cycle

In the 2020 Legislative cycle, the City took a position on four individual bills in the state legislature. Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, there was not a Legislative Guiding Principles and Priorities document presented to Council for adoption. Staff continued to review and use the approved 2019 Legislative Guiding Principles and Priorities to take action on legislative items. A summary of each bill, the City’s position and submitted letters are provided in the table below. 

BillAuthorTitle and Bill SynopsisCity Position

California Environmental Quality Act: emergency shelters: supportive and affordable housing: exemption. This bill would allow a public agency to carry out the development of an emergency shelter, affordable housing project, or supportive housing project expeditiously without undergoing the difficult, time-consuming, and often litigious environmental review process.

Support with Amendments Did not pass through Assembly- ordered inactive
AB 2553Ting

Shelter crisis declarations. Expands the authority that is limited to specified cities and counties to develop emergency housing, upon the declaration of a shelter crisis in a city, county, or city and county. Extends these provisions until January 1, 2026. Specifically, this bill: 1) Allows all cities and counties, rather than a limited number, to declare a shelter crisis pursuant to the provisions of Government Code Section 8698.4. 2) Requires, on or before July 1, 2021, any newly authorized jurisdiction to develop a plan to address the shelter crisis, including, but not limited to, the development of homeless shelters and permanent supportive housing, as well as onsite supportive services, and a plan to transition residents from homeless shelters to permanent housing. Provides that the locality shall make the plan publicly available.3) Adds “bed capacity” to the list of required information that a jurisdiction that has declared a shelter crisis must report to specified legislative committees on January 1 of each year. 4) Makes technical changes to clarify the dates for required initial shelter plans and annual reports for jurisdictions already permitted to use the provisions of Government Code Section 8698.4. 5) Extends from January 1, 2023 to January 1, 2026 the sunset date on the statute governing the authority granted to local governments to declare a shelter crisis and suspend any housing, health, habitability, planning and zoning, or safety standards, procedures, or laws for homeless shelters, provided that the locality has adopted health and safety standards and procedures for homeless shelters consistent with ensuring minimal public health and safety and those standards are complied with.Supp

Passed- Chaptered by Secretary of State
AB 2054

SB 50


Emergency Services: community response: grant program. This bill will establish the CRISIS Act, a three-year program for the purposes of creating, implementing, and evaluating the Program with the goal of making grants to community organizations. The grants will be a minimum of $250,000 per year and requires a program to create and strengthen community-based alternatives to law enforcement in response to crisis not related to a fire department or emergency medical service response in specified communities.

Planning and zoning: Housing development: streamlined approval. SB 50 would require a local government to grant an “equitable communities incentive” allowing more housing development than authorized by local General Plan and zoning standards. Qualifying projects would need to meet these requirements: • the project must be located in a “job-rich” housing area or a “transit-rich”area;• the project must be located on a site already zoned to allow housing as an underlying use in the zone (i.e., residential, mixed-use, or commercial);• if it includes more than 10 units, the project must meet minimum affordability requirements (or comply with the local jurisdiction’s inclusionary housing ordinance if that ordinance is more restrictive than SB 50);• the project must comply with CEQA and relevant standards, requirements, and prohibitions imposed by the local government regarding architectural design, restrictions on or oversight of demolition, impact fees, and community benefits agreements (except to the extent these requirements must be waived as part of the equitable communities incentive); and• the project must not be located on a site that contained (1) housing occupied by tenants within the last seven years or (2) parcels on which an owner of residential real property used the Ellis Act (Gov’t Code 7060) to withdraw accommodations from rent or lease within 15 years prior to the submission of the application.


Oppose unless amended
Passed- Chaptered by Secretary of State

Did not pass through Senate- ordered inactive