2019 Legislative Outcome

2019- 2020 Legislative Cycle

On May 7, 2019, City Council adopted the 2019 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 2019 Legislative cycle, the City has taken a position on 6 individual bills in the state legislature. A summary of each bill, the City’s position and submitted letters are provided in the table below. The City will continue to monitor legislation and update the table prior to the end of the 2019-2020 legislative cycle on October 30, 2019.

BillAuthorTitle and Brief SummaryCity Position

The Age-Friendly California Act of 2019. This bill will require the office of Planning and Research, commencing January 1, 2020, upon the next revision of the guidelines, to amend the guidelines to include elements of the domains of livability developed by the World Health Organization that specifically address livability issues for older adults to its guidelines for the preparation and content of the mandatory elements required in city and county general plans.

AB 1356Ting

Cannabis: Local Jurisdiction: Retail Commercial Cannabis Activity. Under this bill, if more than 50 percent of the voters of a local jurisdiction voted in favor of Proposition 64, these local jurisdictions would be required to issue a minimum number of licenses authorizing retail cannabis activity within that jurisdiction.  More specifically, the bill requires these cities to issue a minimum of one retail cannabis license for every four liquor licenses, or one retail cannabis license for every 10,000 residents.

AB 659Mullin

Transportation. Emerging Transportation Technologies. California Smart City  Challenge Grant Program.This bill would establish the California Smart City Challenge Grant Program to compete for grant funding for emerging transportation technologies. The program would encourage cities to incorporate advanced data and intelligent transportation system technologies to accomplish certain goals, such as: Reducing congestion; Keeping travelers safe; Meeting environmental and climate change goals; Enhancing mobility; Connecting underserved communities; Supporting economic vitality; Attracting private investment; and Spurring innovation.


Local government financing: Affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval.This bill  would lower the voter threshold requirements for special taxes by a local government for the purpose of providing funding for affordable housing and public infrastructure projects from 2/3rds approval to 55% approval.

SB 5BeallAffordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program: This bill would establish in state government the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program, which would be administered by the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee. The bill would authorize a city, county, city and county, joint powers agency, enhanced infrastructure financing district, affordable housing authority, community revitalization and investment authority, transit village development district, or a combination of those entities, to apply to the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Committee to participate in the program and would authorize the committee to approve or deny plans for projects meeting specific criteria.
SB 50Wiener

Planning and zoning: housing development: incentives. This bill would prohibit cities from restricting housing developments up to 45 feet tall within a half-mile of major job centers and transit stops, such as a BART or Caltrain station. Within a quarter-mile, projects could be 55 feet tall.SB 50 creates new zoning standards for the construction of housing near job centers and public transportation, while protecting against the displacement of renters and vulnerable communities living in those areas. SB 50 eliminates hyper-low-density zoning near transit and job centers, thus legalizing small to mid-size apartment buildings and affordable housing in these locations so that more people can live near transit and near where they work. It also reduces or eliminates minimum parking requirements for new developments.Current state law leaves most zoning and land use decisions to local governments, and includes no density standards around public transportation and job centers. Due to a lack of adequate and enforceable statewide standards, most California cities are still operating under outdated and highly restrictive zoning ordinances—frequently banning apartment buildings entirely—that make it difficult or impossible to build multi-family dwellings.