CalChamber Identifies 14th Job Creator Bill

Contact: Denise Davis

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Chamber of Commerce has identified a new job creator bill, bringing the current list to 14 bills. The latest bill, SB 1069 (Wieckowski), will be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee today.

SB 1069 (Wieckowski; D-Fremont) creates and expedites additional housing supply by streamlining the permitting process for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). CalChamber has identified SB 1069 as a job creator because it is an innovative solution to California’s housing crisis.

ADUs provide lower-cost and low carbon footprint homes in existing neighborhoods consistent with architectural traditions. Studies show that ADUs cost less to build, and rent for less than new market rate housing, making ADUs affordable by design.

SB 1069 amends existing State Second Unit Enabling law to further simplify the process of ADU adoption for residents by reducing parking requirements, streamlining the permitting process, and allowing ADUs by building permits within existing structures.

The average California home currently costs about 2.5 times the national average home price. The average monthly rent in California is 50 percent higher than the rest of the nation and even higher in cities such as San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Los Angeles. Average rents in all four of these cities are among the top 10 most unaffordable in the nation.

Data in a seminal 2015 publication, California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences authored by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, clearly show that the lack of affordable housing, particularly in coastal California, is one of the biggest drivers of institutional and generational poverty cycles. The publication reports that the bottom 25% of income earners are spending 67% of their income on housing.

In its letter to Senate Appropriations, the CalChamber urges the committee to support and pass the bill.

“State and local laws should enable residents to quickly and easily provide a home to someone in their community rather than set up barriers that make this impossible,” the CalChamber support letter states.

To view the job creator list, visit www.CalChamber.com/JobCreators.

The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California.  Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state.  Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law.  CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California’s economy and create jobs.  Please visit our website at www.calchamber.com.

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