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“The number one driver of cost of living is housing – housing is the issue. Unless we get serious about it, the state will continue to lose its middle class and the dream will be limited to fewer and fewer people.” - Governor Gavin Newsom During his campaign, candidate Newsom...
California’s housing crisis is the worst threat to our middle class lifestyle since the recession. Our median home listing price is nearly twice the national average, and besides Hawaii is higher than any other state. https://capitolinsider.calchamber.com/2019/01/voters-say-solve-housing-crisis-or-well-leave/
In the long run, rent control “decreases affordability, fuels gentrification, and creates negative spillovers on the surrounding neighborhood," according to a recent report published by the Brookings Institution. The research review, " What Does the Economic Evidence Tell Us About The Effects of Rent Control,” is authored by Rebecca Diamond,...
Newspapers statewide are recommending that voters pass California Chamber of Commerce-supported Propositions 1 and 2, which authorize funding for housing-related programs for veterans and homeless persons with mental health issues. If approved by voters, Proposition 1, the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, would authorize $4 billion in...
Two California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills that will help expedite home building, one dealing with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform and another with land-use improvements, have been signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. AB 1804: Promotes Housing Development AB 1804 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) expedites infill development of affordable housing...
California’s water future will get brighter with the passage of the bipartisan, comprehensive federal legislation, America’s Water Infrastructure Act 2018 (AWIA). The bill passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives and will very likely pass the Senate before the end of the month. Given President Trump’s outspoken support...
From the #MeToo movement and the Equifax data breach to allegations of Russia meddling in our elections we have seen a virtual tsunami of bills attempting to respond to important issues that have garnered significant media attention. Often, when reactionary legislation is “ripped from the headlines,” it is...
On Friday at a bill signing ceremony in San Francisco, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed three California Chamber of Commerce-supported bills to encourage local governments to approve new housing projects. The CalChamber-supported bills either hold local governments accountable for meeting the housing elements of their plans or aim to combat...
The California Legislature has approved Gov. Jerry Brown's $52 billion plan to fix the state's roads through an increase in gas taxes and other vehicle fees. KABC
SACRAMENTO, CA —  CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg issued the following statement following tonight’s passage of SB 1: “Fixing our roads and improving transportation in the state is critical to California’s economy and our job climate.  SB 1 creates a user paid program that provides the long-term funding source...
The transportation funding deal reached last week by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders has passed its first test in the California Legislature, despite continued opposition from environmental groups over an air quality exemption for trucks. Capital Public Radio
California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg  joined Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and legislative leaders yesterday at a news conference at the Capitol announcing a landmark transportation investment to fix roads, freeways and bridges across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety. “Our transportation infrastructure...
SACRAMENTO, CA — California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg today released the following statement in response to the road repair and transportation investment package announced by the Governor and legislative leaders today: “Our transportation infrastructure is critical to California’s economy. The California Chamber of Commerce supports new...
The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee today will hear a California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bill that could exacerbate the already-problematic housing affordability crisis in California. AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose), if passed, could drastically raise the cost of housing, thereby making projects financially infeasible or exorbitantly expensive. This...
The California Chamber of Commerce is opposing a job killer bill that will further exacerbate the already-problematic housing affordability crisis in California. If enacted, the bill, AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose), will drastically raise the cost of housing, thereby making projects financially infeasible or exorbitantly expensive. This bill eliminates the long-standing...
Following is the text of a letter sent to the Legislature late last week. The damage to our roads and bridges from California’s most recent storms merely highlights and underscores the need to invest in our crumbling transportation infrastructure. The bond revenue from 2007 has run out. The federal stimulus...
On Friday Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced a series of immediate and longer-term actions to bolster dam safety, improve flood protection and fix the state’s aging transportation and water infrastructure. “We are gratified that Governor Brown is committed to expanding investment in California’s infrastructure – in both the short...
SACRAMENTO, CA — California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Allan Zaremberg today released the following statement in response to Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s announcement on bolstering dam safety and repairing transportation and water infrastructure: “We are gratified that Governor Brown is committed to expanding investment in California’s infrastructure...
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and newspapers statewide are recommending that voters reject California Chamber of Commerce-opposed Proposition 53, which requires a statewide election each and every time the state or a state-local partnership seeks to issue revenue bonds exceeding $2 billion to pay for infrastructure projects. General obligation bonds...
A fourth California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bill has reached the Governor’s desk. SB 1069 (Wieckowski; D-Fremont) creates and expedites additional housing supply by streamlining the permitting process for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) through reduced parking requirements, expedited procedural processes, and allowing ADUs to be constructed within existing structures. The housing...