Granny flats and renters’ tax credits: Which California housing bills lived and died Friday

By Katy Murphy : mercurynews – excerpt

SACRAMENTO — An array of bills aimed at easing California’s housing crisis, from banning fees on “granny flats” to pushing housing development on BART property, cleared a key hurdle on Friday, while others died quietly in fiscal committees…


As negotiations over state spending approach the June 15 deadline for passing a budget, hundreds of bills with cost implications were run through rapid-fire hearings in the Assembly or Senate. Within seconds — and typically, with no explanation — it was announced whether or not each of the proposals would move forward…

Here is a look at some bills that will live another day, with a chance of becoming law:

New construction: Senate Bill 828, from Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Assembly Bill 1771, from Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, would set more aggressive housing goals for local cities and counties and change how the targets are set in an effort to improve the widely criticized process.

A break for granny flats: It would be illegal for cities or counties to charge certain fees for backyard or garage units — or to require off-street parking — under Senate Bill 831, by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, a champion of the backyard “accessory dwelling” revolution. For too long, the senator says, some cities have limited the addition of these units with cumbersome requirements and high fees.

BART housing: Chiu and Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, see the BART system’s expansive parking lots as fertile ground for housing construction, and their Assembly Bill 2923 aims to nudge the transit system and local governments into allowing it.

Tax credit and more protections for renters: Senate Bill 1182, by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would incrementally raise the state tax credit for renters over the next five years — and give a larger break to renters with children — increasing the amount for the first time in decades. Assembly Bill 2343, by Chiu, would give renters facing eviction more time to respond to the landlord’s notice… (more)


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