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Legislative & Budget Accomplishments

PUBLIC SAFETY

State Budget: $800 million in new funding just this year to improve public safety in the 2023/24 Budget Act.

Retail Theft: $267 million granted over the next three years to local law enforcement to prevent and respond to retail theft, including $15.3 million for SFPD, $2 million for the SF District Attorney, $8 million for Daly City PD, and $15.6 million for the San Mateo County Sheriff.

Victim Safety: Increased stalking victims’ safety by lengthening restraining order durations.

Community Relations: Established a statewide police camera footage release policy to create transparency and support community relations.

Hate Crimes: Required minimum standards on police hate crime policies so that law enforcement better address hate crimes when they occur.

CHP: New Smash and Grab Enforcement Unit, as well as significant support to SFPD to crack down on drug-related crime.

GUN SAFETY

Gun Industry Liability: Allows citizens, the California Attorney General, and local governments to sue the gun industry for harm caused by their products.

Safe Storage: Creates legal liability for adults who own firearms and fail to store the guns safely.

Red Flag Laws: Expanded state law to allow employers, coworkers and school officials to seek restraining orders to stop dangerous people from possessing guns.

Gun Law Research: Funded the University of California to evaluate data and the effectiveness of gun laws and enforcement activities in reducing gun injury, crime, and death.

Enforcement of Gun Laws: Granted city attorneys and law enforcement funds to take guns away from prohibited people, as well as train police, sheriffs, employers, religious leaders, and others on how to seek a court order to take away guns from violent individuals.

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS

Statewide Funding: 2023/24 Budget: The state committed $3 billion for housing and homelessness-related expenditures, including funding for the Multifamily Housing Program, adaptive reuse, the Infill Infrastructure Grant Program, CalHome, accessory dwelling units, and the State Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. 

2022/23 Budget: Over $3 billion was committed to prevent homelessness and provide services and housing to those experiencing homelessness. In addition, $2 billion was committed for housing programs. 

2021/22 Budget: The largest in state history, a $7 billion investment over two years to support initiatives to prevent homelessness by focusing on behavioral health, housing and solutions to tent encampments. The package included funding to create more than 42,000 new homeless housing units, including housing options for people with severe mental health challenges. 

Local Funding: From July 2019 - June 2024: Championed $1.4 billion and 4,763 housing units for San Francisco County, $374 million for San Mateo County, and nearly $14 billion and 57,000 units statewide for cities and counties to both prevent homelessness and serve/house the unhoused. The 2023/24 budget alone allocated over $3 billion to prevent homelessness and shelter the unhoused.

Accessory Dwelling Units: Reduced government red tape for homeowners to build, rent, and sell backyard units, like granny flats. Funded $25 million in this year’s state budget ($50 million for 2022/23) to help construct ADUs.

Navigation Centers: Funded navigation centers and exempted them from state environmental laws to serve unhoused people faster; also allowed these facilities to be on Caltrans property.

Surplus Lands: Gave first right of refusal to developers who want to build affordable housing on government-owned land.

ENVIRONMENT

Bottle Bank: Created a mobile pilot program in San Francisco to encourage recycling, allowing residents to redeem deposits on bottles/cans at convenient locations that rotate throughout the City.

PFAS: Banned these harmful forever chemicals in food wrappers and fabrics.

Electric Vehicles: Required the California Energy Commission to assess and determine future/necessary infrastructure needs for electric charging across the state.

REDUCING POVERTY AND CREATING OPPORTUNITY 

Market Match: Increased buying power of individuals with CalFresh (food stamps) so they can purchase even more locally grown and fresh produce at farmers’ markets throughout California.

MediCal Expansion: Expanded MediCal eligibility for all Californians, irrespective of immigration status, as well as increased MediCal reimbursement rates for providers to widen access to healthcare.

Cleared Criminal Records: Championed legislation that has expunged over 11 million arrest or certain conviction records for people not convicted or who have since rehabilitated to reduce barriers to housing and employment. Automated relief for revoked probation for misdemeanors and infractions.

STATE FUNDING

Recreation/Parks: Golden Gate Dog Park, Portsmouth Square, Japantown Peace Plaza and Buchanan Mall, Merced Heights Playground, Lake Merced Trail, Angel Island Immigration Station and building restoration, Youth Bicycle Safety Programs & Arguello Bike Lanes.

Buildings: Geneva Car Barn, Sunset Recreation Center, Richmond Neighborhood Center, Chinese and Sunset Youth Services, A.P. Giannini Middle School Rehabilitation, Daly City Doelger Center, Daly City Libraries, San Francisco Mint, and Edge on the Square in Chinatown.

State College Access and Housing: UC to add 8,000 full-time equivalent resident undergraduates. 15% of this growth will occur at UC Berkeley, Los Angeles, and San Diego. In-state UC enrollment to increase while out-of-state admissions to decrease, $2.2 billion planned statewide for UC/CSU/ Community College housing.

Other Higher Education: SFSU Student Center, Asian Pacific Islander Studies, SF City College Infrastructure, and pathway to accreditation.

K-12 Education: Increased per pupil funding from $9,541 per student in 2011/2012 to $17,678 per pupil in 2023/24. Secured $3.2 million for Safe Routes to Schools in Daly City.

Childcare: 2023/24 budget gave the largest child care rate increase in State history, with $2 billion in additional funds over two years.