Two bills aimed at addressing two of California’s most pressing issues – the housing crisis and safe access to public transportation – were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 13.
Both bills were authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica). They include AB 721, which will provide property owners with a process to remove exclusionary language in housing deeds to allow for more affordable and supportive housing that is consistent with local zoning. While court decisions and the California Legislature have made racially restrictive housing covenants unenforceable, these covenants often contain other vestiges of discrimination – such as limits on the number and size of units that can be built, Bloom said.
AB 917 will provide public transit agencies with a tool to ensure safe and rapid bus service by allowing agencies to capture images of vehicles that use transit-only lanes during peak hours. The images will be sent to local parking enforcement agencies for review and citations.
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