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Redevelopment Legislative Updates

(from Housing California) Senator Darrell Steinberg's SB 1156 passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee last Thursday, still facing a slew of outstanding policy and technical issues. Outstanding issues include:

Meet Our 2012 Housers' Hero, Bill Watanabe


Bill Watanabe, has been the Executive Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) since its inception over 30 years ago.  LTSC is a multipurpose social welfare agency in the Little Tokyo district in downtown Los Angeles.  Starting as a one-person office, Bill, together with the Board of Directors, has developed a comprehensive program of social services, housing and community development activities, with a combined staff of over 140 employees and several volunteers.

Dedicated Source Funding Bill Being Introduced In Congress

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) is expected to introduce the Housing Subsidy Fairness Act in early September. This bill would provide dedicated funding for the National Housing Trust Fund with savings generated by reform of the mortgage interest deduction.

Redevelopment Trailer Bill Provides At Least $725 Million for Housing


(update from Housing California) After six months of turmoil and policy debate, Democrats in the legislature and Governor Brown have reached agreement on legislation to clarify and modify various provisions of last year's AB 26x, which dissolved redevelopment agencies. Both houses are scheduled to take up the bill Wednesday morning (June 27, 2012) at 9 A.M. and send it directly to Governor Brown.

SCANPH Neutral on AB 904 (Skinner)


The Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH) maintains a neutral position on AB 904 (Skinner).

Redevelopment Budget Deal Reached, Tuesday Vote Set

(from Housing California) It is being widely reported to us that Democratic leadership in both houses and the administration have reached an agreement on the so-called redevelopment "budget trailer bill." Along with approximately 20 other trailer bills, both houses plan to vote on it next Tuesday.

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