In the next two weeks, we have a chance to make sure California commits to homeless housing and services: AB 71 will appear before its first committee, the Assembly Revenue and Tax Committee, in early to mid April - and it could be as soon as next Monday, April 5. We aren’t sure about the time yet, but keep an eye out - we’ll let you know when we do so that you can call in and support it.
In the meantime, we want to make sure that four key assemblymembers on the committee know just how much we care about bringing California home.
If you live in any of these four areas, can you call and email your assemblymember today? You can call all of their numbers, as many times as you want. If it’s after hours, you can leave a message! You can also email both staffers listed.
- In the East Bay: Benicia, Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Pittsburg, Vallejo, Walnut Creek
- Your assemblymember is Tim Grayson. Contact his Vallejo office at (707) 642-0314, his Concord office at (925) 521-1511, and his Sacramento office at (916) 319-2014. Email Steven Stenzler, his chief of staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Domonique Jones, his legislative director, at email@example.com.
- In Los Angeles: El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Marina Del Rey, Venice
- Your assemblymember is Autumn Burke, the committee chair. Contact her Inglewood office at (310) 412-6400 or her Sacramento office at (916) 319-2062 to urge her to support this bill. Email Tish Rylander, her chief of staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Aaron Moreno, her legislative director, at email@example.com.
- In the Central Valley: Atwater, Ceres, Dos Palos, Gustine, Hilmar, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced, Modesto, Newman, Patterson
- Your assemblymember is Adam Gray. Contact his Merced office at (209) 726-5465, his Modesto office at (209) 521-2111, and his Sacramento office at (916) 319-2021 to urge him to support the bill. Email his chief of staff, Taylor Giroux, at firstname.lastname@example.org and Adam Capper, his legislative director, at email@example.com.
- In the North Bay: Mill Valley, Novato, Petaluma, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Sebastopol, and Sonoma
- Your assemblymember is Marc Levine. Contact his San Rafael office at (415) 479-4920, his Petaluma office at (707) 576-2631, and his Santa Rosa office at (707) 576-2631. Email his chief of staff, Terry Schanz, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and his legislative director, Katelin Van Deynze, at email@example.com.
Here’s what to say:
“My name is _________, and I’m a member of the Residents United Network. I live in _______ in your district, and I’m calling today to ask you to support AB 71, Bring California Home, when it comes before the Revenue and Tax Committee in April, because it’s time to reverse the cycle of homelessness in California. Thank you!”
Then tell anyone in your area who cares about ending homelessness to call, too!
We’ll let you know when the hearing will be and what to do there, too. Let’s push hard to get this essential bill through committee and closer to becoming law!
Take good care,
- We will not meet on Wednesday for a Community Care call because it’s Cesar Chavez Day! Get inspired by Cesar Chavez’ commitment to building power and see you on April 7.
- Last week, Los Angeles sent 400 police officers in riot gear to remove an unhoused community in Echo Park, spending public money to threaten violence instead of getting everyone permanently housed. Police arrested journalists and the fallout was international. Those of us in the movement for housing justice know that California can afford to get everyone housed, we just need to prioritize it - but that is not what the city of LA did this week.