HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS UPDATE

AB 5 (Ammianno; D-San Francisco) would enact the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act, which would specifically restrict local law enforcement, local governments, and business improvement districts from enforcing local ordinances that “target” the homeless.

Although we recognize the interconnectedness of safe, decent, and permanent housing when addressing other needs of California’s homeless population, such as mental health or substance abuse treatment or unemployment, we think that any proposed laws must strike a balance between promoting health and safety for all residents and respecting the local designation of resources.  Unfortunately, AB 5 would create costly mandates, blur the line between local jurisdiction authority, and undermine the local decision making process. So we are opposing the bill at the Assembly Judiciary hearing on April 23.

The California Downtown Association (CDA) has put together a resource page on the bill.  We hope all of our members will weigh in with legislators about how eliminating the discretion of local agencies to deal with this problem will severely impact our businesses:

 ***ACTION ALERT*** CDA AB 5 ACTION PAGE  

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