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Background for State Legislation Committee

April 13, 2004

AB 547 (Berg) - Support

This bill authorizes local governments to enact a clean needle and syringe exchange programs. Current law authorizes cities and counties to establish and operate needle exchange programs only after the declaration of a local emergency. The declaration must then be renewed every two weeks by the Board of Supervisors or the City Council.

SB 167 (Speier) - Support

This bill would exempt hospitals from the 2008 deadline and the 2013 optional deadline extension on earthquake standards if they commit to comply 10 years sooner with safer standards now required under the law by 2030. The bill author argues that moving up the 2030 deadline by 10 years will make hospitals safer sooner for the public and will save hospitals money, allowing them to combine efforts for meeting the current 2008 and 2030 requirements at the same time. Many hospitals cannot get enough money loaned to them to comply with current deadlines.

SB 38 (Alquist) - Support

This bill expands the State Healthy Families Program coverage to children in families with incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level rather than the current 250% of the federal poverty level. Currently San Francisco children with family incomes between 250 and 300% of the federal poverty level are covered through San Francisco's Healthy Kids & Young Adults program. SB 38 would relieve the City of the cost of providing coverage to about 12,000 children presently enrolled as Healthy Kids. The resulting savings of approximately $1.4 million could be reallocated to provide coverage to others in the City who remain uninsured.

AB 363 (Chu) - Support

This is a CWDA (County Welfare Director's Assn) sponsored bill that would help counties as we implement the Child Welfare System Improvement and Accountability Act (better known as Child Welfare Re-design). AB 363 would:

  • Create the Child Welfare Services Outcomes and Accountability Incentive Fund so that counties will have a means to receive funding to implement their System Improvement Plans;

  • Create a feedback mechanism between the Legislature and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide information regarding the counties' recommendations in their self-assessments and system improvement plans.
  • SB 1018 (Simitian) and AB 1605 (Wolk) - the Elder and Dependent Financial Abuse Reporting Act of 2005 - Support

    These are identical bills, sponsored by CWDA that would add employees of certain financial institutions - banks, credit unions, and savings and loans - as mandated reporters of financial abuse perpetrated against elder and dependent adults. These bills also apply penalties for failure to report and extend immunity from civil liability for making such reports, consistent with other mandated reporters in current law. Eighteen other states have passed similar laws, often over the objections of their state bank associations. Reporting by banks has been shown to be very effective in increasing reports of financial abuse and preventing additional losses to victims.

    Timely intervention is critical to preventing financial loss for seniors and dependent adults who often live on fixed, limited incomes, and financial institutions often are in the best position to witness this kind of abuse when it occurs. Only 1 in 100 cases of financial abuse are reported in California. Many seniors and dependent adults are too embarrassed, unaware or unwilling to disclose financial abuse to authorities. In SF, 9% of all Adult Protective Service allegations are related to financial abuse and neglect, a statistic that may not reflect the true extent of the problem. Seniors are the fastest growing age group in SF and will comprise an increasingly larger share of SF's population. Many of them are also homeowners, living in isolation and vulnerable to potential fraudulent activities, so passage of one of these bills would protect SF seniors, and allow them to keep their assets, avoiding premature institutionalization into nursing homes.

    AB 824 (Chu) - Support

    This bill would extend the current age limit of 21 to 24 for the Transitional Housing Placement Program for Emancipated Foster/Probation Youth (also known as THP+). THP+ is the only state-funded program to provide essential housing and support services for emancipated and probation youth. The goal of the program is to help youth achieve independence and have the opportunity to move towards a stable adulthood. In California, an estimated 60% of emancipating youth become homeless, and in San Francisco, an estimated 45% of our youth have no stable housing when they leave foster care. San Francisco is one of three counties in California to have a THP+ program providing 31 units of housing for emancipated youth. The biggest challenge in stabilizing the THP+ participants has been the age limit - THP+ is a twenty-four month housing program with wrap-around services. Several of our youth did not enter the program until they were 19 1/2 or 20, and thus could not benefit from the full 24 months of housing/services.

    AB 1282 (Mullin) - Oppose

    This bill would eliminate the 50/50 split between San Francisco and San Mateo counties on the sale of jet fuel at SFO, and allow San Mateo to keep all revenues.

    AB 236 (Bermudez) - Oppose

    This bill would cap the sales tax on sale of jet fuel at 63 cents per gallon until 2010. The bill is sponsored by the Air Transport Association. The Board of Equalization estimates an $86 mil revenue loss to the state, a $33 mil revenue loss to local jurisdictions and another $11 mil loss to special districts.

    AB 769 (Horton) - Support

    This bill would authorize an enforcement agency to require an owner of residential rental property to complete 15 hours of educational courses if he or she fails to repair a building condition that is in violation of the housing or building standard.

    SB 894(Dunn) - Support

    This bill would allow the court to issue an injunction where a property owner has abated a nuisance to prevent a recurrence or future occurence of that activity. This amendment fills a statutory gap and serves as a particularly useful tool in the cases involving properties that are vacant or owner occupied. Compliance by the property owner is motivated by the lawsuit filed by the City and can be short-lived. Prospective injunctions ensure that the property owners will maintain those properties as required by law for a discrete period of time. An injunction usually is in place for three to five years. The ability of the City Attorney's Office to seek prospective injunctions reduces the necessity to file multiple lawsuits to address the same or similar nuisances and encourages property owners to act responsibly or face very immediate contempt penalties.

    SB 6 (Ducheny) - Support

    This bill would allow Enterprize Zones created after 1990 to apply for a 5-year extension. San Francisco currently has one enterprise zone, located in the Mission District.