The California Senate on Monday approved state Senator Nancy Skinner’s SB 290 bill, which aims to update the state’s density bonus law to support more affordable housing, especially low-income college students. After the state legislature approved by 66 votes to 1 last week, the Senate voted 32 to 4 in favor of SB 290. SB 290 is now given to Governor Gavin Newsom for consideration.
“California has a serious housing shortage; especially the lack of affordable housing, is deepening our homelessness crisis and forcing many college students to live in the car or surf on the sofa,” said Skinner of the University of Berkeley. “This fall, tens of thousands of California students will return to classrooms but have no place to live. SB 290 will provide more incentives for housing developers to build affordable housing, especially for low-income college students.”
According to data from the California Housing Cooperative Organization, the state currently has an estimated shortage of 1.2 million affordable rental units. Four-fifths of very low-income households spend more than half of their income on rent, as do nearly half of very low-income households.
The housing crisis in California is particularly serious among college students. According to a 2020 report by the UCLA School Transformation Center, the number of California college students who have experienced homelessness has soared by nearly 50% in the past decade. Today, one in five California community college students do not receive asylum. For CSU students, this is one-tenth, and for UC, one-tenth of UC students are experiencing homelessness.
SB 290 is based on the 2018 law of Sen. Skinner SB 1227. The legislation expands California’s density bonus law, which allows housing developers to build larger projects if they include affordable units, including college student housing. Specifically, SB 1227 requires cities and counties to provide density bonuses to housing projects when at least 20% of the total unit is set aside for low-income students.
— Office of State Senator Skinner
Election mailed ballots were delivered in the safety box on September 14
You can use one of the six secure drop boxes throughout Berkeley to submit your ballot before 8pm on Election Day on September 14th, day or night. All registered state voters will receive a mailed ballot for the governor’s recall election. In support of the expanded mail voting due to COVID-19, voter registrars opened drop boxes in Alameda County, including six drop boxes in the following locations in Berkeley:
- Berkeley Civic Center Building, 2180 Milvia;
- University of California, Berkeley, between Sather Gate and the Architects & Engineers building;
- Frances Albrier Recreation Centre, 2800 Park;
- Claremont Library Branch, 2940 Benvenue;
- North Branch, 1170 Alameda;
- 1125 University West Branch Building.
Voter registrars pick up ballots from the drop-in box every day, and the last time to pick up the ballots is 8pm on September 14. Ballots submitted in the drop-in box do not require postage. To ensure that your vote is counted, you must:
- Use the provided self-addressed envelope;
- Sign the back of the envelope;
- You can only use the drop box in the county where you registered to vote.
You can also hand in your ballot in any of the 66 safe drop boxes in Alameda County or any of the 100 Alameda County “Accessible Voting Locations” that will be open from September 11th to 14th.A list of these places in Alameda County is available online bit.ly/AVLlist.
— City of Berkeley
Raise a kitten every day throughout September
This year has been difficult for everyone. Why not wake up in your email inbox every day in September? The Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS) announced a new event, just for fun and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. From now until September 30th, you can now register the photo of the cutest kitten in your inbox every day.
“We recognize that there is a lot of bad news and pressure in everyone’s life today, so we want to share some interesting and positive things with the community,” commented Executive Director Jeffrey Zerwekh. “When you have a difficult day, there is nothing more like looking at the eyes of a cute kitten to bring some instant happiness to your life.”
It’s easy, free, and you can have fun without any problems.To register for the mailing list, please visit berkeleyhumane.org/kitten-a-day online. The origins of Berkeley Humane can be traced back to 1895. Today, it serves people and animals in our community by providing cats and dogs with life-saving programs, fostering compassion, and strengthening the connection between people and animals. With the support of a dedicated and talented team of volunteers and staff, the Berkeley humanitarian organization receives animals from municipal shelters around the Bay Area. These animals usually require medical treatment, improved nutrition, abundance, and a lot of love.to know more information Berkeley Humane Network.
Apply for a vacant seat on the Urban Climate Action Committee
Encourage residents of Albany, including high school students, to apply for one of the two vacancies on the Climate Action Committee (bit.ly/AlbCAC). The Climate Action Committee serves as a technical advisory committee on matters related to climate action and advises the Albany City Council on matters related to reducing greenhouse gases and adapting to climate change.If interested, please complete the online application bayareane.ws/2Wo7Nio Or call the Albany City Clerk Office at 510-528-5710 for more information.
— City of Albany
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