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April 11, 2019


FROM:           Mike Dillon and Christina DiCaro, CLA Lobbyists

RE:                 News From the Capitol



As recently reported, the Assembly Local Government Committee passed ACA 1 by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), which seeks to lower the local vote threshold for local construction bonds and special taxes from the current two-thirds vote to 55%.  The measure is now headed to the fiscal committee in the Assembly, which is known as the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  CLA members and library supporters are being encouraged to write the committee and encourage their support of this important constitutional amendment.  One key element of ACA 1 would establish the same local vote threshold that is currently authorized for K-12 school construction bonds and would bring about parity for all local government projects, such as housing, road repair, libraries, and parks.  CLA is in strong support of the measure.  (See CLA’s support letter, FYI.)

The composition of the Assembly Appropriations Committee is large, and we know your time is valuable, so we would like to encourage people to examine the list below.  If you determine that your legislator is represented on the list, please take a minute to write them a brief letter and encourage their support of ACA 1.  If your legislator is not on the list, but you would like to send a letter, please direct your letter to Chairwoman Gonzalez.   The bill will be scheduled for hearing in several weeks – likely in May.  Letters on letterhead are preferred, as are mailed letters rather than emailed letters.  Listed below are the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee: 

Sample address:

The Honorable Lorena Gonzalez, Chair
Assembly Appropriations Committee
State Capitol, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA.  95814


Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, Chair                      (State Capitol, Room 2114)

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, Vice Chair                        (State Capitol, Room 4158)

Assemblyman Richard Bloom, Member                          (State Capitol, Room 2003)

Assemblyman Rob Bonta, Member                                  (State Capitol, Room 2148)

Assemblyman Bill Brough, Member                                 (State Capitol, Room 3141)

Assemblyman Ian Calderon, Member                             (State Capitol, Room 319)

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, Member                     (State Capitol, Room 4167)

Assemblyman Ed Chau, Member                                     (State Capitol, Room 5016)

Assemblyman Tyler Diep, Member                                  (State Capitol, Room 5126)

Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, Member                    (State Capitol, Room 4117)

Assemblyman Vince Fong, Member                                (State Capitol, Room 2002)

Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, Member                            (State Capitol, Room 4139)

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Member                        (State Capitol. Room 4140)

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, Member                            (State Capitol, Room 4116)

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, Member             (State Capitol, Room 4144)

Assemblyman Bill Quirk, Member                                    (State Capitol, Room 2163)

Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Member                             (State Capitol, Room 5158)