SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two bills designed to add more housing in the state and support current homeowners were approved by the Assembly Wednesday.
AB 2372 introduced by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk on a 60-0 vote by the Assembly.
The bill, dubbed by Gloria as California's Sustainable and Affordable Housing Act, would allow cities and counties to allow construction of housing units based on a new floor area ratio calculation system.
A city or county could then allow building more, smaller units on a parcel of land than current law allows. Proposed housing would need to sit within a half-mile of a major public transit stop and 20 percent or more of proposed units would need to be priced at half the area median income. San Diego County's area median income is roughly $34,000 for one person.
"The CASA Housing Act is an innovative solution to address California's housing crisis," Gloria said. "This bill provides cities and counties with an important tool to produce housing that's actually affordable to working and middle-income Californians -- those feeling the brunt of our housing crisis.
"California must be a place where housing is available for all. AB 2372 is one way to start making that a reality."
The Assembly also passed and sent to Brown SB 824 Wednesday. The bill authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, forbids insurance companies from canceling or not renewing a homeowner's policy for one year after the home has been damaged or destroyed by a wildfire in a declared emergency area. Insurance companies must also report wildfire risk data to the Department of Insurance.
Homeowners within a fire's perimeter or the ZIP codes adjacent to the fire would be protected when a state of emergency is declared by the governor. Brown has declared states of emergency 22 times for wildfires over the last 18 months, including two in San Diego County.
"Requiring insurers to provide wildfire risk data will give the Department of Insurance an important additional tool to help protect the 3.6 million Californians living in the Wildland Urban Interface," said state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. "This data should help Californians living in high-risk areas access insurance products protecting their homes and communities."
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