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Title: California State Senate Housing and Community Development Committee Records
Collection number: LP423
Senate Housing and Community Development Committee
5.5 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: The Senate Housing and Community Development Committee is the most recent Senate committee to oversee bills concerning housing
and community development. The Senate Housing and Community Development Committee Records consist of 5.5 cubic feet of textual
and audiovisual records organized into the records series: Bill Files, Hearing Files, and Chronological Correspondence from
the 1999-2000, 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 sessions. The records reflect the activity of the committee in overseeing legislation
and other matters affecting housing issues and community development.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages represented in the collection:
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions will be noted in the record series descriptions.
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[Identification of item], Senate Housing and Community Development Committee Records, LP423:[folder number], California State
Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.
The State Archives received these records in accordance with California Government Code 9080(b) which requires legislative
committees to transfer their records to the State Archives when they are no longer needed by the committee.
The Senate Housing and Community Development Committee is the most recent Senate committee to oversee bills concerning housing
and community development. The first committee that had housing under its purview was the Senate Housing and Urban Affairs
Committee, which considered "bills related to housing, community development, codes and standards, fair housing, foreclosure,
housing finances, manufactured housing, housing element, and the Subdivision Map Act" (SR11, introduced in January 1983).
In 1995 the committee's name changed to the Senate Housing and Land Use Committee and its scope broadened to consider "bills
relating to housing and land use" (SR8, introduced in December 1994).
In 1999 the Senate created the Senate Housing and Community Development Committee, which changed the scope of the committee
to consider "bills relating to housing and community development" (SR4, introduced in December 1998). The committee consisted
of seven members, with the exception of the 2001-2002 session when it consisted of five members. Senator Richard Alarcon (Dem.)
served as the committee's first chair from 1999-2001. Senator Joseph L. Dunn (Dem.) served as chair for the 2001-2002 session.
Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny (Dem.) was the chair for last session in 2003-2004. In 2005, Senate Resolution 4 created the
Senate Housing and Transportation Committee, expanding the committee's scope to consider "bills relating to the operation,
safety, equipment, transfer, ownership, licensing and registration of vehicles, aircraft, and vessels" as well as "bills relating
to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles," "bills relating to waterways, harbors, highways,
public transportation systems, and airports" and "bills relating to housing and community development."
The Senate Housing and Community Development Committee considered bills that generated substantial community responses. The
committee played an important role in expanding affordable housing opportunities to more Californians, particularly by extending
the time periods that low income housing would be available for families and by establishing provisions for rent control.
The committee also considered bills relating to revenue and appropriations in housing and community matters. The committee
appropriated money for the California Housing Trust Fund which brought more affordable housing options to residents, passed
homeownership tax levies and approved tax credits for lenders that made qualified second mortgage loans to low-income homebuyers.
The committee also heard bills related to mobilehome parks, multifamily rental housing, seismic safety installations, and
other housing issues around the state.
Scope and Content
The Senate Housing and Community Development Committee Records consist of 5.5 cubic feet of textual and audiovisual records
organized into the records series: Bill Files, Hearing Files, and Chronological Correspondence from the 1999-2000, 2001-2002
and 2003-2004 sessions. The records reflect the activity of the committee in overseeing legislation and other matters affecting
housing issues and community development.
The Bill Files document the legislation directed to the committee. The files include committee analysis, letters from interested
parties, and the comments of affected agencies. These files show the close involvement of the committee in such issues as
condominium conversion (SB453, 1999-2000); the creation of the Housing Bond Act (SB510, 1999-2000); special consideration
when reviewing and ranking enterprise zones in areas of high poverty and unemployment (SB511, 1999-2000); and provisions regarding
community consideration in planning for the growth farmworkers and their housing needs (AB1505, 1999-2000). Other bill files
concern issues such as appropriations of housing funds, seismic safety standards and retrofitting requirements, urban adaptive
reuse zones and urban revitalization, mobilehome parks, landscaping and driveway requirements, rental housing, fair employment
and housing, housing requirements for redevelopment, multifamily housing and downtown rebound programs, annual omnibus bills,
camping cabins in recreational vehicle parks, and pooling of redevelopment housing funds.
The committee conducted hearings, special hearings, and interim hearings on issues such as low-income housing, farm labor,
earthquake safety, redevelopment, electrical inspections, and enterprise zones. Correspondence includes committee letters
and memoranda of committee chairs Senator Alarcon, Senator Dunn and Senator Ducheny, committee members, staff, legislative
counsel and legislative consultant Mark Stivers.
Together, these records reflect the committee's attempt to balance the varied and sometimes conflicting demands of California's
citizens for quality housing and responsible land use.
No further accruals are expected.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Low income housing - California
Mobile homes - California
Transportation - Planning - California
Related Collections at the California State Archives
Senate Housing and Land Use Committee Records, 1977-1998
Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Records, 1975-1984
Assembly Urban Development and Housing Committee Records, 1968-1974