With Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee Chair David Chiu stepping down to serve as San Francisco’s City Attorney, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon appointed Buffy Wicks (D-Concord) to serve as the new Assembly Housing leader.

Assembly Member Wicks laid out her priorities for the year—housing accountability, rent relief, and homelessness—during recent appearances. Given that this is an election year and last year was a banner year for housing legislation, the Assembly Member indicates she does not see any major bills being introduced this year. Yet, issues that have challenged the success of key bills in the past, such as labor, are top on the list for resolution.

Many of the ideas likely to receive attention in the Assembly this legislative year come from a Housing Listening Tour organized in cities throughout the State during the legislative break by the newly formed Assembly Housing Working Group. Check out the report that summarizes the results of those efforts.