State Legislation and Funding

Transportation and housing solutions are keys to addressing climate change and social inequity.

More than a third of the state’s climate pollution comes from transportation. And at the same time, too many Californians still struggle to find effective, affordable ways to get where we need to go. Outdated and inefficient investments in highways carry a high cost for taxpayers, community health, and the climate — while too many are stuck in traffic, or stuck without options at all.

California’s leaders have set ambitious goals to reduce climate emissions, and many of them share our commitment to reversing decades of disinvestment and exclusion in order to create an equitable future. Over the past ten years, we’ve engaged diverse partners in coalitions and campaigns to build a voice in Sacramento for sustainable communities and transportation equity.

Connecting Transportation, Equity, and Climate

For a decade now, TransForm has brought our expertise and understanding to the State Capitol, urging policies, programs, and funding to make our communities more healthy, connected, and fair.

We’ve made significant strides to improve our state:

  • We helped shape major transportation funding measures into truly paradigm-shifting ways to fund and support transit, biking, and walking, including new transportation investments approved in 2017, which now provide nearly $1 billion more annually for sustainable transportation.
  • We helped pass legislation that invests billions of dollars from fees on carbon pollution for better public transportation, safer biking and walking, and more affordable homes near transit.
  • We have brought together diverse organizations, interests, and individuals across the state for our Transportation Equity Summits and advocacy days, which have elevated these issues at the state capitol.

We continue to work with the Legislature, the Administration, allied organizations, and voters to advance a future where all Californians can live in communities with healthy, reliable, and affordable transportation choices.

For more information about TransForm's statewide efforts, contact Joshua Stark.

Priority legislation we are following in the 2019 legislative session:

AB 1279 ( Bloom - Santa Monica ) - Support
This bill would designate "high-resource areas" and allow housing development "by-right" in certain parts of these areas if these developments meet strict affordability criteria, and as long as they would not demolish any homes with with tenants, or that have had tenants during the previous ten years.
SB 5 ( Sens. Beall, McGuire, and Portantino ) - Support
The bill would also create the Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment Program to approve or deny plans for developments according to a variety of criteria including affordability, access to transit, and addressing some impacts to climate change.
AB 1112 ( Friedman - Glendale ) - Oppose unless amended
This bill would effectively set boundaries for scooter share laws, fines, and regulations, including restrictions on local governments' ability to collect and analyze trip data, and restrictions on locals' ability to require certain equity measures.
AB 1142 ( Friedman - Glendale ) - Support
This bill would authorize transportation planning agencies to add an indicator regarding the measure of policies to increase the use of transit in regional transportation plans.
AB 285 ( Friedman - Glendale ) - Support
This bill would require Caltrans to include plans for meeting California's 40% greenhouse gas reduction (GHG) from 1990 levels by 2030 in its California Transportation Plan update, and attain air quality goals. It would also study grant programs that help transportation reduce GHG with an eye toward better aligning them.
SB 400 ( Umberg - Santa Ana ) - Support
Adds bike sharing and electric bicycles to the choices of mobility options people can get vouchers for after retiring polluting vehicles.
AB 1486 ( Ting - San Francisco ) - Support
Makes substantial changes to the Surplus Land Act and directs local entities to take inventory of "surplus land," to be reviewed for potential affordable housing development projects.
AB 1482 ( Chiu - San Francisco ) - Support
Establishes a cap on allowable annual rent increases for most rental properties throughout the state.
AB 1481 ( Bonta - Alameda ) - Support
Extends Just Cause eviction protections to most renters throughout the state
AB 36 ( Bloom - Los Angeles ) - Support
Weakens the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act to allow local jurisdictions the option to impose rent control in certain cases that are currently prohibited.


For past legislative years in review, click one of the links below:

2018 legislative year in review

2017 legislative year in review

2016 legislative year in review

2015 legislative year in review

2014 legislative year in review

2013 legislative year in review

2012 legislative year in review

For more information about TransForm's legislative efforts in Sacramento, contact Joshua Stark.