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Phyllis Carmichael named 2018 REALTOR® of the Year

Phyllis Carmichael, a 40-year veteran of real estate, was named 2018 REALTOR® of the Year at the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® installation gala last week. The announcement by 2018 SILVAR president Bill Moody was met with loud applause and cheers.

AGUILAR ANNOUNCES NEW APPROPRIATIONS LEADERSHIP ROLE, SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that he was selected by Members of the House Appropriations Committee to join the Committee’s leadership team as Vice Chair. In addition, he announced that he will serve on the Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense; Transportation, Housing & Urban Development; and Homeland Security.

REP LIEU INTRODUCES BOLD CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), introduced one of the boldest climate change bills in Congress. The Climate Solutions Act of 2019 encourages strong renewable energy standards by requiring that 100 percent of electricity sold in the United States be generated from renewable sources by 2035.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Food & Water Watch today filed a notice...

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today issued the following statement regarding his reappointment to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over

Mayor London Breed Delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Breed calls for San Francisco to rise to the challenges facing the City, announces ambitious ballot measure to streamline affordable and teacher housing, sets goal to create 4,000 new placements for homeless individuals, and names Dr. Grant Colfax as the new Director of the Department of Public Health

Mayor London Breed Announces Plan To Redevelop Fire Station 13 With Housing

Mayor London N. Breed and Supervisor Aaron Peskin today announced a public-private housing development opportunity in the Jackson Square neighborhood. The City will be offering developers the opportunity to build market-rate housing above a renewed and seismically enhanced Fire Station 13, located at 530 Sansome Street.

DeSaulnier Recognizes Credit Unions for Offering Interest-Free Loans to Furloughed Federal Workers and Hopes...

On the eve of over 800,000 federal workers missing their regularly scheduled paychecks due to the government shutdown, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) sent a letter to the Consumer Bankers Association, the Credit Union National Association, and the Mortgage Bankers Association recognizing credit unions for offering interest-free loans to federal workers.

Congressman DeSaulnier and Senator Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Upgrade Contra Costa’s Water Infrastructure

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation to improve the safety and upkeep of important water supply infrastructure.

Teamsters Joint Council 7 Raises Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for Victims of Camp...

Members of Teamsters Local 2010 who lost their homes in the recent Camp Fire received $1,000 checks on Monday, December 17, from the Teamsters Joint Council 7 Disaster Relief Fund.

EPA awards California $187 million for drinking water and wastewater projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $187.3 million to California for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. “These funds will be used for 183 local projects that will boost the economy while improving water systems,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker .

Rep. Peters Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency of Government Contracts

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced a bill to help ensure that the federal government gets what it pays for on federal construction contracts. The Stop Unfair Bid Shopping Act (SUBS Act) would require general or lead contractors on projects valued at $1.5 million or more to list those

Veteran Housing Developments Awarded $72.9 Million in Fourth Round

This Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who fought hard for our country. They should not have to fight another battle for an affordable place to live when they return home. California is home to nearly 1.8 million veterans. More than 11,000 of these vets experience homelessness on any given night, representing almost 30 percent of the nation’s homeless veterans – the highest in the United States

Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Community Bank Of The Bay And California Reinvestment Coalition Announce...

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), Community Bank of the Bay (CBB) and the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) announced today a unique collaboration to help curb commercial lending that displaces local tenants, homeowners, small businesses

Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Aaron Peskin Introduce Resolution to Authorize $75 Million in...

Mayor London N. Breed and Supervisor Aaron Peskin have introduced a resolution to authorize, issue, and appropriate up to $75 million in bond funding for the acquisition and rehabilitation of private, multi-unit buildings at risk of entering the speculative market.

Mayor London Breed, Anita Lee, and Community Leaders Celebrate the Preservation of Permanent Affordable...

Mayor London N. Breed, Anita Lee, and community leaders today celebrated the acquisition and preservation of two adjoining buildings in the Inner Richmond neighborhood under the City’s Small Sites Program, which will ensure that 16 homes remain permanently affordable

BROWNLEY-WENSTRUP BILL TO FIGHT VETERAN HOMELESSNESS PASSES HOUSE

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act, legislation co-authored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) to fight veteran homelessness by strengthening job training programs. This bill was passed as part of the Veterans Benefit and Transition Act of 2018, and it is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law in the coming days.

Napolitano’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Attack on Clean Water

Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte), issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced a new proposal—claiming it to be pro-industry—which would weaken federal clean water rules, putting at risk the health and safety of millions of Americans

REPS. CALVERT AND ISSA PRAISE FUNDING FOR NEW FIRE EMERGENCY RESPONSE STATION AT MARINE...

Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) praised the announcement by the U.S. Navy that it will be funding the construction of a new Fire Emergency Response Station at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The Navy is providing $15.5 million for the construction of the new fire station.

Torres, Poe Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Homeowners Prepare for Natural Disasters

With the 2018 hurricane and wildfire season underway, the Homeowners Disaster Preparation Act would provide homeowners with loans to better plan for floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and landslides. U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan Homeowners Disaster Preparation Act

The Home Depot Foundation Awards Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles a $300,000...

Programmatic funding will support home repairs for low-income veteran households and the construction of a new, affordable home for a veteran homebuyer. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) has been awarded a $300,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation to further its ability to serve veterans across Greater Los Angeles.

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Phyllis Carmichael named 2018 REALTOR® of the Year

Phyllis Carmichael, a 40-year veteran of real estate, was named 2018 REALTOR® of the Year at the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® installation gala last week. The announcement by 2018 SILVAR president Bill Moody was met with loud applause and cheers.