State Senate Approps Committee Kills Bill included provisions for restaurants, bars, entertainment & performance venues
Bill included provisions for restaurants, bars, entertainment & performance venues
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|(June 19 2020, 12:55 p.m.) -- The state Senate Appropriations Committee has blocked the advance (and likely killed for the year) SB 939, a bill co-authored by LB area state Senator Lena Gonzalez (D, LB-SE LA County) and SF state Senator Scott Wiener (D, SF) that would have established a temporary eviction moratorium and a 12-month rent repayment period and procedures for the renegotiating or terminating of certain commercial tenancy leases, as specified, where a commercial tenant is impacted by COVID=19.
A legislative analysis of SB 939 as amended can be viewed here.
The Committee action officially "held the bill" in committee, preventing it from advancing to a Senate floor vote. The action is commonly taken by a Committee chair if/when Senate majority leadership [currently Dems] doesn't want a floor fight. The action is then simply announced by the Committee chair (in this case state Senator Anthony Portantino (D, Glendale.)).
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|LBREPORT.com followed this bill in previous reports. In a previous hearing by the state Senate Judiciary Committee, its staff's analysis noted that SB 939 is "sponsored by The Bay Area Hospitality Coalition. Support comes from small businesses, non-profit organizations, restaurants, entertainment venues, and other commercial tenants impacted by COVID-19. Opposition is from commercial landlords, who argue that the bill disrupts existing contracts and that financial protection is needed for commercial landlords as well as tenants."
The Committee's legislative analysis for the May 22 hearing listed SB 939's supporters and opponents as follows:
Amnesia file: On Jan. 1, 2019, LBREPORT.com reported that LB's Commercial Real Estate Council (website stated mission: to "advocate for commercial real estate investment, development, and the opportunity") announced that then-state Senate candidate Gonzalez would be its first speaker of 2019 for a "New Year Mixer." The group's then-president was Adam Carrillo, Ms. Gonzalez's then-significant other (now husband.)
LBCREC's Facebook page stated on Dec. 15, 2018: "She's supported over $4 billion Commercial Real Estate Investment and Development in the Downtown. As the only privately employed City Councilmember and expertise in technology & finance, we are excited to learn more about her campaign positions that support business and CRE investment for the greater Long Beach area."
However Gonzalez's candidacy announcement release struck a different tone in targeting the SE L.A. County district's working class/middle-class voters. .
,small>[Gonzalez campaign Dec. 14, 2018 release text]...[quote from candidate Gonzalez] "I am committed to a new vision for Long Beach & South East LA - tackling climate change, creating more opportunities for affordable housing and un-apologetically supporting working families..." Gonzalez...has championed issues such as creating a citywide Project Labor Agreement, banning Styrofoam containers and creating workplace protections for port truck drivers and hotel workers. Additionally, she fought to add more park space and programming in underserved communities, created more options for small businesses to participate in city contracts and created the City's first Digital Inclusion Roadmap, to ensure every Long Beach family has access to the Internet.....
In the April 2019 initial election, Gonzalez outpolled several Democrats from smaller cities and ended up in a June runoff against a Republican, Jack Guerrero, who earned a Stanford economics degree, a Harvard MBA and is today a CPA and an elected member of the Cudahy City Council.
The leadership of CA Republican Party and Long Beach Area Republicans failed to provide Mr. Guerrero's campaign with meaningful financial support or campaign resources. Likewise, LB's "business community" failed to provide Mr. Guerrero with meaningful financial support or supportive resources.
In June 2019, Councilwoman Gonzalez was elected to complete the unexpired term of former state Senate Ricardo Lara (now state Insurance Commissioner.) In 2020, no Republican or Democrat challenged Gonzalez when she sought a full four year term. She is now safely in the state Senate until the end of 2024.
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