By Gary Warth
An assembly bill that would provide about $1.5 billion for housing and services for homeless people was introduced Wednesday in a Sacramento ceremony that included a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers and 11 California mayors, including Kevin Faulconer.
Assembly Bill 3151, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, calls for 25 percent of the state’s $6.1 billion budget surplus to address homelessness. Municipalities would get money as a matching fund to what they spend locally on existing or new programs.
State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, is a principal co-author in the Senate.