Ammiano's on a roll

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Willie Brown, the former mayor and current unregistered lobbyist, has been trying to undermine Assemblymember Tom Ammiano for years. But take a look at two Ammiano bills this spring and you get a sense of how effective San Francisco's veteran representative can be.

On April 23, the state Assembly Judiciary Committee passed Ammiano's Homeless Bill of Rights, 7-3. That wasn't easy; he had to amend the bill and work the committee hard. The League of California Cities, which has a lot of clout in Sacto, doesn't like the bill; neither does the California Chamber of Commerce. This is a big deal; the bill would ban most "sit-lie" laws and guarantee everyone the right to use public space.

Then the Pubilc Safety Committee approved his marijuana regulation bill, 5-2 (despite Brown and Co. trying to screw it up). And his Domestic Workers Bill of Rights , which the governor vetoed last year, is headed for likely approval at the Labor and Employment Committee.

There's still a long road ahead for all of these bills -- more committees, Assembly floor, Senate, and then the guv (and who the hell knows where Jerry will be on anything these days). But it's possible that, in his final term, Ammiano could have several landmark bills approved.

(Yeah, it's his final term. Six years is all you get in the Assembly. Crazy what terms limits has wrought. The minute you get to the point where you really know how to do your job, and you can truly deliver for your constitutents, they shove you out the door.)

 

Comments

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

The state should consider banning rent control. One state - one standard.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

someone please post Ammiano's San Francisco's address so I can sit in front and ask for money, use the nearest bush for a toilet, smoke a joint and then eat left over Chinese leaving the food containers on the front stairs.

I also suggest we start a middle class sit in Sacramento, no need for a hotel, we can sleep in the park, panhandle for money on the steps of the Capitol Building, and maybe get a free lunch donated by all the idiotic progressives up there.

Posted by Guest oldfart on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

someone please post Ammiano's San Francisco's address so I can sit in front and ask for money, use the nearest bush for a toilet, smoke a joint and then eat left over Chinese leaving the food containers on the front stairs.

I also suggest we start a middle class sit in Sacramento, no need for a hotel, we can sleep in the park, panhandle for money on the steps of the Capitol Building, and maybe get a free lunch donated by all the idiotic progressives up there.

Posted by Guest oldfart on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

Would love to know what the result would be if this legislation was put to the voters.

Posted by Troll on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

They passed sit lie.

Yes: 142,601 (54.3%) Approved
No: 120,023 (45.7%)

Progressives like the will of the people unless they don't.

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

if they vote against progressive priorities. When they support those priorities they are benevolent and wise.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

trumping the cities laws about safety zones around abortion clinics Tim would see that as a win too?

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

of local control. It wants local control sometimes but abhors it at others. They hate local control until they like it.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

fooled, duped, lied to, didn't properly understand the issue,... or "we were outspent" or "it was all based in bigotry" or "Just enforce the laws we already have" etc...

There is always some mitigation for progressives to behave like the people they claim to be an antidote for.

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

Ammiano's AB336, the prohibition of using the possession of condoms as evidence in prostitution, loitering and solicitation cases, was heard in the Assembly's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday. Public health officials, LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations and other public officials expressed support. His bill is patterned after the policy San Francisco law enforcement agencies recently adopted to preclude the use of condoms as evidence within the City and County.

Posted by Theresa Sparks on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

Condom used to convict sex workers, thats just bizarre and supremely wrong.

Ammiano elsewhere wants to get at the state level what progressives can't get at the local level, even though progressives claim to want local government and claim to speak for the people.

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

Now why did it take Gascon a year or more to implement this policy when it was a no-brainer from the git-go?

Posted by marcos on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

Why was it even anything more than an bad idea in the first place?

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:47 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

(Yeah, it's his final term. Six years is all you get in the Assembly. Crazy what terms limits has wrought. The minute you get to the point where you really know how to do your job, and you can truly deliver for your constitutents, they shove you out the door.)

Sit Lie vote in the city of SF.

Yes: 142,601 (54.3%) Approved
No: 120,023 (45.7%)

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

Term limits is why Ammianno is trying to push this through now. He's a lame duck but he needs to solidify hit Progressive credentials so he can get a job on some useless commission that pays 6 figures. Think Carol Migden.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 24, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

Ammiano's constituents are not the actual voters in his district.

Ammiano's constituents are SEIU flunkies and the areas various bums.

Constituents to Tim seems to mean "people who agree with me," as opposed to "people in my district."

The total destruction of language by progressives is so comical.

Posted by Matlock on Apr. 25, 2013 @ 9:37 pm