Chau Bill to Provide Down Payment Assistance for Homebuyers Clears Senate

Sacramento – Assembly Bill (AB) 984, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), passed the State Senate on a 38-0 vote. This bill makes a number of important changes to the California Housing Finance Agency’s (CalHFA) statutes. Specifically, it gives CalHFA the authority to directly fund down payment assistance loans done in conjunction with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) first mortgages. Furthermore, it states that down payment assistance loans do not need to be repaid upon the sale or refinance of the home, if the home is insured by an FHA first mortgage.

Chau Bill Aimed At Providing Greater Access To Justice Clears Final Policy Hurdle

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Bill (AB) 1127, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), passed the Senate Committee on Judiciary on a 5-2 vote. This bill would require the Judicial Council to establish a California Language Access Task Force charged with developing a comprehensive statewide Language Access Plan (LAP) for use by courts to address the needs of all limited-English-proficient (LEP) individuals in conformance with state and federal law.

Interview with New HCD Chair Ed Chau

Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) announced on Tuesday, May 28, the appointment of Assembly Member Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) as chair of the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Committee. Many bills of importance to California cities go through this committee.