The Coalition for Affordable, Reliable and Equitable Housing Issues Statement After Senate Passes Legislation Increasing Housing Costs

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Coalition for Affordable, Reliable and Equitable Housing issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation that will increase the cost of housing during an unprecedented housing shortage that has skyrocketed prices across the state. AB 1701 will increase litigation in the housing industry by forcing contractors to be jointly liable for the failure of subcontractors to independently pay their own employees.

“AB 1701 is another example of legislation by powerful special interests that will dramatically increase the cost of housing, which will hurt families of all income levels that are desperate for new housing to lower rents and prices. Instead, it will needlessly make it more expensive to build – to the detriment of everyone else.

What is even more disappointing is that the author and the bill’s sponsors refused to consider reasonable amendments that would have both protected workers and constrained the runaway costs that AB 1701 will now surely inflict. We urge the Assembly to reject this harmful and expensive measure.”

Published Opposition to AB 1701:

Ventura County Star Oped: Another state bill that would worsen housing crisis
By Nancy Lindholm, president and CEO of the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce

Orange County Register Oped: Good intentions but bad outcomes in Assembly Bill 1701
By Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council

San Jose Mercury News Oped: Bill to make homebuilders pay twice is sailing through California Legislature
By Tom Scott, Executive Director for NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) California, which represents 22,000 small business members

Los Angeles Daily News Oped: Bill would create more lawsuits, higher housing costs
By Gary Toebben, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Sacramento Bee Oped: Don’t let special interests exploit California’s housing crisis
By John Gamboa, vice chairman of the Two Hundred and president of California Community Builders.

Fox & Hounds Daily Oped: AB 1701 Will Drive up Housing Costs
By Jeff Pemstein, 2017 Chair of the California Building Industry Association

About the Broad Coalition that Opposes AB 1701

The Coalition for Affordable, Reliable and Equitable Housing is a broad coalition of business organizations, local elected officials, minority businesses and chambers of commerce, and affordable housing advocates.

To date, more than 100 organizations and local elected officials oppose AB 1701:

  • Aceves Construction & Design, Inc.
  • Alhambra Chamber of Commerce
  • Andrew Sarega, Councilmember, City of La Mirada
  • Associated Builders & Contractors – Central California Chapter
  • Associated Builders & Contractors – Northern California Chapter
  • Associated Builders & Contractors – Southern California Chapter
  • Associated General Contractors of California
  • Bateman Construction Services
  • Bay Area Central American Chamber of Commerce
  • Bay Area Council
  • Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce
  • Bernadette Suarez, Councilmember, City of Lawndale
  • Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
  • Big Bear Chamber of Commerce
  • BizFed
  • Brea Chamber of Commerce
  • Building Industry Association of Fresno/Madera Counties
  • Building Industry Association of Greater Valley
  • Building Industry Association of LA/Ventura Counties
  • Building Industry Association of Orange County
  • Building Industry Association of San Diego County
  • Building Industry Association of Southern California
  • Building Industry Association of Southern California – Riverside County Chapter
  • Building Industry Association of the Bay Area
  • Building Industry Association, Southern California Baldy View Chapter
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of California
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles
  • Calaveras County Taxpayers Association
  • California Apartment Association
  • California Building Industry Association
  • California Business Properties Association
  • California Business Roundtable
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse
  • California Community Builders
  • California Construction & Industrial Materials Association
  • California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • California Pool and Spa Association
  • California Taxpayer Protection Committee
  • California Taxpayers Coalition
  • Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
  • Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Chambers of Commerce Alliance for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
  • Civil Justice Association of California
  • Community Housing Opportunities Corporation
  • Contra Costa Taxpayers Association
  • Daniel Reid, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Lawndale
  • David Mejia, Mayor, City of Alhambra
  • Desert Valleys Builders Association
  • Downey Chamber of Commerce
  • Eduardo De La Riva, Councilmember, City of Maywood
  • El Centro Chamber of Commerce
  • Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Federation of California Builders Exchanges
  • Flex Construction
  • Florence-Firestone/Walnut Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Fresno Chamber of Commerce
  • Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce
  • Gateway Chambers Alliance
  • Glendora Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
  • Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Central Coast
  • Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco
  • Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Home Builders Association of Kern County
  • Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Innovative Structural Engineering
  • Joe Angel Zamora, Councilmember, City of Santa Fe Springs
  • Judy Nelson, Councilmember, City of Glendora
  • Kern County Taxpayers Association
  • La Mirada Chamber of Commerce
  • Laguna Nigel Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake County Chamber of Commerce
  • Latin American & Caribbean Business Chamber of Commerce
  • Lodi Chamber of Commerce
  • Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • MCM Construction
  • Mike Spence, Mayor Pro Tem, City of West Covina
  • MLC Holdings, Inc.
  • National Association of Minority Contractors
  • National Association of Minority Contractors – Mid CA Chapter
  • National Association of Minority Contractors – Northern CA Chapter
  • National Association of Minority Contractors – Southern CA Chapter
  • National Federation of Independent Business – California
  • Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
  • North Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • North State Building Industry Association
  • Norwalk Chamber of Commerce
  • Oakland Chamber of Commerce
  • Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Oxnard Chamber of Commerce
  • Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Placer County Taxpayers Association
  • Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
  • Porterville Chamber of Commerce
  • Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional Black Chamber of Commerce San Fernando Valley
  • Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange
  • Salinas Taxpayers Association
  • Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • San Diego Tax Fighters
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
  • San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce
  • South Gate Chamber of Commerce
  • South Orange County Economic Coalition
  • Southwest California Legislative Council
  • Steven Vargas, Councilmember, City of Brea
  • TentMakers Inc.
  • The Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region
  • The Two Hundred
  • Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce
  • United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley
  • Valley Industry & Commerce Association
  • West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
  • Winnetka Chamber of Commerce
  • Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce
  • Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce
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