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State Sen. Josh Becker in partnership with the housing nonprofit DignityMoves introduced a bill aimed at easing the installation of relocatable units on vacant land as “opportunity” homes Becker said could help get thousands out of homelessness.

“Opportunity housing is the most hopeful development I’ve seen to not just address, but actually put an end to our homelessness crisis at scale and with speed,” Becker, D-San Mateo, said in a press release. “My goal is to get tens of thousands of people off the street in the next few years and I’m confident we will do that.”

Proposals would extend streamlined approval for new housing and promote green-energy projects

(KRON) — One California state senator is pushing a new effort to make it easier to put housing units onto empty lots.

“It’s heartbreaking that California has the highest rates of homelessness in the country,” said State Senator Josh Becker, (D) San Mateo.

Becker, who represents portions of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, has introduced SB-634. If signed into law, the bill would make it easier for temporary housing units to be placed on empty parcels of land, both public and private.

A program to allow more access to community college in San Mateo County is part of a larger effort to encourage more California students to enroll in four-year universities — which is a priority for state Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo.


California will work to bring all greenhouse-gas emissions from state agencies down to zero by 2035 under legislation that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Friday morning.

ABC7 News Bay Area:…
ABC7 News: As we enter the peak of the heat wave today, there's a risk we might overload the power grid. This tracker shows how close we are to the tipping point in real-time...ABC7's Tim John spoke with State Senator Josh Becker.

Orange County Register: For decades — ever since the first two-way radio was used in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1933, connecting the Police Department headquarters to nine of their patrol vehicles — newsrooms have listened in, too. But ever since radio has been going more and more digital, making the communications easier to encrypt, police agencies, which have been known to be secretive whenever they can be, have been trying to keep their transmissions to themselves. That’s why we support legislation authored by Sen. Josh Becker, D-Menlo Park, SB 1000.

Daily Journal: “I feel really proud of what we got accomplished, especially on climate but other areas as well,” Becker said on the heels of his first full session. “You can’t get it all done in one year but if you have an area you care about that you have some expertise in, you’re focused and people see you care, if you’re diligent, we’ll devote some of our own legislation to it.”