California State Pro-Housing Voter Guide

For November 2022

2022 Election Cheat Sheet

Explanations for endorsements are below.

California State-wide Offices

California Governor
βœ… Gavin Newsom
California Attorney General
βœ… Rob Bonta

California State Senate

District 10
βœ… Aisha Wahab

California State Assembly

District 10
βœ… Eric Guerra
District 15
βœ… Buffy Wicks
District 17
βœ… Matt Haney
District 18
βœ… Mia Bonta
District 20
βœ… Shawn Kumagai
District 23
βœ… Marc Berman
District 24
βœ… Alex Lee
District 25
βœ… Ash Kalra
District 26
βœ… Evan Low
District 28
βœ… Gail Pellerin
District 29
βœ… Robert Rivas

Endorsement Explainer

California State-wide Offices

California Governor

Gavin Newsom

In his tenure as Governor, Gavin Newsom has signed a beautiful flurry of pro-housing bills. Most recently, he signed AB 2907, which eliminated parking mandates on sites near transit. Not to mention SB 9 and 10, which repealed single-family zoning throughout the state. We are proud to endorse him, and look forward to four more years of his leadership.

Endorsed byΒ YIMBY Action.

California Attorney General

Rob Bonta

Rob Bonta has brought an unprecedented passion for enforcing state housing law to the Attorney General’s office. His leadership of the Housing Accountability Unit and his dedication to protecting pro-housing legislation from NIMBY nonsense has earned him the title Housing Champion.

Endorsed byΒ YIMBY Action.

California State Senate

CA State Senate District 10

Includes portions of Southern Alameda County, including the cities of Fremont and Hayward

Aisha Wahab

Aisha Wahab is a strong advocate for Affordable Housing, streamlining housing permitting and making sure cities hit their state-mandated minimum housing goals (RHNA).

“California’s housing shortage requires action today. We must streamline the process of being able to build in every city, building homes for everyone in every community. This is especially important in wealthy, high opportunity communities.”

Endorsed by East Bay YIMBY, South Bay YIMBY, and YIMBY Action.

California State Assembly

CA State Assembly District 15

Includes the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, Concord, and Antioch. Spans Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Buffy Wicks

Buffy Wicks showed Californians what true grit looks like when she took personal risk during shelter-in-place to show up on the Assembly floor with her newborn and speak up for SB 1120. From her first year in the Assembly, Assemblymember Wicks has led on housing issues, with keen insight on policy details that have an outsized impact on housing. Combined with the courage to move forward on important bills even when they face resistance, Buffy Wicks has become a crucial housing champion in Sacramento. She has authored and co-authored powerful bills on a broad range of housing issues, including a state-wide rental registry, housing element strengthening and important permit streamlining legislation, and dozens more. We need more legislators like Assemblymember Wicks, who see the human cost of our housing crisis, give it the attention it deserves, and fight to build the homes we need at a scale that counts.

Endorsed by East Bay YIMBY and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 17

Eastern San Francisco

Matt Haney

Assemblymember Matt Haney is delivering on his promise to be a strong pro-housing voice in Sacramento. In his first session as Assemblymember, Matt Haney was co-author of two key bills: AB 2097, removing costly parking minimums from buildings near transit; and AB 2053, introducing social housing to California. Haney has also been a consistent pro-housing vote, including for: AB 2011, legalizing housing in commercial districts; SB 886, streamlining university student housing; and AB 2221, accelerating ADU construction.

Finally, Haney’s provides an unequivocal and vocal support for HCD’s investigations into San Francisco’s violation of state housing laws and the state’s demands that San Francisco produce a credible Housing Element. Although we were disappointed that Haney supported Prop E at the DCCC, overall Haney has had a consistently pro-housing record in the Assembly, and we enthusiastically endorse him for another term.

Endorsed by San Francisco YIMBY, Streets for People, Urban Environmentalists, Northern Neighbors, Grow the Richmond, Southside Forward, Progress Noe Valley, and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 18

Cities of Alameda, San Leandro, and most of Oakland in Alameda county

Mia Bonta

Mia Bonta is a consistent vote for housing, focused on the deep need for subsidized affordable housing and strong tenants protections. In her questionnaire, Mia told us:

In general, new housing should be built in traditionally single-family neighborhoods which held exclusionary zoning ordinances that discouraged growth and discriminated against people of color, and near transit hubs as a form of transit-oriented development to address the nexus between the climate crisis and transportation/vehicle miles traveled to and from employment. However, above all else, it is critical that new housing developments not fuel displacement and gentrification.

Endorsed by East Bay YIMBY and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 20

Includes the cities of San Leandro and Hayward

Shawn Kumagai

Shawn Kumagai will bring a strong pro-housing voice to Sacramento. His substantive policy chops are matched with a passion for building housing for all, which will make him an exceptional leader on housing in the State Legislature.

“We need more homes in communities across California. We need an all-of-the-above strategy, including permanant supportive housing for previously unhoused or at-risk individuals, affordable by design, middle income rental units and more. Every community needs to step up to build the inclusive future we want for California.”

Endorsed by Tri-Valley YIMBY (EVOLVE), East Bay YIMBY,Β and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 23

Includes the cities of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay.

Marc Berman

Marc Berman is a proud, full-throated supporter of landmark housing legislation to end exclusionary zoning. Having his roots in Palo Alto, Assemblymember Berman understands that it is not sustainable for communities to keep saying β€˜no’ to new housing as the housing crisis continues. That’s why Assemblymember Berman believes in supporting cities to build the homes their communities so desperately need.

Assemblymember Berman has a full-court view of the challenges to housing affordability. That’s why he has supported and co-authored bills that generate new funding for affordable housing, that streamline the approval process of certain urban infill projects, and that set baseline standards for zoning. With his in-depth technical expertise and legislative skill, Assemblymember Berman is helping the state make huge strides in ending the housing crisis.

Endorsed by Peninsula for Everyone, Mountain View YIMBY, and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 24

Portions of southern Alameda County and northeastern Santa Clara County, including the cities of Fremont and Milpitas

Alex Lee

Alex Lee is one of only two renters serving in the California State Assembly, and his commitment to advocating for those most damaged by the housing shortage is second to none. As a strong supporter of every major pro-housing bill, every major push for tenant protections, and every effort to increase funding for affordable housing, Assemblymember Lee has been a steadfast housing champion.

Alex has supported upzoning bills like SB 50 and SB 9, while also authoring legislation to enable Social Housing and fighting to curb Ellis Act evictions. Assemblymember Lee is a legislator that truly supports β€œall of the above” solutions and proves that β€œboth-and” can be more than just rhetoric.

Endorsed by South Bay YIMBY, East Bay YIMBY, and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 25

Includes parts of Santa Clara County and San Jose

Ash Kalra

Ash Kalra has been a consistent progressive vote for housing and tenant protections. His strong public support of bills such as SB 9, AB 1401 and co-authoring of SB50 and AB 854 highlight his strong positions on housing. As a member of the Committee on Housing and Community Development, Ash Kalra has relentlessly pushed for housing. He is more than willing to publicly call out local governments who operate with bad faith housing actions as examples of why strong state action is a required part of the solution for our housing crisis.

As a strong champion of justice, equity & progressive policies, YIMBY Action values Ash Karla’s well versed intersectional views of housing in relation to public health outcomes, transportation, racial justice, climate change and more. His championing of resources for the unhoused population highlights how he goes above and beyond to center those most affected by our housing crisis.

Endorsed by South Bay YIMBY and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 26

Includes parts of Santa Clara County, including the cities of Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara

Evan Low

Evan Low has consistently flexed his housing muscles by supporting SB 50, SB9, SB10, AB 1401 and virtually every housing bill that has come his way in the past several years. His solid voting record and partnership with local housing organizations in his districtβ€”such as Cupertino for All–demonstrates a willingness to be a champion, despite representing a district that includes the traditionally housing-adverse communities of Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Willow Glen, and Campbell.

Endorsed by South Bay YIMBY and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 28

Includes Santa Cruz, Los Gatos, Willow Glen, South San Jose, Morgan Hill, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Scotts Valley, Felton, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Monte Sereno, Cambrian Village, the Almaden Valley, and Coyote Valley.

Gail Pellerin

Gail Pellerin is new to housing, but is fired up about building an inclusive California with housing for all. Gail has cited tackling our housing shortage as a top legislative priority. She is committed to finding policy solutions to create more housing for the middle class, increase funding for low-income and supportive housing, and improve public transit and active transportation infrastructure to make our cities more climate friendly.

“The good news for the pro-housing movement is that the tide is turning. People are realizing that the fabric of our community is determined by housing. If we want to support the teachers, the people who work in our community, we need to make serious policy changes and build more homes.”

Endorsed by Santa Cruz YIMBY, South Bay YIMBY and YIMBY Action.

CA State Assembly District 29

Parts of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties, including the cities of Gilroy, Salinas, and Watsonville

Robert Rivas

Assemblymember Robert Rivas is a true housing champion in the legislature. He has sponsored numerous YIMBY Action priority bills including SB 9 and SB 50 and has advanced other bills related to zoning reform, permit streamlining, and increasing funding for affordable housing. He is deeply committed to safe, affordable housing for all of his constituents from middle class families to farmworkers.

Endorsed by Santa Cruz YIMBY, South Bay YIMBY, and YIMBY Action.