GOVERNOR-ELECT NEWSOM NAMES CHIEF OF STAFF

Posted: November 9, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

After a 19 point victory on Tuesday, Governor-Elect Newsom wasted no time getting his team together.  Announcing Ann O’Leary, a long-time policy advisor to Hillary Clinton to serve as his chief of staff.  He also named Ana Matasantos, who served as Budget Director for both Governor Brown and Governor Schwarzenegger, as his Cabinet Secretary.

We congratulate Governor-Elect Newsom and look forward to working with him!

CALIFORNIA GOP LOSES MORE GROUND

Posted: November 9, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

It was no surprise that Mr. Newsom won the Governorship as all the polls indicated his success, however the fact that he won by almost  20 points was surprising, and that wide margin has proven to produce some surprises in legislative races too.

Normally in the off-year elections Republicans expect to do better than during Presidential elections, however Tuesday saw the GOP lose control of the House of Representatives and apparently cede a 2/3s vote majority in both houses of the Legislature.  Some races are still too close to call but it appears the trends are heading towards almost solid control across the board.

In terms of statewide offices the only post where a non-Democrat appears to have had some success is with the non-partisan Superintendent of Public Instruction Office, where Marshall Tuck holds about a 70K vote lead.

ELENI KOUNALAKIS WINS LT. GOVERNOR

Posted: November 9, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In some very positive news for our industry was a bright spot in the election is that our only endorsed statewide candidate Eleni Kounalakis was successful in her bid for Lt. Governor with almost an 11 point win.  Eleni spoke with our Board over a year ago and received a rare endorsement.  Her past experience as a commercial real estate professional and knowledge of our industry was key in our endorsement.

We congratulate Lt. Governor Elect Kounalakis and look forward to working with her!

DEMOCRATS ON TRACK FOR SUPERMAJORITY IN BOTH STATE HOUSES

Posted: November 9, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Even as the votes continue to be counted in some close races, it appears that both houses of the state Legislature will see a 2/3 vote Democrat majority, while setting the highest mark for one party in the Assembly in over 40 years.

In the Senate going in to the elections, Democrats controlled 26 of the 40 seats and needed one more to get to the supermajority of 27.

All Democrat incumbents appear to have successfully defended their seats and it appears they may flip the one needed seat, Senate District 14, in the Fresno/Bakersfield area as Sanger Councilwoman Melissa Hurtado is leading GOP incumbent Andy Vidak by 52 to 48 percent.

In the Assembly, Democrats are seeking to build on the supermajority they already hold.  Although several races are too close to call, if there are realistic scenarios in which they see a plus-three pickup and could start the new legislative session with a 57 vote supermajority.  54 is the vote threshold needed to pass new taxes.

We are paying close attention and will report as we have more news.

 

PROPOSITION 10 DEFEATED SOUNDLY – ON TO SPLIT ROLL BATTLE

Posted: November 9, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In a very bright spot for this election, our industry was part of the successful effort to defeat Proposition 10, the rent control measure.  In total over $48M was raised to defeat this measure and almost half of that came from our efforts as leaders of the Prop 10 Flaws effort.

Defeating rent control, you can see what happens when we are able to access capital to properly fund a campaign – this populist measure couldn’t even get to 39% support.

Rex Hime played a key role in organizing our industry’s distinct efforts in this fight, that paralleled the more broad-based No On 10 campaign, but emphasized some issues of specific importance to our members/industry.

We should take a moment to enjoy this victory. But our next task – defeating Split Roll Property Tax, on the ballot in Nov. 2020 – is already upon us. As there is no rest for the weary, we already have a meeting set up with other allied leaders dedicated to defeating split roll, next week.

Defeating this rent control measure by such a large margin shows that we can be successful at the statewide level when we are focused and funded.  However, it is not a given.  November 2020 is a Presidential Election Year and turnout amongst the Democrat base will be much higher.

Click here for a final result rundown of all the November 2018 propositions.

 

VOTE TUESDAY (OR BEFORE)!

Posted: November 2, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

On Tuesday millions of Californians will go to the polls to vote for new representation and weigh-in on important policy questions up and down the ballot.

Our association makes recommendations on those issues that have a statewide direct and/or disproportionate impact on the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry.

For recommendations on local candidates and issues please connect with your local staff.

Please vote!

SUPPORT PROP 3 – WATER BOND

Posted: November 2, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 3 authorizes $8.9 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects related to water projects.

Please vote YES on Proposition 3.

SUPPORT PROP 5 – PROPERTY TAX TRANSFERS

Posted: November 2, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 5 would allow homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments from their prior home to their new home.

Please vote YES on Proposition 5.

OPPOSE PROP 10 – RENT CONTROL

Posted: November 2, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10 repeals Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and would allow rent control across the state.  We believe the measure has too many flaws and must be defeated. Prop. 10 allows regulation of single-family homes, places bureaucrats in charge of housing, could cost the taxpayers millions in new costs to local government, and drives up the cost of new housing.

Please vote NO on Proposition 10.

CALCHAMBER PROPOSITION POSITIONS

Posted: November 2, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Our friends at the CalChamber have taken a few more position on some of the proposition and we think you may find their list helpful.  Where we overlap we are in 100% agreement with the CalChamber!

2018 CalChamber Proposition Positions

RENT CONTROL MEASURE MUST BE DEFEATED! NO ON PROP 10 AD

Posted: November 2, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10 would be such a disaster for our industry we want to provide you more information and hopefully help you communicate with peers, colleagues, tenants, next door neighbors, your barista, and your barber, about why they should VOTE NO on PROP 10.

Prop 10 has too many flaws and must be defeated.

Here is a new ad on this bad measure that we hope you will share widely with your networks:

What Would Prop 10 Mean for California?

Prop. 10:

  • Allows Regulation of Single-Family Homes
  • Places Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees
  • Puts Taxpayers at Risk for Millions in Legal Costs
  • Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments
  • Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing

Vote NO on Prop. 10.  Click here for more information.

SPLIT ROLL MEASURE OFFICIALLY QUALIFIES FOR 2020 BALLOT

Posted: October 19, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that the initiative to dismantle Proposition 13 by creating a split roll is qualified and eligible for the November 2020 ballot.

Under the proposal, all non-residential properties will be reassessed to 2020 values and be reassessed every three years thereafter.  Commercial property will lose certainty about future tax liabilities and one can only imagine the impact and cost to long time property owners that will see massive adjustments.

The proponents of this effort have stated it’s a $11 billion tax impact to your properties.

Aside from the direct impact on properties, the Legislative Analyst’s office has warned that the proposal will introduce far more volatility into the state’s funding stream.  Property taxes have been a reliably predictable since prop 13 passed allowing better budgeting.

We will continue to work closely with allied business and taxpayer groups on the statewide strategy to defeat this measure.  Our industry has been preparing for this moment for some time.  The campaign will be very costly, but the costs of this tax are much greater! THE TARGET IS YOU and you need to defend yourself.

Click here to learn more.

CSHPT LEADERS RESPOND TO SPLIT ROLL SACRAMENTO

Posted: October 19, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Members of the Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes coalition issued the following statements today in response to the $11 billion split roll property tax increase measure qualifying for the November 2020 ballot:

“Californians are some of the most heavily tax-burdened in the country. Now, special interests want to raise taxes by another $11 billion through this measure, despite record-high revenue, record-high per-pupil spending and $17 billion in budget reserves. A split roll property tax increase isn’t needed and will just make it more difficult to do business in California.”

Rex Hime, President, California Business Properties Association

“We have already established a strong and broad-based coalition to fight this assault on the most important taxpayer protection Californians have. A split roll property tax is an $11 billion tax increase that will increase costs for everyone at a time when the high cost of living is already driving companies and residents out of the state.”

Jon Coupal, President, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

“Make no mistake, this is the first step toward a full repeal of Proposition 13, the most important taxpayer protection that has kept housing affordable, especially at a time when the growing list of taxes and fees being paid by hardworking Californians have led to the affordability crisis we’re facing today”

Rob Lapsley, President, California Business Roundtable

“Not only can Californians not afford an $11 billion tax increase, but the measure includes no taxpayer protections, cost controls or accountability and transparency. We will have no idea how this new tax revenue will be spent or have any guarantee it will go where the special interests claim it will. This measure will increase costs on all Californians without any guarantees the money will be used responsibly.”

Teresa Casazza, President, California Taxpayers Association

“This initiative will have a devastating impact on small businesses, which are already struggling to keep their doors open. Small businesses simply can’t afford an $11 billion tax increase, and neither can working Californians.”

John Kabateck, State Director, National Federation of Independent Business in California

 Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes is a broad-based coalition of taxpayer advocates, small business advocates and a growing list of regional and local organizations all opposed to this $11 billion tax increase that will affect all Californians. Click here to learn more.

TWO WEEKS TO GO!

Posted: October 19, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In just over two weeks Californian’s will go to the polls to vote for new representation and weigh in on important policy questions up and down the ballot.  Vote by Mail packets are already in the mail.

Our association makes recommendations on those issues that have a statewide direct and/or disproportionate impact on the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry.

For recommendations on local candidates and issues please connect with your local staff.

SUPPORT PROP 3 – WATER BOND

Posted: October 19, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 3 authorizes $8.9 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects related to water projects.

Please vote YES on Proposition 3.

SUPPORT PROP 5 – PROPERTY TAX TRANSFERS

Posted: October 19, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 5 would allow homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments from their prior home to their new home.

Please vote YES on Proposition 5.

OPPOSE PROP 10 – RENT CONTROL

Posted: October 19, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10 repeals Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and would allow rent control across the state.  We believe the measure has too many flaws and must be defeated. Prop. 10 allows regulation of single-family homes, places bureaucrats in charge of housing, could cost the taxpayers millions in new costs to local government, and drives up the cost of new housing.

Please vote NO on Proposition 10.

RENT CONTROL MEASURE MUST BE DEFEATED! NO ON PROP 10 AD

Posted: October 19, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10 would be such a disaster for our industry we want to provide you more information and hopefully help you communicate with peers, colleagues, tenants, next door neighbors, your barista, and your barber, about why they should VOTE NO on PROP 10.

Prop 10 has too many flaws and must be defeated.

Here is a new ad on this bad measure that we hope you will share widely with your networks:

What Would Prop 10 Mean for California?

Prop. 10:

  • Allows Regulation of Single-Family Homes
  • Places Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees
  • Puts Taxpayers at Risk for Millions in Legal Costs
  • Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments
  • Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing

Vote NO on Prop. 10.  Click here for more information.

THREE WEEKS TO GO!

Posted: October 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In just over three weeks Californian’s will go to the polls to vote for new representation and weigh in on important policy questions up and down the ballot.  Vote by Mail packets are already in the mail.

Our association makes recommendations on those issues that have a statewide direct and/or disproportionate impact on the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry.

For recommendations on local candidates and issues please connect with your local staff.

 

SUPPORT PROP 3 – WATER BOND

Posted: October 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 3 authorizes $8.9 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects related to water projects.

Please vote YES on Proposition 3.

SUPPORT PROP 5 – PROPERTY TAX TRANSFERS

Posted: October 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 5 would allow homebuyers who are age 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their tax assessments from their prior home to their new home.

Please vote YES on Proposition 5.

OPPOSE PROP 10 – RENT CONTROL

Posted: October 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10 repeals Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and would allow rent control across the state.  We believe the measure has too many flaws and must be defeated. Prop. 10 allows regulation of single-family homes, places bureaucrats in charge of housing, could cost the taxpayers millions in new costs to local government, and drives up the cost of new housing.

Please vote NO on Proposition 10.

RENT CONTROL MEASURE MUST BE DEFEATED! NO ON PROP 10 AD

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10, on November’s ballot has too many flaws and must be defeated.  Here is a new ad on this bad measure that we hope you will share widely with your networks:

What Would Prop 10 Mean for California?

Prop. 10:

  • Allows Regulation of Single-Family Homes
  • Places Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees
  • Puts Taxpayers at Risk for Millions in Legal Costs
  • Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments
  • Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing

Vote NO on Prop. 10.  Click here for more information.

GOVERNOR’S LAST SIGN/VETO DEADLINE – HUZZAH FOR GOVERNOR BROWN

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Governor Jerry Brown’s last Sign/Veto Deadline was this past Sunday at Midnight.  In his final Legislative year, the Legislature put 1,217 bills on his desk.  He signed 1,016 of them.  He vetoed 16.5% or 201 bills.

We don’t want to get sentimental, but working with Governor Brown is, was, and always will be an honor.  A few years ago, he was described as “the adult in the room,” when it came to legislative negotiations, and we think that is still an apt description.  We like a lot of things he has done, and we have disagreed on some.  But he is a true Californian.

LIST OF HIGH PRIORITY BILLS SIGNED/VETOED IN FINAL WEEKS OF SESSION

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Thousands of bills were acted on in the final three weeks of Session.  Here is a list of some of the most significant listed by those that were vetoed and those that were signed into law.

With a note of caution, just because a bill was vetoed doesn’t mean we can stop worrying about it – most, if not all, of these bills will come back in the next few years.

Bills signed into law are important to know since come January 1, these will be the new laws our industry will have to comply with.

Click here to review the bills.

GOVERNOR SIGNS PREFERRED LACTATION BILL

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Two bills were sent to the Governor dealing with expanding requirement for workplace lactation requirements.

Our industry worked very hard with the author of AB 1976 (Limón-D; Santa Barbara) which is based on current federal/state law to make sure our industry could comply with the measure that now requires employers’ to provide a room or location for lactation, other than a bathroom.

The author worked with our industry and took significant language to deal with situations where there is no alternative. An example of a workplace that might need such an exemption would be a multi-tenant industrial building where workspaces have no offices. Such space is typically occupied by the following type of businesses: Small manufacturers; distributors; auto repair; landscape service companies; plumbers; HVAC repair companies, etc.

Basically, the bill is trying to make it so new mothers don’t have to lactate at work in a bathroom, but also be sensitive to smaller or unconventional workspaces, and we asked the Governor to sign it, which he did.

Unfortunately, at the same time we had to oppose SB 937 (Wiener; D-San Francisco) as we do not believe it is the best route to go because it would trigger millions of dollars unnecessary construction expenses. This bill would have substantively change existing lactation accommodation requirements.  Click here to read the Governor’s veto message.

SEISMIC SAFETY PROPOSALS VETOED BY GOVERNOR BROWN

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Two seismic safety proposals have been pending at the Capitol this year.  AB 1857 (Nazarian) sought to increase the stringency of the “strength and stiffness” requirements for “engineered buildings” by 50% until such time the Building Standards Commission adopts similar requirements in the code.  Industry had several serious concerns with this proposal as it would place an arbitrary and very costly building code requirement in statute.  Also, it was unclear where the 50% increase value came from and what technical documentation was used to arrive at that specific figure.  Lastly, this proposal provides only a vague definition of what is meant by “engineered building” which makes it very difficult to gauge the scope of application.

 At the request of industry, the bill was completely rewritten to direct the BSC to establish a working group to determine if the concept of “functional recovery” should replace the long-standing national and state goal of having buildings provide “emergency egress” during a serious seismic event.  If (emphasis) the group of industry experts comes to this conclusion, they would then determine what the new building standards should be, if they are cost-effective and to what extent, if any, these new standards should apply to the worst seismic regions in the state.  However, citing that this process would duplicate the more thorough and comprehensive process at the national level, Governor Brown vetoed this legislation.

 AB 2681 (Nazarian) was referred to as the Seismic Resilience Initiative (SRI) and would have required building owners to work with local building departments to identify “vulnerable buildings”.  While well-intended, the initial bill did not identify a funding source that could be accessed by local governments, creating the potential for an unfunded state mandate costing over $100 million dollars.  The initial proposal also called for statewide application which would involve a local review of over ten million structures in a short period of time.  Even though the author had amended the bill to drastically cut the area of application and require the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to identify sources of funding to cover the local jurisdiction costs, cost concerns prompted Governor Brown to veto this legislation.

RETAIL THEFT BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

A bill supported by industry was signed by Governor Brown to create the crime of “Organized Retail Theft.”  AB 1065 (Jones-Sawyer; D-Los Angeles) expands jurisdiction to prosecute cases of theft or receipt of stolen merchandise and requires California Highway Patrol (CHP) to convene a regional property task force.  The bill also authorizes a grant program to create demonstration projects to reduce recidivism to high-risk misdemeanor probationers.  We support this bill and hope it will reduce the huge problem of retail theft in California by redirecting law enforcement resources toward eradicating sophisticated theft rings.

INSTITUTIONAL HOUSING INVESTOR BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Governor Brown has vetoed AB 354 (Calderon; D-Whittier) which would have required institutional investors that own more than 100 homes to register with the Department of Business Oversight.  Our industry had opposed this measure in an earlier version but went neutral when amendments we requested were incorporated into the bill. A veto message can be found here.

WARNING: PROP 65 WARNINGS NEED TO BE UPDATED!

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Last year new Proposition 65 warning were signed into law by the Governor.   The new requirements came into effect August 2018.   Entities doing business in California are now required to provide additional “Prop 65” warning. This means you are probably going to need to consult with an expert and provide new warnings in certain areas of your buildings.

The commercial real estate industry has put together a webinar and information to make sure you are on the right path to compliance.

In the meantime, click here to read a good article to put the new law into context.

Here are a number of additional resources regarding Prop 65.  If you are unclear on any of this information and do not have internal resources to help you, we highly recommend that you consult with

State of California Prop 65 resource page:

A video regarding sign compliance:

Compliance webinar:

RENT CONTROL MEASURE MUST BE DEFEATED! NO ON PROP 10 AD

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10, on November’s ballot has too many flaws and must be defeated.  Here is a new ad on this bad measure that we hope you will share widely with your networks:

What Would Prop 10 Mean for California?

Prop. 10:

  • Allows Regulation of Single-Family Homes
  • Places Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees
  • Puts Taxpayers at Risk for Millions in Legal Costs
  • Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments
  • Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing

Vote NO on Prop. 10.  Click here for more information.

 

SIGN/VETO DEADLINE

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Sunday at Midnight is the deadline for Governor Brown to sign or veto all the measures still left on his desk.  We are still waiting to learn the fate of a dozen or so bills including measures requiring increased lactation accommodations, and a pair of bills on seismic issues.  Below are some major bills we have been following that he has acted on in the past week.

 

GOVERNOR SIGNS PERMIT EXTENSION BILL

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In a move strongly supported by our industry, Governor Brown has signed AB 2913 (Wood; D-Santa Rosa), a measure which extends the expiration date of building permits from 6 months to 12 months.  Also, the bill amends the statute to make it clear that all local jurisdictions have the authority to grant one or more 6-month extensions for just cause.

For the past 30+ years, the existing statute has stipulated that a builder must comply with the building codes that are in effect on the date the initial permit application is submitted to the local building department and that this initial permit was good for six months.  However, the ability to grant extensions was in the administrative code, and numerous local jurisdictions chose not to adopt this authority.

Making matters worse, California (and the rest of the nation) has been struggling with a severe labor shortage over the past decade with no end in sight.  This problem has been further exacerbated by the wildfires over the past two years making the need to suspend or delay projects for short periods of time a shared reality within the industry.

AB 2913 seeks to address these issues by doubling the amount of time the initial permit is valid and by placing into statute the authority for locals to grant one or more extensions for just cause.

We applaud the Governor for signing this measure!

 

 

RETAIL THEFT BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

A bill supported by industry was signed by Governor Brown to create the crime of “Organized Retail Theft.”  AB 1065 (Jones-Sawyer; D-Los Angeles) expands jurisdiction to prosecute cases of theft or receipt of stolen merchandise and requires California Highway Patrol (CHP) to convene a regional property task force.  The bill also authorizes a grant program to create demonstration projects to reduce recidivism to high-risk misdemeanor probationers.  We support this bill and hope it will reduce the huge problem of retail theft in California by redirecting law enforcement resources toward eradicating sophisticated theft rings.

INSTITUTIONAL HOUSING INVESTOR BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Governor Brown has vetoed AB 354 (Calderon; D-Whittier) which would have required institutional investors that own more than 100 homes to register with the Department of Business Oversight.  Our industry had opposed this measure in an earlier version but went neutral when amendments we requested were incorporated into the bill. A veto message can be found here.

DISTRIBUTED ENERGY BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

SB 700 (Wiener; D-San Francisco) – Self-generation incentive program, was signed by the Governor.  This industry supported bill will assure support for behind-the-meter storage systems by extending the California Public Utilities Commission’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for five years by authorizing revenue collection through the end of 2024 and program administration through January 1, 2026 and making targeted changes to ensure that SGIP recipients use their technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy storage is a critical tool in addressing the surplus of renewable energy during midday periods of low demand (the ‘duck curve’) while saving ratepayers money on transmission and distribution investments, and behind-the-meter systems can ensure that owners of home solar systems in particular can reap the full benefits of their investment.  Small-scale, localized energy storage systems also provide valuable resiliency in cases of wildfire or other natural disasters, when traditional power lines may be severed or unusable.

SGIP had been set to expire at the beginning of 2021. The five-year SGIP extension envisioned in SB 700 could lead to as many as 2,000 MW of storage across California.

A signing message by the Governor for SB 700 can be found here.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO REDUCE SOME HOUSING RED TAPE

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

The Governor has signed a bill supported by industry, AB 1804 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) which will expand the existing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) infill categorical exemption to residential and mixed-use housing occurring within an unincorporated area of a county.

Expanding this categorical exemption, will incentivize and streamline the development of affordable housing units in unincorporated areas surrounded by urban uses. Although the bill expands the geographic scope of the exemption, AB 1804 limits projects that may qualify to multi-family projects of at least six units at a density at least equivalent to the surrounding area, and no less than six units per acre.

AB 1804 balances the vital need for new housing while still ensuring that any potential project subject to the exemption does not have a significant effect on the environment, including when cumulative impacts of successive projects of the same type in the same place may result in significant effect or when there is a reasonable possibility that the project will have a significant effect due to unusual circumstances. Until significant changes are made to the underlying CEQA process, we support efforts to streamline the CEQA review process for the types of projects identified in this bill.

Adequate and affordable housing is fundamental for the well-being of communities, businesses and the economy of the state as a whole. While California continues to reel from one the most severe housing crisis the state has ever experienced, it is imperative on the Legislature to do everything within its power to help expedite the construction of new residential and mixed-use housing.

WARNING: PROP 65 WARNINGS NEED TO BE UPDATED!

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Last year new Proposition 65 warning were signed into law by the Governor.   The new requirements came into effect August 2018.   Entities doing business in California are now required to provide additional “Prop 65” warning. This means you are probably going to need to consult with an expert and provide new warnings in certain areas of your buildings.

The commercial real estate industry has put together a webinar and information to make sure you are on the right path to compliance.

In the meantime, here is a good article to put the new law into context. You Have Been Warned: Changes Coming to Proposition 65 Requirements.

Here are a number of additional resources regarding Prop 65.  If you are unclear on any of this information and do not have internal resources to help you, we highly recommend that you consult with State of California Prop 65 resource page:  https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/

A video regarding sign compliance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUKru1QQGLc

Compliance webinar:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuH7Rf9EID0&t=27s

CBPA IS NOW ON BOTH FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

With how quickly politics in California moves, sometimes there are a few updates critical to the industry that we will want to release immediately. This is where you can use our Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on propositions like Prop 10 coming up in November, and Split Roll Tax in 2020.

If you happen to exist on either of these social media platforms, this is just another way for you to be more in the know when it comes to legislation, propositions, campaigns & elections, as well as CBPA’s events!

Below is our social media information:

Twitter: @CBPAtweets

Facebook: California Business Properties Association

RENT CONTROL MEASURE MUST BE DEFEATED! NO ON PROP 10 AD

Posted: September 14, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Proposition 10, on November’s ballot has too many flaws and must be defeated.  Here is a new ad on this bad measure that we hope you will share widely with your networks:

What Would Prop 10 Mean for California?

Prop. 10:

  • Allows Regulation of Single Family Homes
  • Places Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees
  • Puts Taxpayers at Risk for Millions in Legal Costs
  • Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments
  • Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing

Vote NO on Prop. 10.  Click here for more information.

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