GOVERNOR NEWSOM – CALIFORNIA’S 4OTH CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Posted: January 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Gavin Christopher Newsom, 51, was sworn in Monday as the 40th Governor of the State of California.  Many at the celebration heralded this even as the “start of a new era of Progressive activism.”  Governor Newsom won with a vote margin larger than any seen in the Modern Era.

Governor Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and their four children stood by his side as he rested his hand on a bible and took the Oath of Office from California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye.

Governor Newsom’s remarks the first week of taking the reins from Governor Jerry Brown focused on promises to restore California’s “luster,” and to fight the “corruption and incompetence,” of the current President of the United States

We welcome Governor Newsom and look forward to a continued good working relationship.  Please take the time to read his inaugural address as it will help set the blueprint for the next four to eight years of our state.

2016 First Inaugural Address, Governor Gavin Newsom

Congratulations Governor Newsom!

GOVERNOR NEWSOM RELEASES FIRST BUDGET

Posted: January 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In a busy week, just days after being sworn in, Governor Newsom released his first proposed spending blue print, the 2019-20 state budget proposal.  The budget proposes a record-setting $209 billion in spending.

There will be many opportunities to argue about the state’s spending priorities but for now we want to thank the Governor for including with the $13.6 billion in funds to pay down state debt, keep up with pension obligations, and provide some much-needed one-time infrastructure expenditures, investing funds in stopping organized retail crime, and focus attention on expanding the state’s enhanced infrastructure financing districts and implementation of opportunity zones.

“During my inaugural speech, I described the California Dream as a house we are building together,” said Governor Newsom. “That wasn’t just a speech device – it’s exactly what we are proposing today. To make the California Dream available to all, our state must be fiscally sound. This Budget lays a strong financial foundation for our state by eliminating debts, expanding the rainy-day fund and paying down our unfunded liabilities,” said the Governor in a press release.

Click here to read a detailed summary of the massive spending plan.

NEWSOM’S HOUSING BUDGET EXPLAINED

Posted: January 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

During his Inauguration speech, Governor Newsom called for a “Marshal Plan” for affordable housing, stating “No one should live in constant fear of eviction or spend their whole paycheck to keep a roof overhead.”

The Governor is making it plain that he is going to put affordable housing issues front and center as a high priority and that he won’t be playing “small ball.”  From major funding increases for affordable housing, to his threat to take away any city’s transportation dollars if it doesn’t meet its housing quota, Newsom’s plans match the audacious ambitions he outlined in the campaign, according Matt Levin writing for CalMatters.

Click here to go in depth about the spending and policies proposed by Governor Newsom to address the housing shortage.

NEW YEAR NEW LABOR LAWS TO KNOW

Posted: January 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

As a proud member and partner of the California Chamber of Commerce we highly recommend you read their summary of the most important labor laws that are in effect as of January 1, 2019.

Click here to read the labor law summary and access the CalChamber’s white paper.

VEHICLE MILES TRAVEL COME TO CEQA DOCS NEAR YOU!

Posted: January 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Our friends at Allen Matkins have also put together a white paper to walk through some of the recent changes to CEQA.

A large coalition of groups including CBPA and CBIA have been working for several years to try to make these new regulations as palatable as possible but have received a lot of push back from the previous administration and environmental advocates.

If you deal with CEQA this is an extremely important issue that now requires lead agencies to adopt the Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) methodology for evaluating transportation projects by July 1, 2020.  Click here to read the Allen Matkins VMT/CEQA alert.

REAL ESTATE CHAMPION REX HIME RUNNING FOR STATE SENATE

Posted: January 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Rex S. Hime, President and CEO of California Business Properties Association has been the primary force in California advocating for Commercial Real Estate in the State Capitol for almost 35 years, is answering the call of public service and will be running in a special election to fill the Senate seat that he lives in.

The Seat will be vacated due to current Senator Ted Gaines winning a seat on the Board of Equalization.  We expect the special election to take place in March of this year — just a few short months away.

Rex has long talked about the importance of people from within the commercial real estate industry stepping-up and getting involved in elective politics.  He is putting those words into action.

Former-Governor Pete Wilson, and the Founder and President of the National Tax Limitation Committee Lew Uhler, are serving as Rex’s Campaign Chairs. Rex has also quickly garnered many endorsements including two former Senators who previously held the seat, Senator Tim Leslie (ret.) and current Congressmember John Doolittle.

Senate District 1 is a massive district stretching all the way from the Eastern part of Sacramento County, to Lake Tahoe, then all the way up to the Oregon border stretching to the middle of the State and back down.  The district is known as one of the most conservative areas of the state.

Click here for more information about Rex’s run for California Senate District.

GO REX GO!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted: January 7, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  We look forward to serving the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate association in 2019 and beyond.

Our industry has some very big challenges ahead including an extremely lopsided partisan divide in the Legislature, an incoming Governor with a huge mandate to steer the ship of state even further to the Left, and a split roll property tax initiative on the ballot next year.

We wish the political and policy road didn’t appear so bumpy, but we are prepared to do battle on your behalf and look forward to working with all of our members to smooth it out as much as possible.

REAL ESTATE CHAMPION REX HIME RUNNING FOR SENATE

Posted: January 7, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

Rex S. Hime, President and CEO of California Business Properties Association has been the primary force in California advocating for Commercial Real Estate in the State Capitol for almost 35 years, is answering the call of public service and will be running in a special election to fill the Senate seat that he lives in.

The Seat will be vacated due to current Senator Ted Gaines winning a seat on the Board of Equalization.  We expect the special election to take place in March of this year — just a few short months away.

Rex has long talked about the importance of people from within the commercial real estate industry stepping-up and getting involved in elective politics.  He is putting those words into action.

Former-Governor Pete Wilson, and the Founder and President of the National Tax Limitation Committee Lew Uhler, are serving as Rex’s Campaign Chairs. Rex has also quickly garnered many endorsements including two former Senators who previously held the seat, Senator Tim Leslie (ret.) and current Congressmember John Doolittle (ret.)

Senate District 1 is a massive district stretching all the way from the Eastern part of Sacramento County, to Lake Tahoe, then all the way up to the Oregon border stretching to the middle of the State and back down.  The district is known as one of the most conservative areas of the state.

For more information about Rex’s run for California Senate District 1 click here.

GO REX GO!

THE “BLUE WAVE” WAS ACTUALLY A “BLUE TSUNAMI” IN CALIFORNIA

Posted: January 7, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

It took almost two full months to assess exactly where the November Elections put the partisan divide in California and the news is that it was the largest win for Democrats at all levels of government ever in our state.  Every close race – and even a couple that were not close on Election night, moved into the win column for Dems.

At the Congressional level seven (7) seats switched from Republican to Democrat and played a large role in changing who holds the gavel in the U.S. House of Representatives back to Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco).  The California Delegation is now 44-7 in the house and both U.S. Senators remain Democrats

In the State Legislature the Democrats gained so much ground they not only reached the coveted “supermajority” status in both chambers, they have reached what some are referring to as “gigamajority” status.  Dems hold a 60-20 advantage in the 80 member Assembly; and a 29-11 majority in the 40 member Senate.

As for executive elected offices, Democrats now hold ever single statewide elective office.   And just as an example of how lopsided the numbers were in the election Governor-elect Gavin Newsom won his race by an incredible 21.6% margin.

Statewide the Democrats hold a 3.7 million voter advantage in registrations.

The Blue Wave that many had predicted turned out to be a Blue Tsunami.

PROPOSITION 10 DEFEATED SOUNDLY – ON TO SPLIT ROLL BATTLE

Posted: January 7, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In one 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.

COMMERCIAL TAX LAWSUIT IN SF HAS STATEWIDE IMPLICATIONS

Posted: January 7, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

In conjunction with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), CBPA, BOMA California, and the California Business Roundtable filed suit in August in the Superior Court in San Francisco challenging the city’s special tax on commercial property (Proposition C – passed in June 2018), which is an illegal and punitive gross receipts levy which will reduce commercial property values in the city by up to 12%.

Our lawsuit asserts that because the tax is expressly for a special purpose, it required a 2/3 vote of the city’s electorate under Propositions 13 and 218. But it did not pass by that margin. Rather, the tax proposal, designated as Measure C, received a scant 50.87% vote.

The basis for the lawsuit is that the California Constitution clearly holds that special taxes at the local level have required a two-thirds vote of the electorate as mandated by Propositions 13 and 218.

Click here for a newspaper story on the lawsuit.

40th GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA INAUGURATED ON MONDAY

Posted: January 7, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

After a weekend of parties and a high profile concert on Sunday featuring national level rappers and hip-hop starts and a family-friendly event taking over Old Sacramento on Sunday featuring kid DJ’s, Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as the 40th Governor of California on Monday at 11:15 a.m. and will give his first inaugural address at Noon. The event is free and will be available online.

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.

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