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FINAL WEEK OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The final week of the 2019 Legislative year is upon us.  The Legislature is feverishly working its way through hundreds of bills that will impact our state and your business before they adjourn sometime around Midnight next Friday. There are still many significant pieces of legislation that will impact our industry that we are following closely, including bills to drastically change independent contracting, add strike benefits to public employee unions, address housing, and much much more.  Read More →

LACTATION ROOM MANDATE ON ASSEMBLY FLOOR

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
SB 142 (Weiner; D-San Francisco) the bill seeking to require lactation rooms in all buildings, will be voted on next week.  We have opposed the bill all year as redundant in light of the fact that AB 1976 (Limon; D-Santa Barbara) was just signed last year and was substantially similar; and we have specifically objected to the fact that this bill sought to mandate significant building code requirements, would increase the potential for PAGA lawsuits, and had no ability for workplaces that cannot ...

RENT CAP / “JUST CAUSE” BILL PASSES SUSPENSE

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A bill that seeks to bring residential rent caps to California, AB 1482 (Chiu; D-San Francisco), will be heard next week.  A “grand deal” between the Governor and supporters of the bill has come together. This bill has been a top priority for us to defeat. However, the deal points with the Governor has pushed many of our allied opposing groups accept the compromise language.  The new bill is in print today and we are working to analyze its impact on our industry. For the time being we remain ...

DYNAMEX/GIG ECONOMY BILL UP NEXT WEEK

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Since 1989, California courts and regulators applied a set of rules called the Borello test for deciding whether a worker was an independent contractor. This approach weighed nine different factors to account for the variety of California industries and professions that would be regulated. Despite this test being used for over three decades, the California Supreme Court made a surprising and unprecedented departure in April 2018 by replacing these nine factors with a one-size-fits-all approach consisting ...

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2019

Posted: September 6, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Below is a summary of bills that we are focused on that impact the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate sectors, during the final two weeks of the 2019 Session. Bills on the Senate Floor: AB 5 (Gonzalez D) Worker status: employees and independent contractors. Summary: Addresses the Dynamex Court case on independent contractors.  Amendments exempting commercial real estate brokers and brokerage firms are in the bill.  Negotiating final amendments regarding business-to-business transactions ...

SPLIT ROLL; POLITICS OVER POLICY

Posted: April 18, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
CBPA’s own Rex Hime penned the following article that was run in several statewide publications this week.  This article refutes some the basic arguments posed by those pursuing the split roll property tax initiative that is on the November 2020 ballot.  Please feel free to reprint this commentary in your own publications: Politics won over good policy, and now Californians face even more taxes. Californians complain their state is unaffordable. The cost of living is at a record high, housing ...

SPRING RECESS IN THE LEGISLATURE

Posted: April 18, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
All the Senators and Assemblymembers have gone home for the week to spend Spring Recess in their district.  The Halls of the Capitol are very quiet this week but will spring back to life next week.  Read More →

AB 142 – LACTATION ROOMS; CONCERNS IN PLAIN ENGLISH:

Posted: April 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Once again, we are dealing with a bill in the legislature that mandates expanded access to Lactation Rooms in commercial buildings.  The bill, AB 142 by Senator Weiner from San Francisco, is very similar to a bill he carried last year that was vetoed by Governor Brown. As an industry our main concerns with the bill is that it brings building owners and managers into the middle of an employer-employee relationship in which we do not belong. In terms of building code issues, the bill is very owner-occupied-centric.  ...

LANDLORD/TENANT AND RENT CONTROL BILLS

Posted: April 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As you know from past eWeeklys there are over 200 bills trying to address the “housing” crisis.  We think the best way to address the shortage of housing in California is to build more housing by reforming laws that make homebuilding so difficult and expensive. However, many legislators have some other unique and interesting ideas, many of which would roll back some of your rights as a property owner.  Here are some of the worst of the worst.  Ranging from bills that would implement rent control ...

BILL TARGETING WAREHOUSE CONSTRUCTION OPPOSED

Posted: April 12, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
This week we testified against AB 485 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) which is a re-introduction of a bill from last year that our industry opposed and was vetoed by Governor Brown.  The bill comes up with a complicated set of reporting requirements that certain industrial projects must provide before a city can offer economic incentives over a certain amount. Our industry strongly opposes the bill again this year as it unreasonably targets one building type, warehouses, when working ...
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