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EDITORIAL: THIS IS THE YEAR FOR CEQA REFORM

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Sun – published in San Bernardino and The Inland Empire – has published an editorial calling for reform of the California Environmental Quality Act, better known as CEQA.  We agree.  Here’s a bit from the editorial: “There is a renewed effort early in the 2013 session and it is welcome. Gov. Jerry Brown discussed CEQA reform in his State of the State address last month. He noted, as many have, that it’s hard to think of a CEQA exemption in recent years – including ...

ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS COMPLIANCE MANUALS

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The 2013 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Compliance Manuals are posted online and the Energy Commission is seeking comment.  We are asking member companies that have the capacity to review the manuals to do so and submit any comments to CBPA for compilation and submission on behalf of the industry.  For inclusion into this letter, comments are due by Close of Business, February 18, 2013.  Click here for the full listing of Compliance Manuals.    Read More →

SPLIT ROLL PARCEL TAX BILL – AB 59

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
When school districts put parcel taxes before voters those taxes should comply with state law requiring equal treatment of business and residential properties.  Some school districts in Alameda, Davis, San Leandro, West Contra Costa, and Los Angeles have been violating that principle by proposing and passing parcel taxes that tax parcels at different rates.  In December, a three-judge panel in a case involving the Alameda Unified School District unanimously confirmed that this is a violation of ...

BOMA CAL BOARD SETS DIRECTION FOR 2013

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Graciously hosted by LBA Realty at their newly reimagined Park Place campus, the BOMA California board reviewed successes in 2013 – including significant reform of California’s ADA Laws – and discussed policy issues related to water, energy, taxes, and repealing changes to Proposition 13. The board received a briefing on the political climate in Sacramento and reviewed the Governor’s Budget Proposal as well as legislation that has been introduced so far. The Board also set the direction for ...

BOMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In Orange County on Thursday, the BOMA California Board of Directors held its first meeting of 2013, welcoming a new President and a whole new slate of officers. Leadership of the organization for 2013 includes: President: Brian Harnetiaux, Transwestern (BOMA Orange County) Vice President: Deanna Drake-Copelan, CB Richard Ellis (BOMA Oakland/East Bay) Treasurer: Desiree Lavin Glover, Tiarna Real Estate Services (BOMA Inland Empire) Secretary: Dave Mastro, Cassidy Turley, (BOMA Sacramento) Immediate ...

GOVERNOR FILLS VACANCY ON STANDARDS COMMISSION

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Cheryl Roberts to the California Building Standards Commission. She fills the “local fire official” seat on the commission which became vacant after the retirement of Rose Conroy. Roberts has served in various positions at the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District since 1992, including battalion chief, fire captain, fire academy coordinator and paramedic. Roberts is a Republican.  Read More →

CEQA REFORM

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In reaction to the Governor’s speech where he mentioned reform of the California Environmental Quality Act: “We also need to rethink and streamline our regulatory procedures, particularly the California Environmental Quality Act. Our approach needs to be based more on consistent standards that provide greater certainty and cut needless delays.” Governor Jerry Brown, State of the State, 1/24/13 The CEQA Working Group released the following reaction: “We thank the Governor for his statements ...

GOVERNOR’S AGENDA – CLIMATE CHANGE

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is what Governor Brown Had to say about Climate Change: When we think about California’s future, no long term liability presents as great a danger to our wellbeing as the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. According to the latest report from the World Bank, carbon dioxide emissions are the highest in 15 million years. At today’s emissions rate, the planet could warm by more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, an event unknown in human ...

GOVERNOR’S AGENDA – WATER

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is what Governor Brown Had to say about water: Central to the life of our state is water and one sixth of that water flows through the San Joaquin Delta. Silicon Valley, the Livermore Valley, farmers on the East side of the San Joaquin Valley between Fresno and Kern County and farmers on the West side between Tracy and Los Banos, urban Southern California and Northern Contra Costa, all are critically dependent on the Delta for Water. If because of an earthquake, a hundred year storm or sea level ...

GOVERNOR’S AGENDA – JOBS – CEQA

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is what Governor Brown Had to say about jobs: California lost 1.3 million jobs in the great Recession but we are coming back at a faster pace than the national average. The new Office of Business and Economic Development — GoBiz —directly assisted more than 5,000 companies this past year. One of those companies was Samsung Semiconductor Inc. headquartered in Korea. Working with the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County, GoBiz persuaded Samsung to locate their only research and development ...
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