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ELEVATOR “CATEGORIES OF WORK” CIRCULAR LETTER WITHDRAWN

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We are pleased to report that the CA Division of Occupational Safety and Health has given notice that it has formally withdrawn Circular Letter 11-01 in its entirety, effective immediately.   According to the Division, the Circular Letter was initially published because they had received inquiries regarding whether certain work on conveyances was covered by state law.  After receiving more information from the elevator industry they have decided that clarifications are more appropriately addressed ...

“POST” REDEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In order to help local agencies and businesses move forward in the absence of redevelopment, the California Redevelopment Association and the California Association for Local Economic Development are hosting a series of workshops, entitled “What is next for cities and counties that want continue their efforts to build better communities.” Event topics include:   * What Tools Successor Agencies Have Available Under Current Law * Property and Cash Management: How to Treat them * Local Economic ...

REDEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
For six decades California cities have used redevelopment agencies to address blight and fund residential projects. Last year, the Legislature and Governor passed laws to shutter the 400 agencies implementing the program.   In the wake of that policy decision several bills will be introduced in the Legislature to clarify issues and create new policy paths to help local governments do some of the activities that redevelopment agencies previously did.   Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed the ...

GOVERNOR BROWN “THINKING BIG” ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Today, several leaders from CBPA representing the commercial real estate industry are honored to participate in a meeting with the Governor’s office to think strategically about how to increase and expand opportunities for energy efficiency in new construction and existing building.  Entitled the “Big Think” forum and hosted by the Governor and the CPUC, the discussion is focusing on how to accelerate the scale for energy efficiency investment and how to capture benefits for energy, greenhouse ...

TWO REAL ESTATE LEADERS HONORED

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Two longtime leaders at the California Business Properties Association are being honored for the dedication and service to the industry and their achievements as individuals.   Fran Inman heads up government relations and community affairs for Majestic Reality Co, “one of the nation’s largest privately-held, family-owned real estate development companies. Their holdings include about 70 million square feet of commercial property. She is being hailed as a “Rock Star” for her work helping ...

JOB KILLER BILLS UPDATE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The CalChamber, on behalf of all of us in the business community leads on many issues in Sacramento. One way they do that is by compiling a list of the “worst of the worst” bills in order to galvanize opposition to these measures which will hurt the economy.  Under Governor Brown last year, 30 bills were tagged as job killers – the Legislature sent five to the Governor and he vetoed all but one.  This year, 32 bills were tagged as job killers – the Legislature sent six to the Governor, ...

PROPERTY OWNERS FACE A NEW SURTAX

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although we have reported about this surtax several times in the past, as it gets closer to impacted your companies, we want to make sure you are aware and prepared.  Passed in 2010 to help fund the health-care overhaul, this 3.8% surtax kicks in next year on many forms of investment income—including some interest, dividends, rents and capital gains.  Click here to read a Wall Street Journal article, and make sure you consult your tax attorneys.  Read More →

ADA REFORM SIGNED BY GOVERNOR!

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although we reported this last week, we have had so many calls and emails about this significant reform, that we thought we should send it out one more time.  If you own or manage commercial real estate, this has huge, positive ramifications for your business:   We are extremely pleased to announce that one of those bills that was signed this week by Governor Brown is our ADA reform measure, SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) which will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act ...

COST OF COMPLIANCE BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Brown has signed an industry sponsored measure, AB 1612 (Lara; D – South Gate), which requires government agencies to provide an estimated cost and benefit of compliance when proposing new residential building standards is sitting on the Governor’s desk.   Although the bill currently applies only to residential projects, we are very supportive of the measure, as it will force state regulators to start considering the impact of their decisions not just on the economy as a whole but ...

**ACTION** ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON ENERGY SAVINGS IN BUILDINGS (AB 758 Regs)

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On Monday and Tuesday, October 8 & 9, in Sacramento the California Energy Commission is holding a workshop to solicit input on the structure and direction of the future comprehensive energy efficiency programs for residential and nonresidential existing buildings.  Better known as the “Energy Efficiency Program for Existing Buildings,” or more simply the “AB 758 Regs,” this activity is being held pursuant to Assembly Bill 758 (Skinner, Chapter 470, Statutes 2009).   Industry input ...
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