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STATE COMMISSION REVIEWS PROPOSED REWRITE OF ACCESSIBILITY CODE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Building Standards Commission’s Advisory Committee has just concluded a 3-day marathon session wherein proposed changes to California’s Disabled Accessibility standards were reviewed.  This included the Division of the State Architect’s 350+ page rewrite of the accessibility provisions for all commercial and state-owned buildings.   As reported earlier this year, DSA has decided to use the federal Department of Justice accessibility provisions as the basis for California’s updated ...

SIGN/VETO DEADLINE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Legislature has gone home for the year and they sent a whole heap of bills over to the Governor — as of today 333 bills are still awaiting his signature or veto, down from 677 two weeks ago.  The Constitutional Deadline for bills to be dealt with is this Sunday, September 30.  Read More →

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCREENING TOOL

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is seeking comment on a draft report for public review entitled, “California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen).” Members of our industry have attended workshops and are providing feedback about concerns that this policy could unintentionally lead to “redlining” whole cities and further exacerbating economic and infrastructure problems.   Due to the outpouring of concern, the agency has extended ...

COST OF COMPLIANCE BILL HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
An industry sponsored measure AB 1612 (Lara; D – South Gate) that would require 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 on individual homeowners and ...

GOVERNOR SIGNS LANDLORD/TENANT BILLS

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Governor has signed two bills we supported that address issues relating to tenant improvements and foreclosures on residential properties: AB 1925 (Ma; D-San Francisco) establishes a “reasonable rate” which a landlord must pay a tenant to temporarily relocate in order to make repairs or capital improvements to the unit. Although the bill is limited to the City and County of San Francisco, it establishes a reasonable daily rate of $275 for tenants who must temporarily vacate their ...

GOVERNOR SIGNS LUMBER TAX

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A controversial bill creating a new tax on wood products was signed into law this week.  AB 1492 (Budget Committee) imposes a 1 percent tax on lumber products starting in January 2013.  However, the bill also restricts liability that some landowners pay for causing wildfires and allows harvest plans to remain effective for longer periods.   “California’s laws have saddled our timber industry with costly burdens while giving out-of-state competitors a free ride–but that stops ...

CEQA REFORM EFFORTS GET BOOST

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A few weeks ago we had to report the sad news that our sponsored bill to reform CEQA was quashed by legislative leadership just a few short hours after being unveiled.  The press conference to announce the bill was stopped, but was followed with promises to “re-visit” the issue soon.  Typically, this type of language is dismissed because it is usually a way to shelve an idea while placating the proponents.   However, we are happy and cautiously optimistic to report that Senate President ...

SIGNIFICANT ADA REFORM ON GOV’S DESK

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although we reported about this last week, we are including this story again because of the intense interest and huge impact this bill will have on our industry.  This is an historic reform and we want to make sure that we shout about it from (our own) rooftops!   A bill we sponsored is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to California’s ADA Law. It passed the Legislature by a two-thirds vote in the wee hours of Friday night.  Currently, California has 40 percent ...

FUN WITH VETO MESSAGES

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Last year, reading Governor Brown’s veto messages became a favorite pastime of political junkies throughout the state, because many of them contained quips, jabs, philosophy, and sometimes just plain obvious observations that were, in the kabuki world of the Capitol, fun and interesting.  Although nothing as creative or abrasive as the famous Schwarzenegger/Ammiano acrostic.   The first such interesting message came out this week.  While vetoing a Republican assemblymember’s bill which ...

SIGN/VETO DEADLINE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Legislature has gone home for the year and they sent a whole heap of bills over to the Governor — as of today 677 bills are still awaiting his signature or veto!  The Constitutional Deadline for bills to be deal with is September 30 and we are weighing in on a number of bills.  Read More →
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