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SIGNIFICANT ADA REFORM

Posted: September 7, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
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 of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population. SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) while promoting increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes ...

LEGISLATIVE SESSION OVER

Posted: September 7, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The 2011-2012 Legislative Session has ended.  Hundreds of bills were voted on in the final hours of marathon Floor Sessions in both houses and are now on the Governor’s Desk for consideration. Major issues, including property taxes vote threshold, Workers Compensation reform, Pension Reform, Private Pensions, major energy policy, and many others, passed and are awaiting final action.  Below are just some of the highlights.  Read More →

GOVERNOR BROWN AGAIN REJECTS SPLIT ROLL

Posted: June 22, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In an interview with Pacific Standard Magazine Governor Brown was asked about pursuing a split roll property tax to help resolve the state’s budget woes: MC: Some people say the state will never get fixed until Prop 13, which passed in 1978 during your first term, is radically reformed. We need a split roll, they say, that would raise taxes on commercial property while keeping them low on homeowners. Only then would we see a sort of tax equity that would produce the revenue we really need to float ...

GREEN CALIFORNIA SUMMIT

Posted: February 27, 2012 | Posted by Penny | No Comments
The 2012 Green California Summit & Expo, the largest annual event focused on green policy, practice and technology, comes to the Sacramento Convention Center on April 26 & 27. Now in its sixth year, the Summit will feature 150 companies offering green products and services, as well as keynote speakers, educational sessions, a special full-day green curriculum workshop, leadership awards, and networking opportunities. BOMA California is a sponsor of this is event.  As such you receive a 20% ...

CARRIED INTEREST INTRODUCED AGAIN IN CONGRESS

Posted: February 27, 2012 | Posted by Penny | No Comments
This week House Ways & Means Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) introduced the “Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2012.” “There is absolutely no reason why income earned for managing other people’s money shouldn’t be taxed in the same way as income earned teaching or working in a factory,” said Representative Levin in a press release. “This loophole for years has unfairly enabled some of the highest-paid individuals in the country to sharply reduce their tax bills ...

BILLS TO ADDRESS REDEVELOPMENT ELIMINATION ISSUES

Posted: February 27, 2012 | Posted by Penny | No Comments
Three bills have been introduced containing technical fixes to AB1X 26, the bill that eliminated redevelopment agencies. This information comes from our friends at the California Redevelopment Agencies Association: Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1585 to help address some of the problems that have emerged with implementation of AB 1X 26. Its provisions include an urgency clause and the LMIHF related provisions in SB 654 (Steinberg). AB 1585 also expands the definition of ...

BUSINESS, LABOR, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUPPORT SB 1130

Posted: February 27, 2012 | Posted by Penny | No Comments
The L.A. Times was at the press conference announcing the BETER program. Click here to read the story and see a quote from our very own Rex Hime.  Read More →

ON BILL FINANCING AND LOAN PROGRAM BILL GARNERS SUPPORT

Posted: February 27, 2012 | Posted by Penny | No Comments
Two measures pertaining to “Energy Efficiency” that have already been identified received positive analysis from some of our industry experts come from a Senator who also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Energy Efficiency, Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles): SB 998 (de Leon; D-Los Angeles) would require the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to authorize an electrical corporation to develop and implement an on-bill repayment program for eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. SB ...

SO MANY GOOD GREEN IDEAS

Posted: February 27, 2012 | Posted by Penny | No Comments
Many of the bills introduced this year are once again focused on greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, and/or green buildings, in one way or another. The word “green” currently appears in 42 separate pieces of legislation.  Forty-eight (48) bills pertain to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).  Sixty-two (62) bills have the word “Green” in them.  And seventy-six (76) measures use the term “energy efficiency.”  Again, we will read all of these measures and identify ...

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE TODAY

Posted: February 27, 2012 | Posted by Penny | No Comments
Today is a major milestone in the 2012 Legislative Session.  Bill Introduction Deadline.  Hundreds of bills will be submitted just yesterday and today.  Your staff in Sacramento is already deep into the task of reading this mountain of legislation in order to identify policy items that will impact your business.  Last year more than 2,600 legislative measures went through the process and we followed almost 500 of them!  Read More →
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