SUPPORT FOR RENTER RELIEF MEASURE

Posted: February 15, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We have moved quickly to support a measure that will provide some relief to our state’s 2.4 million renters.  SB 248 jointly introduced by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) would expand and reform California’s renter’s credit for the first time in 40 years. “The housing crisis in California must be addressed and this is just one of many reforms we should enact to help our fellow citizens.  We must also look at other solutions to increase our ...

CSLB URGED TO CLARIFY WHO CAN INSTALL BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE

Posted: February 15, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Battery energy storage systems are rapidly expanding and being installed in schools, hospitals, businesses and homes throughout the state. Battery storage is a key technology to help California meet our clean energy and emissions reduction goals and expand the adoption of solar, wind, and other clean energy sources. The Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) primary mission is to protect consumers and the public. If not installed correctly by highly-qualified and licensed electrical contractors, ...

TEJON RANCH AND MAJESTIC LAND MAJOR DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Posted: February 15, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Tejon Ranch announced that it has agreed to terms on a lease with a company that will relocate its western US distribution operations from the Los Angeles area to the Tejon Ranch Commerce Center (TRCC) in the fourth quarter of this year. The company, which wishes to remain anonymous for the time being due to competitive reasons, will occupy approximately 390,000 square feet of space in a new 580,000-square-foot building TRC is developing in partnership with Majestic Realty Co. The new building represents ...

COMMERCIAL ENERGY CODE WORK BEGINS

Posted: February 15, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Energy Commission will begin work on the 2023 Standards next week, kicking off with a meeting of representatives from Industry and other stakeholders.  2023 is not a misprint. The California Energy Commission has already kicked off the development of the next set of energy efficiency building standards and if they stay on track, this set of regulations will take effect on 1/1/23. On Monday, CEC staff will meet with CBPA, BOMA, NAIOP, ICSC, IREM and CBIA staff to summarize the issues ...

CBSC LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Posted: February 15, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) launched a new website to a more modern and intuitive format and is also being updated to better serve you. The new CBSC website address is https://www.dgs.ca.gov/bsc. The content from their current website has been migrated and integrated with all the new information.  California’s building codes are some of the most complex in the nation and being able to quickly understand what is required when you build, and plan tenant improvements is essential ...

WILL CEQA REFORM EVER HAPPEN?

Posted: January 18, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Addressing issues related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) a measure that which was initially meant to bring sunshine to government projects but has morphed into a significant burden on the private sector, is always on the minds on Capitol denizens.  Every year it seems that politicians and Governors from both parties say, they are going to tackle the issue and reform it, but the only projects that ever seem to benefit are massive sports arenas. We are always looking for signs ...

CEQA LAWSUIT FOCUSES ON FRIVOLOUS LITIGATION

Posted: January 18, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
And if the Governor, Legislature, and interest groups in Sacramento cannot come together to bring some sanity to frivolous CEQA lawsuits, there is always the hope that the courts will rein-them-in. To that end, we are closely watching a new lawsuit filed on behalf of the Icon Group against the carpenters and laborers union claiming the unions file CEQA actions a play to force union labor on development projects and not out of concern for the environment. Abuse of CEQA for labor negotiation purposes ...

BUSINESS GROUPS MEET WITH NEW BUDGET DIRECTOR

Posted: January 18, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On Monday, CBPA, along with other significant business advocacy groups, were included in a luncheon organized by the CalChamber with the Governor’s newly appointed Director of Finance, Keely Martin Bosler. The presentation was tailored to business interests and reviewed the budget from a fiscal point-of-view.  “We are in extraordinary times right now, but that is punctuated by a lot of uncertainty,” Martin Bosler commented.  Highlights of the presentation are included in the latest CalChamber ...

LAO OVERVIEW OF THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET

Posted: January 18, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
And in case you haven’t gotten enough of the new budget, the Legislature is starting to weigh-in: The Legislative Analyst’s Office has released its review of the Governor’s Budget.  Released last week, the Governor’s Budget is Mr. Newsom’s blueprint for state spending and a good map to show where the Administration thinks the state is heading and where his priorities lie. That blueprint, however, will go through a significant review and revision process in the Legislature who will also ...

NEWSOM’S HOUSING BUDGET EXPLAINED

Posted: January 18, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
During his Inauguration speech, Governor Newsom called for a “Marshal Plan” for affordable housing, stating “No one should live in constant fear of eviction or spend their whole paycheck to keep a roof overhead.” The Governor is making it plain that he is going to put affordable housing issues front and center as a high priority and that he won’t be playing “small ball.”  From major funding increases for affordable housing, to his threat to take away any city’s transportation dollars ...
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