INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING/POST-REDEVELOPMENT

Posted: March 7, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 229 (John A. Pérez D)   Local government: infrastructure and revitalization financing districts.           Summary: Would authorize the creation of an infrastructure and revitalization financing district, as defined, and the issuance of debt with 2/3 voter approval. The bill would authorize the creation of a district for up to 40 years and the issuance of debt with a final maturity date of up to 30 years, as specified. The bill would authorize a district to finance ...

AND MORE BILLS!

Posted: March 7, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Of the 2,000 plus bills, we are already tracking 403.  We expect that number to grow over the next few weeks as we work with other groups and compare notes.  Below are some of the more interesting bills, mainly from the Assembly this week, which we’d like to share.  More to follow next week, focusing on the Senate. Please send any thoughts/comments/analysis you have on these bills by replying to this email.  Our Legislative Committees will be meeting over the next three weeks to set positions ...

BILLS BILLS AND MORE BILLS!

Posted: March 7, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We are still wading through the hundreds of bills that were introduced by the Bill Introduction Deadline last week.  By the numbers, the Assembly introduced 1,392 bills; the Senate introduced 820 bills.  For a grand total of 2,212 Legislative bills introduced.  Read More →

DOE COMMERCIAL BUILDING ENERGY ASSET SCORE – INPUT SOUGHT

Posted: February 27, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Department of Energy is moving forward with its new rating system, “commercial building energy asset score,” and is seeking input on certain aspects of the program.  The program will apply to a large variety of commercial building types. Last week, DOE issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input on key issues associated with this voluntary score.  We are seeking input from members.  If you are interested in providing input regarding the score, please submit your comments by ...

LABOR TARGETS ENTERPRISE ZONES

Posted: February 27, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
California’s enterprise zone (EZ) program offers the state’s largest, most significant economic development tax incentives, broadly applying to businesses of all sizes across virtually all industry sectors. Established in 1984, the EZ program offers a variety of tax credits and incentives to encourage businesses to locate, invest and create jobs in economically distressed communities within the state. Current law allows for 42 enterprise zones. Communities apply for and receive EZ designations ...

CODE CHANGES ARE COMING!

Posted: February 27, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As you may know, there’s something new in the world of California codes – the cycles for changes to the energy code and the building codes are now in synch. As a result, there’s more to learn between now and January, when the latest changes become mandatory. Changes to CALGreen, California’s mandatory green building code, will be published in July, as will changes in state accessibility codes that bring California standards into alignment with the requirements of the Americans ...

SPLIT ROLL WOULD HIT SMALL BUSINESS HARD

Posted: February 27, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is another good article that uses facts, figures, and common sense to push back against the myths that commercial properties are not paying enough in taxes. “The reality is that 97 percent of businesses in California are small. And small commercial properties are not sold by stock transfers. Moreover, stock transfers of large commercial properties are only a tiny fraction of the 3 percent of large commercial properties in the state.” Click here to read the full story.  Read More →

PROPOSITION 13 – FACTS AND FIGURES

Posted: February 27, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
“I’ve had all that I can stand — I can’t stands no more!” is what Popeye says right before he rights a wrong.  One can imagine that is exactly what Rex Hime, President & CEO of CBPA said as he penned the following article.  This is right after reading another ill-informed political attack on Proposition 13… they are plentiful these days as many advocacy groups that have had an eye on raising your property taxes feel that their time is now with the new Democratic supermajorities ...

CEQA REFORM EFFORT MOVES FORWARD

Posted: February 26, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although one of the few Democrat members of the Legislature that was willing to publicly call for CEQA reforms has resigned, the coalition of business, schools, hospitals, local governments, affordable housing advocates, transportation advocates and many others who are pushing for modernization of the law, will continue to move forward. As a member of the CEQA Working Group we will continue to aggressively advocate the need for CEQA reform. In the past weeks, the coalition has generated dozens of ...

CEQA “CHAMPION” CALLS IT QUITS

Posted: February 26, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In a surprise announcement, State Senator Michael Rubio (D-Bakersfield) has announced that he is resigning from the state legislature and taking a job directing California governmental affairs for the Chevron Corporation.  CBPA leadership learned this news directly from the Senator on a CEQA Working Group call and it was made public shortly thereafter through an announcement released by his Capitol Staff. Rubio was elected in 2010 and is known as one of the most moderate members of the State’s ...
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