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 ...

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE

Posted: February 26, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Today is a major milestone in the legislative process, Bill Intro Deadline.  Every great idea, and some not so great ideas, that “oughtta be a law,” need to be submitted by the time the Assembly and Senate Desks close today.  Once that happens, we will now have most of the bills that we will need to pay attention to this year.  Although legislators have had since early January to go through this process, more bills will be introduced today than on all previous days combined.  As of yesterday ...

U.S. REQUIRES POSTER CHANGE FOR EMPLOYERS OF 50 OR MORE

Posted: February 15, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Employers with 50 or more employees are required to display an updated federal family leave poster starting March 8.  Click here for more information from our friends at the CalChamber.  Read More →

ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS COMPLIANCE MANUALS

Posted: February 15, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The 2013 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Compliance Manuals are posted online and the Energy Commission is seeking comment.  We are asking member companies that have the capacity to review the manuals to do so and submit any comments to CBPA for compilation and submission on behalf of the industry.  For inclusion into this letter, comments are due by Close of Business, February 18, 2013.  Click here for the full listing of Compliance Manuals.  Read More →

CAP-AND-TRADE IMPACTS SEMINAR

Posted: February 15, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Now that the state has implemented a cap-and-trade program one of the most common questions we get is “how will this impact commercial real estate?”  The program is a critical piece of the state law curbing climate-changing greenhouse gases (AB 32) and impacts are predicted to be somewhere between reducing GHG’s and attracting more businesses to our clean and green state; to a mass-exodus by people that can’t afford the higher energy rates.  But in general, nobody really knows how the real ...

DOE COMMERCIAL BUILDING ENERGY ASSET SCORE – INPUT SOUGHT

Posted: February 15, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Department of Energy is moving forward with a 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 replying ...

FEDERAL INTRODUCTION OF MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT

Posted: February 15, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On February 13, the bipartisan Senate and House sponsors of “The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013” (S. 336 and HR 684) held a press conference in the Capitol in conjunction with the introduction of their bill, which is aimed at leveling the playing field between online-only sellers and brick and mortar retailers. Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Dick Durbin (D-IL), authors of the Senate bill in the previous Congress, were joined this time by freshman Senator Heidi ...

CEQA REFORM HOT TOPIC IN SACRAMENTO AND STATEWIDE

Posted: February 15, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
BOMA California is part of a broad coalition of businesses, schools, hospitals, local governments, affordable housing advocates, transportation advocates, and many others who are pushing for modernization of the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. The CEQA Working Group is working to aggressively advocate the need for CEQA reform. In the past weeks, the coalition has generated dozens of positive newspaper editorials, articles and op-eds in support of CEQA reform. The coalition is also ...

OVERHAUL OF ACCESSIBILITY REGULATIONS ADOPTED

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In an action strongly supported by the industry and local government, the Building Standards Commission adopted a regulatory package that overhauls the disabled accessibility standards for commercial and government buildings and for public housing. For over twenty years, California has maintained and enforced its own set of disabled accessibility standards, separate of those enforced at the federal level by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).  The subtle differences between the state and federal ...

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENTAL EFFICIENCY LOAN PARTICIPATION PROGRAM

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Never heard of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority (CPCFA)?  Not many people have.  However, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer is working on a program that may be very beneficial to your building.  In an effort to provide low cost loans to businesses, the Authority is in the process of launching the California Energy/Environmental Efficiency Loan Participation Program. The CPCFA received approximately $84 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to support this program.  They ...
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