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 ...

EDITORIAL: THIS IS THE YEAR FOR CEQA REFORM

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Sun – published in San Bernardino and The Inland Empire – has published an editorial calling for reform of the California Environmental Quality Act, better known as CEQA.  We agree.  Here’s a bit from the editorial: “There is a renewed effort early in the 2013 session and it is welcome. Gov. Jerry Brown discussed CEQA reform in his State of the State address last month. He noted, as many have, that it’s hard to think of a CEQA exemption in recent years – including ...

ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS COMPLIANCE MANUALS

Posted: February 8, 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 →

SPLIT ROLL PARCEL TAX BILL – AB 59

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
When school districts put parcel taxes before voters those taxes should comply with state law requiring equal treatment of business and residential properties.  Some school districts in Alameda, Davis, San Leandro, West Contra Costa, and Los Angeles have been violating that principle by proposing and passing parcel taxes that tax parcels at different rates.  In December, a three-judge panel in a case involving the Alameda Unified School District unanimously confirmed that this is a violation of ...

BOMA CAL BOARD SETS DIRECTION FOR 2013

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Graciously hosted by LBA Realty at their newly reimagined Park Place campus, the BOMA California board reviewed successes in 2013 – including significant reform of California’s ADA Laws – and discussed policy issues related to water, energy, taxes, and repealing changes to Proposition 13. The board received a briefing on the political climate in Sacramento and reviewed the Governor’s Budget Proposal as well as legislation that has been introduced so far. The Board also set the direction for ...

BOMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP

Posted: February 8, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In Orange County on Thursday, the BOMA California Board of Directors held its first meeting of 2013, welcoming a new President and a whole new slate of officers. Leadership of the organization for 2013 includes: President: Brian Harnetiaux, Transwestern (BOMA Orange County) Vice President: Deanna Drake-Copelan, CB Richard Ellis (BOMA Oakland/East Bay) Treasurer: Desiree Lavin Glover, Tiarna Real Estate Services (BOMA Inland Empire) Secretary: Dave Mastro, Cassidy Turley, (BOMA Sacramento) Immediate ...
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