GOVERNOR FILLS VACANCY ON STANDARDS COMMISSION

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Cheryl Roberts to the California Building Standards Commission. She fills the “local fire official” seat on the commission which became vacant after the retirement of Rose Conroy. Roberts has served in various positions at the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District since 1992, including battalion chief, fire captain, fire academy coordinator and paramedic. Roberts is a Republican.  Read More →

CEQA REFORM

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In reaction to the Governor’s speech where he mentioned reform of the California Environmental Quality Act: “We also need to rethink and streamline our regulatory procedures, particularly the California Environmental Quality Act. Our approach needs to be based more on consistent standards that provide greater certainty and cut needless delays.” Governor Jerry Brown, State of the State, 1/24/13 The CEQA Working Group released the following reaction: “We thank the Governor for his statements ...

GOVERNOR’S AGENDA – CLIMATE CHANGE

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is what Governor Brown Had to say about Climate Change: When we think about California’s future, no long term liability presents as great a danger to our wellbeing as the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. According to the latest report from the World Bank, carbon dioxide emissions are the highest in 15 million years. At today’s emissions rate, the planet could warm by more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, an event unknown in human ...

GOVERNOR’S AGENDA – WATER

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is what Governor Brown Had to say about water: Central to the life of our state is water and one sixth of that water flows through the San Joaquin Delta. Silicon Valley, the Livermore Valley, farmers on the East side of the San Joaquin Valley between Fresno and Kern County and farmers on the West side between Tracy and Los Banos, urban Southern California and Northern Contra Costa, all are critically dependent on the Delta for Water. If because of an earthquake, a hundred year storm or sea level ...

GOVERNOR’S AGENDA – JOBS – CEQA

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is what Governor Brown Had to say about jobs: California lost 1.3 million jobs in the great Recession but we are coming back at a faster pace than the national average. The new Office of Business and Economic Development — GoBiz —directly assisted more than 5,000 companies this past year. One of those companies was Samsung Semiconductor Inc. headquartered in Korea. Working with the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County, GoBiz persuaded Samsung to locate their only research and development ...

GOVERNOR DELIVERS STATE OF THE STATE

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
This week Governor Jerry Brown gave a very upbeat “State of the State” speech in which he declared that “California is back,” after suffering through years of cuts and out of balance budgets.  “California has once again confounded our critics,” said the Governor.  “We’ve wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget. And by God, we’re going to preserve and keep it that way for years to come.”  Addressing the added tax revenues brought about by the ...

OVERHAUL OF ACCESSIBILITY REGULATIONS ADOPTED

Posted: February 1, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In an action strongly supported by industry and local government, the Building Standards Commission has 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 ...

CARLA PETERMAN APPOINTED TO CPUC

Posted: January 18, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Governor has appointed Carla Peterman of Sacramento to the California Public Utilities Commission. Peterman has served as a member of the California Energy Commission since 2011, where she was lead commissioner for renewables, transportation, natural gas and the 2012 Independent Energy Policy Report. Peterman conducted research at the University of California Energy Institute from 2006 to 2011 and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2008 to 2010. She also served on the board of directors ...

UNDERSTANDING CALIFORNIA’S PROPERTY TAXES

Posted: January 18, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although this was circulated late last year, we are sending again because the stakes are so high.  Please take some time to look at the Legislative Analyst Office’s report entitled “Understanding California’s Property Taxes,” which provides an excellent primer on the different types of commercial and residential taxation, as well as an explanation of several landmark voter approved laws – including Proposition 13 and Proposition 8. Even if you think you know how Property Taxes in California ...

STATEWIDE PROPOSITION 13 PROTECTION CONFERENCE CALL

Posted: January 18, 2013 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In anticipation of these efforts to undo Proposition 13, we hosted a call over the Legislative Recess to prepare and mobilize all our members.  Thank you to all of our members that took the time to participate in the call — the response to the call for participation was so great that it swamped our conferencing capabilities! The first step in defeating a split roll and other ideas that unfairly target commercial property for higher taxes, is getting our industry aware of the potential threats ...
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