TWO REAL ESTATE LEADERS HONORED

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Two longtime leaders at the California Business Properties Association are being honored for the dedication and service to the industry and their achievements as individuals.   Fran Inman heads up government relations and community affairs for Majestic Reality Co, “one of the nation’s largest privately-held, family-owned real estate development companies. Their holdings include about 70 million square feet of commercial property. She is being hailed as a “Rock Star” for her work helping ...

JOB KILLER BILLS UPDATE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The CalChamber, on behalf of all of us in the business community leads on many issues in Sacramento. One way they do that is by compiling a list of the “worst of the worst” bills in order to galvanize opposition to these measures which will hurt the economy.  Under Governor Brown last year, 30 bills were tagged as job killers – the Legislature sent five to the Governor and he vetoed all but one.  This year, 32 bills were tagged as job killers – the Legislature sent six to the Governor, ...

PROPERTY OWNERS FACE A NEW SURTAX

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although we have reported about this surtax several times in the past, as it gets closer to impacted your companies, we want to make sure you are aware and prepared.  Passed in 2010 to help fund the health-care overhaul, this 3.8% surtax kicks in next year on many forms of investment income—including some interest, dividends, rents and capital gains.  Click here to read a Wall Street Journal article, and make sure you consult your tax attorneys.  Read More →

ADA REFORM SIGNED BY GOVERNOR!

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although we reported this last week, we have had so many calls and emails about this significant reform, that we thought we should send it out one more time.  If you own or manage commercial real estate, this has huge, positive ramifications for your business:   We are extremely pleased to announce that one of those bills that was signed this week by Governor Brown is our ADA reform measure, SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) which will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act ...

COST OF COMPLIANCE BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Brown has signed an industry sponsored measure, AB 1612 (Lara; D – South Gate), which requires government agencies to provide an estimated cost and benefit of compliance when proposing new residential building standards is sitting on the Governor’s desk.   Although the bill currently applies only to residential projects, we are very supportive of the measure, as it will force state regulators to start considering the impact of their decisions not just on the economy as a whole but ...

**ACTION** ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON ENERGY SAVINGS IN BUILDINGS (AB 758 Regs)

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On Monday and Tuesday, October 8 & 9, in Sacramento the California Energy Commission is holding a workshop to solicit input on the structure and direction of the future comprehensive energy efficiency programs for residential and nonresidential existing buildings.  Better known as the “Energy Efficiency Program for Existing Buildings,” or more simply the “AB 758 Regs,” this activity is being held pursuant to Assembly Bill 758 (Skinner, Chapter 470, Statutes 2009).   Industry input ...

STATE COMMISSION REVIEWS PROPOSED REWRITE OF ACCESSIBILITY CODE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Building Standards Commission’s Advisory Committee has just concluded a 3-day marathon session wherein proposed changes to California’s Disabled Accessibility standards were reviewed.  This included the Division of the State Architect’s 350+ page rewrite of the accessibility provisions for all commercial and state-owned buildings.   As reported earlier this year, DSA has decided to use the federal Department of Justice accessibility provisions as the basis for California’s updated ...

SIGN/VETO DEADLINE

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Legislature has gone home for the year and they sent a whole heap of bills over to the Governor — as of today 333 bills are still awaiting his signature or veto, down from 677 two weeks ago.  The Constitutional Deadline for bills to be dealt with is this Sunday, September 30.  Read More →

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCREENING TOOL

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is seeking comment on a draft report for public review entitled, “California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen).” Members of our industry have attended workshops and are providing feedback about concerns that this policy could unintentionally lead to “redlining” whole cities and further exacerbating economic and infrastructure problems.   Due to the outpouring of concern, the agency has extended ...

COST OF COMPLIANCE BILL HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

Posted: November 29, 2012 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
An industry sponsored measure AB 1612 (Lara; D – South Gate) that would require government agencies to provide an estimated cost and benefit of compliance when proposing new residential building standards is sitting on the Governor’s desk.  Although the bill currently applies only to residential projects, we are very supportive of the measure, as it will force state regulators to start considering the impact of their decisions not just on the economy as a whole but on individual homeowners and ...
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