RENT CONTROL MEASURE MUST BE DEFEATED! NO ON PROP 10 AD

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Proposition 10, on November’s ballot has too many flaws and must be defeated.  Here is a new ad on this bad measure that we hope you will share widely with your networks: What Would Prop 10 Mean for California? Prop. 10: Allows Regulation of Single-Family Homes Places Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees Puts Taxpayers at Risk for Millions in Legal Costs Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing Vote NO on ...

GOVERNOR’S LAST SIGN/VETO DEADLINE – HUZZAH FOR GOVERNOR BROWN

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Jerry Brown’s last Sign/Veto Deadline was this past Sunday at Midnight.  In his final Legislative year, the Legislature put 1,217 bills on his desk.  He signed 1,016 of them.  He vetoed 16.5% or 201 bills. We don’t want to get sentimental, but working with Governor Brown is, was, and always will be an honor.  A few years ago, he was described as “the adult in the room,” when it came to legislative negotiations, and we think that is still an apt description.  We like a lot of ...

LIST OF HIGH PRIORITY BILLS SIGNED/VETOED IN FINAL WEEKS OF SESSION

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Thousands of bills were acted on in the final three weeks of Session.  Here is a list of some of the most significant listed by those that were vetoed and those that were signed into law. With a note of caution, just because a bill was vetoed doesn’t mean we can stop worrying about it – most, if not all, of these bills will come back in the next few years. Bills signed into law are important to know since come January 1, these will be the new laws our industry will have to comply with. Click ...

GOVERNOR SIGNS PREFERRED LACTATION BILL

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Two bills were sent to the Governor dealing with expanding requirement for workplace lactation requirements. Our industry worked very hard with the author of AB 1976 (Limón-D; Santa Barbara) which is based on current federal/state law to make sure our industry could comply with the measure that now requires employers’ to provide a room or location for lactation, other than a bathroom. The author worked with our industry and took significant language to deal with situations where there is no alternative. ...

SEISMIC SAFETY PROPOSALS VETOED BY GOVERNOR BROWN

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Two seismic safety proposals have been pending at the Capitol this year.  AB 1857 (Nazarian) sought to increase the stringency of the “strength and stiffness” requirements for “engineered buildings” by 50% until such time the Building Standards Commission adopts similar requirements in the code.  Industry had several serious concerns with this proposal as it would place an arbitrary and very costly building code requirement in statute.  Also, it was unclear where the 50% increase value ...

RETAIL THEFT BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A bill supported by industry was signed by Governor Brown to create the crime of “Organized Retail Theft.”  AB 1065 (Jones-Sawyer; D-Los Angeles) expands jurisdiction to prosecute cases of theft or receipt of stolen merchandise and requires California Highway Patrol (CHP) to convene a regional property task force.  The bill also authorizes a grant program to create demonstration projects to reduce recidivism to high-risk misdemeanor probationers.  We support this bill and hope it will reduce ...

INSTITUTIONAL HOUSING INVESTOR BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Brown has vetoed AB 354 (Calderon; D-Whittier) which would have required institutional investors that own more than 100 homes to register with the Department of Business Oversight.  Our industry had opposed this measure in an earlier version but went neutral when amendments we requested were incorporated into the bill. A veto message can be found here.  Read More →

WARNING: PROP 65 WARNINGS NEED TO BE UPDATED!

Posted: October 5, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Last year new Proposition 65 warning were signed into law by the Governor.   The new requirements came into effect August 2018.   Entities doing business in California are now required to provide additional “Prop 65” warning. This means you are probably going to need to consult with an expert and provide new warnings in certain areas of your buildings. The commercial real estate industry has put together a webinar and information to make sure you are on the right path to compliance. In the ...

RENT CONTROL MEASURE MUST BE DEFEATED! NO ON PROP 10 AD

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Proposition 10, on November’s ballot has too many flaws and must be defeated.  Here is a new ad on this bad measure that we hope you will share widely with your networks: What Would Prop 10 Mean for California? Prop. 10: Allows Regulation of Single-Family Homes Places Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees Puts Taxpayers at Risk for Millions in Legal Costs Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing Vote NO on ...

SIGN/VETO DEADLINE

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Sunday at Midnight is the deadline for Governor Brown to sign or veto all the measures still left on his desk.  We are still waiting to learn the fate of a dozen or so bills including measures requiring increased lactation accommodations, and a pair of bills on seismic issues.  Below are some major bills we have been following that he has acted on in the past week.    Read More →
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