GOVERNOR SIGNS PERMIT EXTENSION BILL

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In a move strongly supported by our industry, Governor Brown has signed AB 2913 (Wood; D-Santa Rosa), a measure which extends the expiration date of building permits from 6 months to 12 months.  Also, the bill amends the statute to make it clear that all local jurisdictions have the authority to grant one or more 6-month extensions for just cause. For the past 30+ years, the existing statute has stipulated that a builder must comply with the building codes that are in effect on the date the initial ...

RETAIL THEFT BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: September 28, 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: September 28, 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 →

DISTRIBUTED ENERGY BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
SB 700 (Wiener; D-San Francisco) – Self-generation incentive program, was signed by the Governor.  This industry supported bill will assure support for behind-the-meter storage systems by extending the California Public Utilities Commission’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for five years by authorizing revenue collection through the end of 2024 and program administration through January 1, 2026 and making targeted changes to ensure that SGIP recipients use their technologies to reduce ...

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO REDUCE SOME HOUSING RED TAPE

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Governor has signed a bill supported by industry, AB 1804 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) which will expand the existing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) infill categorical exemption to residential and mixed-use housing occurring within an unincorporated area of a county. Expanding this categorical exemption, will incentivize and streamline the development of affordable housing units in unincorporated areas surrounded by urban uses. Although the bill expands the geographic scope of the exemption, ...

WARNING: PROP 65 WARNINGS NEED TO BE UPDATED!

Posted: September 28, 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 ...

CBPA IS NOW ON BOTH FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Posted: September 28, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
With how quickly politics in California moves, sometimes there are a few updates critical to the industry that we will want to release immediately. This is where you can use our Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on propositions like Prop 10 coming up in November, and Split Roll Tax in 2020. If you happen to exist on either of these social media platforms, this is just another way for you to be more in the know when it comes to legislation, propositions, campaigns & elections, as well as ...

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

Posted: September 14, 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 ...

BILL TARGETING WAREHOUSE CONSTRUCTION VETOED

Posted: September 14, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 2853 by Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) was vetoed by Governor Brown.  Our industry strongly opposed the bill as it unreasonably targeted one building type, warehouses, when working together with a local government on certain economic development subsidies.  Current law already requires extensive disclosure of information by all project types getting such subsidies.  Here is the Governor’s veto message.  Read More →

BILLS ON GOVERNOR’S DESK – OPPOSE

Posted: September 14, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Below are bills on the Governor’s desk we are hoping he vetoes: AB 1870 (Reyes D) Employment discrimination: limitation of actions. Extends the statute of limitations from one year to three years for all employment related discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). Puts employers at significant risk of a lawsuit they cannot defend against. AB 2853 (Medina D) Local government: economic development subsidies. Mandates significant ...
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