CALIFORNIA BENCHMARKING REGULATION RESOURCES

Posted: April 20, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Several weeks ago, the State of California finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations. This has been a long process and we have been involved every step of the way. The bottom line is that as of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the Energy Commission. However, the rollout of the regulation is still unfolding. The CEC is working on materials and communications to help with compliance, and we ...

CALIFORNIA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE SUMMIT JUNE 19-20, 2018

Posted: April 20, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Commercial Real Estate Summit (CCRES) will be held at the California Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Sacramento on June 19-20, 2018.  This event is the one time of year that industry leaders from all sectors of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry converge on California’s Capitol to meet with policymakers. The summit gives you an opportunity to meet other industry leaders from across the nation, high-level staff from Governor Brown’s Administration, ...

TAX ON RECORDING FEES IMPLEMENTATION ISSUES

Posted: March 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The newly minted $75 tax tacked onto recording fees is causing confusion and implementation issues – just as we and many other groups concerned with the bill noted during the legislative process.  Unfortunately, those concerns went unheeded and unaddressed, now many Californians are caught in the middle.  Our friends at Howard Jarvis have detailed some of the issues in a newly published column: “For example, SB2’s language makes it difficult for California’s 58 County Recorders to determine ...

32ND SENATE DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION – AUG 7

Posted: March 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Brown issued a proclamation declaring a special election for the 32nd Senate District recently vacated by Tony Mendoza who resigned after an investigation into sexual harassment claims.  In a bizarre twist to the story, former-Senator Mendoza has announced he will be running for the seat.  Should be interesting.  Click here to see what a Special Election Proclamation looks like.  Read More →

BENCHMARKING REGULATIONS FINALIZED

Posted: March 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The State of California has finalized the AB 1103/AB 802 Energy Benchmarking Regulations.  This has been a long process and we have been involved every step of the way.  The bottom line is that as of June 1, 2018, all buildings over 50,000 square feet – with some exemptions – need to be benchmarked and data shared with the Energy Commission. However, the rollout of the regulation is still unfolding.  The CEC is working on materials and communications to help with compliance, and we are helping ...

CEQA GUIDELINE WORKSHOPS NEXT WEEK

Posted: March 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Natural Resources Agency will conduct hearings on the proposed regulatory update to the California Environmental Quality Act – better known as CEQA — guidelines on March 14 in Los Angeles and March 15 in Sacramento.  In its simplest definition, CEQA is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. However, over many years, many statutory additions, and ...

CALIFORNIA DISABLED PARKING PLACARD PROGRAM FORUM

Posted: March 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) is hosting Listening Forums in locations throughout the State to address various issues facing citizens and businesses of California regarding disability issues.  Next week in Sacramento on March 13, the CCDA, along with local legislators, will host a forum to discuss parking accessibility issues, including the DMV Disabled Parking Placard Program; and solutions to deter the misuse of disabled parking placards while maintaining access for individuals ...

FINE FOR NOT RECYCLING A THERMOSTAT!

Posted: March 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Who knew that those old thermostats could cost you $25,000? That’s the fine for failing to recycle mercury thermostats. Why such a hefty penalty?  Because when mercury thermostats are discarded with everyday trash, the mercury bulb will break, and the mercury will escape and become a dangerous hazard. According to California law, it’s illegal to dispose of mercury thermostats in the trash or leave them at customers’ premises. HVAC, demolition contractors, property managers, and residents are ...

WATER FIXTURE REPLACEMENT MANDATE – MUST COMPLETE BY 2019

Posted: March 12, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A bill passed into law nine years ago, SB 407 (Padilla; Chapter 587, 2009), requires “non-compliant” plumbing fixtures to be replaced with water-conserving plumbing fixtures when a property is undergoing additions, alterations or improvements. Applicants seeking to obtain permits for any of these types of work will be required to replace non-compliant fixtures prior to final permit approval or issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the local building department. This law applies only to properties ...

INDUSTRY SUPPORTED ADA PASSES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – PLEASE THANK CA SUPPORTERS!

Posted: February 24, 2018 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Thanks to everyone in our industry that placed a call, visited a congressional office, wrote a letter, travelled to D.C., and/or supported all our national groups’ efforts over the past year, last week, H.R. 620 passed the House of Representatives. The California delegation was instrumental in making sure the bill passed.  All fourteen California Republicans and six (6) California Democrats voted “yes,” while thirty-one (31) California Democrats voted “Nay,” and two (2) abstained. However, ...
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