ADA CODE REGULATORY UPDATE PACKAGE RELEASED

Posted: April 17, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Division of the State Architect has release its Access Compliance package which starts the 45-Day language comment period for the disabled access update (7/1/18).  Your Sacramento staff is reviewing the package to see if there are any objectionable provision remaining (we have been working on this for the past year). We would like to make sure that members of the industry who work with the code also have the opportunity to review and provide comment on any potential issues.  Click here and go to ...

SINGLE-USER BATHROOM GUIDANCE RELEASED

Posted: April 17, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has released further guidance on the issue of how to identify and sign All-Gender Single-User Toilet Facilities. Click here for further guidance, which contains additional information to assist facility operators and design professionals who design facilities under the enforcement jurisdiction of DSA in interpreting the requirements of Health and Safety Code Section 118600. We hope this will help you comply with this relatively recent state law.  Read More →

2017 CASp EXAM REGISTRATION

Posted: April 17, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Registration is now open for the June 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Sacramento and Riverside on June 28.   Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification and/or encouraging an employee in your company to pursue the certification, provides ...

SPRING RECESS IS HERE

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Next week is Spring Recess in the California State Legislature.  All activity will cease for the week as Legislators stay in their districts.  This reprieve in the calendar is used by staff and other denizens of the Capitol to take a deep breath and enjoy the “calm before the storm” that is coming in the form of first policy committee deadline.  All bills introduced must be heard and passed by their policy committee of jurisdiction by May 19.  It’s one of the busiest four weeks in the year ...

TRANSPORTATION DEAL REACHED SENT TO GOVERNOR

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Late last night after weeks of active negotiations, the Legislature sent Governor Brown the Transportation package he has been asking for.  The package was a controversial hot potato for some legislators because raising taxes on cars and gasoline is about one of the most unpopular things a politician can do (just ask former Governor Gray Davis, recalled, mainly over the “car tax” issue) so the negotiations and “horse trading” for votes went late into the night. Much of the controversy stems ...

THE DROUGHT IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE DROUGHT REGS!

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Governor has announced that the Great California Drought is officially over after a very wet winter with plentiful snowfall and rain filling up our reservoirs to the breaking point (literally).  However, the strict water efficiency rules and regulations induced by the water shortage will remain in place. “This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner,” said Governor Brown. “Conservation must remain a way of life.” According to a release from the Governor’s ...

ADA CODE REGULATORY UPDATE PACKAGE RELEASED

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Division of the State Architect has released its Access Compliance package which starts the 45-Day language comment period for the disabled access update (7/1/18).  Your Sacramento staff is reviewing the package to see if there are any objectionable provisions remaining (we have been working on this for the past year). We would like to make sure that members of the industry who work with the code also have the opportunity to review and provide comments on any potential issues.  Click here and go ...

COSTAR STORY ON CA DUAL AGENCY BAN

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is a recent story by Costar on two dual agency bills introduced in California.  See below for more details about the two bills. Costar Story: CA to Consider New Legislation On Dual Agency  Read More →

DUAL “DUAL AGENCY” BILLS DUEL IN SACRAMENTO

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As we discussed last Friday, two bills have been gut-and-amended to deal with Dual Agency in the State California and are currently in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.  One of the bills deals directly with residential disclosure issues related to the California Supreme Court case known as Horiike.  The other bill is using the cover of that court case to ban the common practice altogether in the commercial setting at the behest of a tenant only brokerage firm. Here are links to the two measures: AB ...

CEQA REFORM OR AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

Posted: April 7, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our good friend Loren Kaye, President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, posits the following statement: “You can have infill housing or an unreformed CEQA, but not both.”  He makes a good point that we agree with.  Click here to read his article on the topic.  Read More →
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