NFIB RELEASES ITS “GOOD, BAD, AND THE UGLY”

Posted: February 11, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our close coalition partners in Sacramento, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), has released its annual list of good, bad, and really really bad bills.  Nationally, NFIB has over 325,000 small business members and is an active force working the all the business groups on legislative and regulatory issues in California.  We are aligned with NFIB on these positions and will actively work with them on many of these bills. Click here to view the list.  Read More →

STATE PERMITTING HEARING

Posted: February 11, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Little Hoover Commission will hold a hearing to closely examine the state’s permitting processes.  Set for Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Commission will hold a public hearing on state permitting processes, after hearing reports from local regional and public agencies that permitting requirements are hindering infrastructure project work. Click here for more information and to find out how you can participate.  Read More →

JOBKILLERS!

Posted: February 11, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although early in the legislative session, the California Chamber of Commerce has already tagged four bills as “job killers” – the worst of the worst bills that would have a negative impact on California’s economy if they become law. As a CalChamber member and coalition partner in Sacramento we stand with them to help modify or defeat these bills. AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego/Kalra; D-San Jose) mandates small employers with as few as 10 employees to offer all employees who have the ...

BOMA CAL BOARD KICKS OF 2017

Posted: February 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Earlier this week in conjunction with the BOMA International Winter Business Meeting in San Diego, more than forty leaders from California gathered around the table for the first BOMA California board meeting of 2017. The first order of business was to “thank” Deanna Drake Copelan for her service as President to the board the past two years and welcome incoming President Dave Mastro from BOMA Sacramento.  Here is a full listing of the 2017 Executive Committee: Dave Mastro, President (Sacramento) Dave ...

INDUSTRIAL BUILDING LAWSUIT; OAKLAND GHOSTSHIP FIRE

Posted: February 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Fallout from a fire in an industrial building that was being used for unpermitted residences and social functions continues, as the Bay Area News Group has stated it will sue for documents that address the city’s failure to shutter the building and save lives. “In a four-page letter sent to city officials Thursday, the two-month anniversary of the tragic fire, the news group demanded the release of records detailing police and fire contacts at the Ghost Ship warehouse in the years,” reports ...

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE IN THE NORTH

Posted: February 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
After several wet weeks in Northern California and the Sierra snowpack building ever higher, pumps in the Delta are at full throttle pushing excess rainwater to neighbors in the south.   Although no one is declaring the drought over just yet, out of an abundance of caution, it looks like the cyclical nature of California’s climate is back to a “wet spell.” With more rain and snow expected, state officials, farmers, and environmentalists – and the people and businesses that have been working ...

CALIFORNIA TOPS POVERTY LIST

Posted: February 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Quantifying something that the business community has been warning about for years, California’s strict laws on a variety of issues and regulatory thicket has made our state one of the most expensive states in the nation and has pushed our “supplemental poverty measure” to the dubious first-place in the nation position. “The US Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure puts California’s poverty rate at 20.6 percent, just above Florida, which sits at 19 percent. By comparison, ...

EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL CALIFORNIANS

Posted: February 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
And to further break down the poverty numbers in the state – rural vs. urban – and offer business oriented solutions, one of our favorite deep thinkers, Loren Kaye, offers the following: Nearly one of three Californians receives subsidized health care through Medi-Cal. More than 3.3 million schoolchildren receive subsidized school lunches—about half of total public school enrollment.  California has the highest percentage of people living in poverty. Even among huge wealth generation and employment ...

JOBKILLERS!

Posted: February 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Although early in the legislative session, the California Chamber of Commerce has already tagged four bills as “job killers” – the worst of the worst bills that would have a negative impact on California’s economy if they become law. As a CalChamber member and coalition partner in Sacramento we stand with them to help modify or defeat these bills. AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego/Kalra; D-San Jose) mandates small employers with as few as 10 employees to offer all employees who have the ...

SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL ADA REFORM!

Posted: February 3, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We have joined a large coalition of stakeholders in Washington D.C. to applaud and support the introduction of H.R. 620, “The ADA Education and Reform Act.”  Recently in California we have seen several major reforms to the statewide implementation of the ADA, which are intended to increase access while reducing unnecessary lawsuits.  This legislation will hopefully mirror some of our state’s reforms. The commercial, retail, and industrial real estate industry strongly supports the intent ...
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