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 ...

STATE-OF-THE-STATE

Posted: January 27, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Governor Brown delivered his “State of the State” address earlier this week, a speech in which he highlighted sharpened lines between the state and federal governments and implored citizens to “Act as Californian’s first.” In his remarks he quoted Woody Guthrie, discussed plans for infrastructure, and took some of his time to swear in new California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Click here to read the speech as written, which ends with the defiant line directed to the new Administration ...

BILL REQUIRES ALL RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS

Posted: January 27, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose) introduced this week would require private residential projects built on private property that are built pursuant to an agreement with the state or a political subdivision to meet the requirements for projects that are defined as “public works.” This bill has many very concerned in that it would make already scarce affordable housing even more difficult to build by unnecessarily increasing costs to build.  Companies that focus on commercial real estate ...

SOLAR MANDATE COMING?

Posted: January 27, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
SB 71 (Weiner; D-San Francisco) is a “spot bill” that states the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the installation of solar photovoltaic systems or solar water heating systems in solar zones provided for pursuant to Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.  According to the author’s office, they are looking into expanding San Francisco’s recently passed solar and green roofs mandate statewide. Under current law, the Title 24 solar-ready requirement ...

JOBKILLERS!

Posted: January 27, 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 ...

SINGLE-USE TOILET FACILITY REGULATIONS

Posted: January 27, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Recent legislation (Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016 [AB 1732]) requires that single occupancy (single-user) toilet facilities be identified for use by any gender, as opposed to being gender specific. This requirement applies to new facilities and existing facilities, effective March 1, 2017. The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has issued a regulatory bulleting to further define, clarify, and provide guidance for applicability. Click here to read the bulletin and make sure you are in compliance ...
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