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 ...

STATE MOVING AHEAD WITH GHG PLAN FULL STEAM

Posted: January 27, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The federal government may have removed the “Climate Change” page from the White House’s website, but California is doing no such thing.  In 2006, the Legislature passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which created a comprehensive, multi-year program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California.  AB 32 required the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to develop a Scoping Plan that describes the approach California will take to reduce GHGs to achieve ...

SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL ADA REFORM!

Posted: January 27, 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 ...

“CALEXIT” NOW FASHIONABLE

Posted: January 27, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
After years of making fun of the backers of the State of Jefferson and more recently ripping the Brexit voters, some progressive elements in California have recently embraced the idea of independence from large government binding structures.   To that end, supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking California’s secession from the U.S. have seen a surge of interest and have been given the go-ahead to collect voter signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot. According to the Bee, ...

INAUGURATION DAY

Posted: January 20, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
“We are called the nation of inventors. And we are. We could still claim that title and wear its loftiest honors if we had stopped with the first thing we ever invented, which was human liberty.”  ~Mark Twain We’d like to thank President Barack Obama for his years of public service and wish him well, as he hands of the reins of power to the 45th President of the United State Donald Trump. We are proud to serve the commercial real estate industry in this greatest of nations and are optimistic ...

ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS OPEN LETTER

Posted: January 20, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
To mark the inauguration of President Trump, the Assembly Democrat Caucus has released “An Open Letter to Californians” along with a video to contrast with the celebration in D.C.  Click here to see it in full.  Read More →
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