ENERGY COMMISSION BENCHMARKING WORKSHOP

Posted: March 18, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop to seek input on staff’s initial proposal to implement the building energy use data access and public disclosure provisions of Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes of 2015). As a reminder, the commercial real estate industry supports the state’s benchmarking law and supports the actions taken by the Legislature and the Governor to repeal AB 1103 – a law that was creating significant implementation issues ...

OPPOSITION TO SB 876 “RIGHT TO REST ACT”

Posted: March 18, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  Our industry unfortunately must oppose SB 876 (Liu; La Candada Flitridge) as we believe the measure will make it more difficult to keep public areas safe and clean while not actually addressing the root causes of homelessness. SB 876 would create a new right for any homeless person to “sleep or rest” in any “public space” broadly defined as “any property that is owned by a government entity or any property upon which there is an easement for public use and that is held open to ...

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IMPROVES

Posted: March 18, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  Employment Development Department (EDD) reports California’s unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) in February 2016 was 5.5%, down from January’s 5.7%. Total employment was up 62,000 from January, with little change in the total civilian labor force. The US unemployment rate remained steady at 4.9% in February.  Read More →

STATE WATER PROJECT ALLOCATION INCREASED TO 45%

Posted: March 18, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced that public water agencies are now projected to receive 45 percent of contracted water supplies from the State Water Project (SWP) in 2016. The increase from 30 percent will provide increased flexibility for SWP contractors, who have not received more than half of their allocated supplies since 2012. California’s inadequate water system continues to force missed opportunities to capture needed supplies. A modern water delivery ...

2016 BUILDING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS SEMINAR

Posted: March 18, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  California’s building efficiency standards have been updated, with changes that will become mandatory in January 2017. This seminar will cover what’s new in Title 24 for both residential and non-residential buildings, from high performance walls and attics to lighting and lighting controls. The session will also review challenges that have resulted in implementing the 2103 standards, strategies for addressing them, and solutions to these challenges that may be included in the recent revisions. With ...

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LEGISLATIVE MEETING

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Legislators have introduced over 2,400 bills, many of which could have a major impact on the commercial real estate industry. Commercial real estate experts will gather next week in Orange County to share analyses and set final positions for your Sacramento representatives. Measures on property taxes, energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, seismic retrofits, electric vehicle charging stations, solar and photovoltaic policy, outdoor landscaping, water conservations, and single use restrooms, ...

POLITICS AT THE SCAQMD

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Changes have been made through the political process that have brought changes to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  Many people hail the changes as a positive development, helping to bring some business sense to the board.  Others are freaking out believing that the changes are going to roll back the environmental activism of the governing body. Earlier this week State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon said he would introduce Legislation designed to nullify the recent political ...

NEW SPEAKER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Newly-minted Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) announced his new leadership team this week. The following changes are effective immediately. Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) Assistant Speaker pro Tempore – Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke (D-Inglewood) Majority Floor Leader – Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon (D-Whittier) Assistant Majority Floor Leader – Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) Majority Whip – Assemblymember Miguel Santiago ...

NEW SPEAKER ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Furthermore, new committee chairmanships were handed out this week.  Here are some of the committees that directly impact the commercial real estate industry: Appropriations — Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) Budget — Assemblymember Phil Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) Business and Professions — Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield) Local Government — Assemblymember Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) Revenue and Taxation — Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas ...

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BUSINESS TAX CREDITS

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The L.A. Business Journal wants to help make sure you are taking advantage of all the business tax credits you are eligible for: “The list of federal tax credits available to business owners can be a bit overwhelming. So can the guidelines for claiming them. But for those willing to slog through the complexities, the financial benefits can be substantial. “Look at it this way: A credit offsets your tax bill dollar-for-dollar. So if you owe the government $10,000 in taxes but you receive $9,000 ...
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