A WORD ON THE MINUMUM WAGE

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our friends over at the California Restaurant Association have penned an update on what is going on with the minimum wage debate being pushed by several unions.  Our industry is aligned with the CRA and have been working with them to explain why such and increase would mean less jobs, higher rents, and hurt the very people the policy purports to help. “California’s minimum wage debate is heating up. SEIU, International and SEIU-UHW (United Healthcare Workers) have filed competing minimum ...

GOOD NEWS ABOUT PROPOSITION 13 VIDEO

Posted: March 11, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As a regular reader of this newsletter you, no doubt, know that two measures to try to gut Proposition 13 have been stopped in the last four months.  That means that we won’t have an expensive proposition to battle this year; but in the big picture it also speaks to the strength and popularity that Prop 13 still enjoys – even its protections on commercial real estate. One reason this is the case is the fact that our allies at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) are rock solid in their ...

2016 BUILDING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS SEMINAR

Posted: March 11, 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 ...

BOMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS SETS DIRECTION FOR 2016

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Taking a day out of their busy schedules to give back to industry, the BOMA California Board of Directors gathered in Oakland, California, for its first board meeting of 2016.  Policy issues ranging from split role property tax, state energy mandates, changes in ADA law, and parcel tax proposals, and statewide ballot measures were all discussed. BOMA California is a federation of all eight metropolitan BOMA local associations and serves the collective membership through its mission of “preserving ...

BOMA CAL BOARD SETS DIRECTION FOR 2016

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The BOMA California board reviewed success in 2015 and discussed policy issues related to energy, taxes, climate change, and repealing changes to Proposition 13.  The board received a briefing on the political climate in Sacramento and learned about proposals contained in Governor Brown’s 2015-2016 budget proposal as well as statewide ballot initiatives. The Board also set the direction for the policy staff in Sacramento as we enter the 2016 political season by voting unanimously to oppose the ...

REDEVELOPMENT NEWS – COURT SIDES WITH CITIES

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Yesterday a California appellate court struck down a law that let the state withhold tax funds from cities refusing to send the state money left over from closing down Redevelopment Agencies.  This is breaking news and we are trying to get more information, but for now the SacBee has a very good summary of the case and the issues.  Click here to read more.  Read More →

PROPERTY TAX SURCHARGE BALLOT MEASURE DROPPED

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Note:  we are re-running this story to make sure you saw it. In a surprising move, the proponents of a measure to add a multi-billion dollar property tax on the 2016 ballot for social programs, have stopped collecting signatures and shut down the effort, vowing, however, that they will try again “another year.”  Proponents said the tax would raise almost $8 billion, with a majority coming from commercial properties. At last report, the “Lifting Children and Families out of Poverty Act,” ...

SUPPORT FOR CLRRA

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our industry has taken an early position sending a letter of support for Senator Hertzberg’s (D-Los Angeles) SB 820 which will permanently extend the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act, an important tool that allows cities and the private sector to work together to clean up Brownfields and get them back into productive use. The program mirrors federal legislation that was passed to protect parties that want to invest in brownfields sites that they are not responsible for contaminating; ...

HOMELESS PLAN FUNDED BY EXISTING MILLIONAIRES TAX

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In a “town hall” style meeting yesterday, State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon discussed his ideas on how to address homeless issues in the State.  For several years the Legislature and local government have sought to find new revenue sources to fund more social programs and affordable housing initiatives.  The main idea is to fund a $2 billion dollar bond that will go directly to mental health and housing needs that will be paid for through an existing tax – Proposition 63 (passed ...

CBPA ENDORSES FACILITIES BOND ACT OF 2016

Posted: March 4, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Business Properties Association (CBPA) has endorsed the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016. The measure, a $9 billion state school facilities bond to adequately fund school construction and modernization projects throughout the state, will appear on the November 2016 ballot. “Passing a state school facilities bond in November is going accomplish important goals: provide an infusion of funds to move projects forward; create good paying ...
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