REFORM HOW CA PAYS FOR ROADS

Posted: February 19, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  Our friend Loren Kay, President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, has some ideas about how to pay for roads and highways, and why your business should care and get involved. “California’s transportation finance system is running out of gas. Not literally, but the buck or two for each gas station fill-up is getting much less bang than it did a decade ago. “The Governor and Legislature are debating how to resolve a $5.7 billion annual mismatch between revenues and ...

ACCEPTANCE TESTING COULD INCREASE COSTS

Posted: February 19, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  A coalition of union groups are pushing an agenda item at the CA Energy Commission that could have an impact on the costs and complications for tenant improvements.  We are asking that members of our industry assist us in reviewing the proposals and provide input. According to CEC materials, “Acceptance Tests” ensure code compliance and promote optimization of efficiency and performance for nonresidential buildings. They serve to determine whether specific building components, equipment, ...

2016 BUILDING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS SEMINAR

Posted: February 19, 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 ...

BROAD COALITION COALESCING TO OPPOSE CORTOPASSI INITIATIVE

Posted: February 13, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A broad range of Californian’s including business groups and labor groups have banded together to educate the public about an initiative that if passed would jeopardize many infrastructure projects across the state. Initiatives have not been assigned proposition numbers yet, so as of new it’s simply referred to as the “Cortopassi” initiative, after its primary proponent.  The ballot measure will appear on the June 2016 ballot, would erode local control and add new hurdles to building infrastructure ...

BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Posted: February 13, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We would like to congratulate and welcome the new Executive Director for the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC or shortened to BSC) Mia Marvelli.  The BSC is one of the most important state agencies that our industry works with and we look forward to working with Ms. Marvelli on all the issues – from plumbing codes to green building standards – that impact our buildings.  As part of the Department of General Services, BSC administers the many processes related to the development, ...

NEW BILLS BEING INTRODUCED

Posted: February 13, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California State Legislature is just one week away from a major deadline “New Bill Introduction Deadline.”  A slow trickle of bills has steadily increase into what will be a tsunami next week. All bills for the 2016 session must be introduced by next Friday, February 19.  Each session nearly 2,500 bills are introduced and we identify upwards of 500 that have an impact on the commercial real estate industry.  Stay tuned as we identify those bills and get them out to our legislative committee ...

***ALERT!!!*** PROPERTY TAX INITIATIVE GAINING MOMENTUM

Posted: February 13, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A proposition to change Proposition 13 in a manner that would allow an almost doubling of state property tax is currently out for signature and seems to be gaining momentum.  This is a threat that we are taking very seriously and putting out a call to our industry to get educated, active, and engaged to prepare to defend against this huge tax increase. The property tax initiative known dubbed by proponents at “Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act” is referred to in shorthand as the ...

ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON LIGHTING ALTERATION ENFORCEMENT

Posted: February 13, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Energy Commission adopted the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Nonresidential Lighting Alteration Language on November 12, 2015. Comments received at the adoption hearing included concerns over how to document existing conditions for purposes of verification and enforcement. The lighting alteration subchapters of the Nonresidential Compliance Manual are under development and staff would like stakeholder input on documentation requirements for existing conditions. On February 16, California ...

EEOC WILL REQUIRE LARGE RETAILERS TO TURN OVER PAY DATA

Posted: February 13, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our friends at Hunton & Williams LLP , have provided the following update: As reported in the Employment and Labor blog, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced on January 29, 2016, its proposed revision to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) that would obligate businesses with 100 or more employees to annually turn over pay data by gender, race and ethnicity. Although employers will not have to divulge specific pay-rate information for individual employees, they ...

2016 BUILDING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS SEMINAR

Posted: February 13, 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 ...
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