LEGISLATIVE SCORECARD – WHO SUPPORTS BUSINESS?

Posted: November 14, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On a related note, the CalChamber has released its legislative scorecard which tries to quantify which legislators support issues related to improving the business climate in the state.  It also highlights those legislators that are supporting measures that are squeezing employers and killing jobs.  How are your local legislators rated?  What is your local association doing to help elect more people that understand the importance of improving the business climate in California?  Click here to ...

BENCHMARKING LAW (AB 802) HEARING HELD

Posted: November 14, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 802, the bill that repeals AB 1103 and re-calibrates the regulatory process and addresses a number of complaints our industry has had about since AB 1103 was in the Legislature has already been “workshopped” at the California Energy Commission. The regs on this are on the fast-track because the Commission has already invested too much time and effort on AB 1103, many stakeholders, commission staff, and commissioners are all on the same page moving forward. So far, representatives for the commercial, ...

MOST OF STATE EXCEEDING WATER CONSERVATION TARGETS

Posted: November 14, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  Our friends at the CalChamber report that Californians reduced water use by more than 26% during September, according to the State Water Resources Control Board. The conservation rate exceeded the Governor’s 25% mandate for the fourth month in a row.  Read More →

STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE!

Posted: November 6, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Your Sacramento staff is attending the Strategic Issues Conference today, with over 100 top leaders from our industry, four members of the Assembly Moderate Caucus, a former Governor, and foremost experts on politics and policy in the State of California.  So, this Weekly will be a bit shorter than the comprehensive read you normally get in your inbox each Friday.   We’ll be back, full force, next week with all the fun and interesting news of what’s happening in Sacramento.  Read More →

PROP 13 TELEPHONE TOWN HALL

Posted: November 6, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  You are invited to join Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey and Assemblymembers Chang and Kim in a “Telephone Town Hall” to learn about what is happening with Proposition 13.  As we reported last week, the wind seems to have gone from the sails of the union groups pushing for a split roll property tax, however Prop 13 remains in the crosshairs of those and many other groups.  During the call, experts from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers Association ...

SPLIT ROLL ADVOCATES PULL PLUG ON 2016 BALLOT EFFORTS

Posted: October 23, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Following the stinging rebuke of the idea of dismantling Proposition 13 and implementing a split roll property tax by Governor Jerry Brown and failure of its sponsored bill in the Legislature (SCA 5), leaders of the “Make It Fair” campaign have abandoned efforts to push a ballot measure in 2016. Funded by a public unions, community organizing groups, and other far-left organizations, in order to push a $9 Billion tax increase on California properties, California Calls announced that it has decided ...

STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE

Posted: October 23, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Only a few spaces remain for the 2015 Strategic Issues Conference, November 5-6, 2015, at the beautiful Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA.  Our Board and Legislative Committee Meetings are held in conjunction with this event. The conference features discussions with former Governor Pete Wilson, members of the Legislative Democrat “Moderate Caucus,” and California transportation policy leaders. Eight major groups have come together to host this special event: California Business Properties ...

LIGHTING CONTROL REGS CONTINUE TO HAMPER PROJECTS

Posted: October 23, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A number of members have let us know that the lighting control issues contained in the state’s Energy Regs (Title 24) are having a major impact on costs and complexity of Tenant Improvements.  This issue has been discussed at length at several board meetings, and we have worked with the California Energy Commission over the past year to come up with alternatives to compliance. Here is a media story from last year that sheds some light on the topic: Businesses Are in the Dark About New Lighting ...

ADA BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS

Posted: October 23, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-2) has introduced HR 3765, “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015” along with Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and David Jolly (R-FL).  If signed into law, the measure would create disincentives to filing frivolous ADA lawsuits, requiring specificity in the complaint and a 120 day notice and cure period prior to the commencement of a lawsuit. This common-sense approach would improve access for the disabled community by actually requiring that a problem ...

AB 2 BRINGS BACK SOME “REDEVELOPMENT” TOOLS

Posted: October 23, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our friends Seth Merewitz and Sigrid K. Asmundson, from Best Best & Krieger, have taken a look at AB 2 (Alejo D) and provide the following regarding this important change in law: “The next chapter in California’s long history with community redevelopment has just been written. Whether this chapter will be a comedy or tragedy remains to be seen. What is clear is that the significant authority of redevelopment agencies (property tax increment and eminent domain) are now again available to ...
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