AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Posted: October 16, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 35 (Chiu D) Income taxes: credits: low-income housing: allocation increase. Would, for calendar years 2016 through 2021, inclusive, would increase the aggregate housing credit dollar amount that may be allocated among low-income housing projects by $100,000,000, as specified. The bill, under the insurance taxation law, the Personal Income Tax Law, and the Corporation Tax Law, would modify the definition of applicable percentage relating to qualified low-income buildings that meet specified criteria. Status: ...

COST OF CONSTRUCTION/LAND USE

Posted: October 16, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  AB 219(Daly D) Public works: concrete delivery. Current law defines “public works,” for purposes of requirements regarding the payment of prevailing wages for public works projects, to include, among other things, the hauling of refuse from a public works site to an outside disposal location with respect to contracts involving any state agency. This bill would expand the definition of “public works” for these purposes to include the hauling and delivery of ready-mixed ...

EMPLOYER ISSUES

Posted: October 16, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 465 (Hernández, Roger D) Contracts against public policy. Would prohibit any person from requiring another person, as a condition of employment, to agree to the waiver of any legal right, penalty, forum, or procedure for any employment law violations. The bill would prohibit a person from threatening, retaliating against, or discriminating against another person based on a refusal to agree to such waiver, and would provide that any such waiver required from an employee or potential employee ...

GOVERNOR DOES NOT SUPPORT SPLIT ROLL PROPERTY TAX

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
At the Urban Land Institute meeting in San Francisco earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown flatly stated that he does not support removing Proposition 13’s protection for commercial properties.  “I’m not an advocate for split roll,” the Governor stated. Although this position is not a surprise to BOMA CAL– the Governor has several times over the years, declined to endorse the concept – we nonetheless are appreciative to hear it reaffirmed.  Union groups and some politicians have spent ...

SPLIT ROLL ADVOCATES LOSE IT OVER GOVERNOR’S COMMENTS

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
California Calls/Make It Fair Coalition, a recently formed astro-turf group funded by public employee unions and other left-wing political advocacy groups, put together specifically to push changing Proposition 13 and creating a split roll, put out a statement proclaiming “Governor Brown Wrong on Split Roll.”  In addition to criticizing the Governor for his long-held position the group implies that the Governor is being racially-insensitive in his description of the measure, and they cite their ...

SPLIT ROLL ADVOCATES PUSH FOR $9B TAX INCREASE

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Earlier this week, and unconnected to the Governor’s opposition to pursuing a split roll property tax, Forbes Magazine ran a story about the “Make It Fair” coalition’s push for a split roll: The Forbes story, states in part, “there is a group thinking about changing Prop 13: a labor-union-backed organization called Make It Fair. Using scare tactics and us-against-them rhetoric to garner support, Make It Fair contends that loopholes in Proposition 13 allow a small number of ‘giant corporations’ ...

MAKE IT FAIR ARGUMENT BASED ON FAULTY STATS

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We have been pointing out for years that the “statistic” behind split roll advocates argument stating that commercial real estate is “not paying it fair share” is based on a purposefully faulty statistic — shifting around which column income producing residential properties are in.  Dan Walters recently did a column delving into this sleight of hand.  Click here to read his column.  Read More →

EPA WATERS OF THE U.S. RULE STOPPED BY COURT

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In the second positive ruling for groups that oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. Rule, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the legal process should be allowed to play out before businesses, landowners and states are subject to the regulatory provisions.  This decision now applies a recent injunction issued by a federal judge that only applied to 13 states to all 50 states. Click hereto read the ruling.  Read More →

STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Register now for the 2015 Strategic Issues Conference, scheduled for November 5-6, 2015, at the beautiful Thunder Valley Casino Resort, Lincoln, CA. The CBPA Board and Legislative Committee Meetings are being held in conjunction with this event. The event will feature discussions with former Governor Pete Wilson, members of the Legislative Democrat “Mod Caucus,” and California transportation policy leaders. Eight major groups have come together to host this special event: California Business ...

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW GREENHOUSE GAS PUSH

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Yesterday at the California Air Resources board meeting Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his new plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through 2030 and beyond, including a strategy for cutting petroleum use in half. Brown proposed the goal in January and issued an executive order in April setting an emissions target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – as a way to “continue the work” started by AB 32.  At that time Brown also called for a doubling of energy efficiency in existing buildings ...
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