SIGN/VETO WATCH

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The 2015 California Legislative Session is over. Throughout the past year, your Sacramento staff tracked over 400 bills on a broad array of topics including Greenhouse Gas Issues, CEQA, ADA, Mandatory Benchmarking, Taxes, AED, and a host of issues that would impact your business from sick leave policy to water conservation. Yes, issues that impact the commercial real estate industry extremely varied! Below is a list of the top-priority bills that made it through the Legislative Process and to the ...

ADA BILLS

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AB 1230 (Gomez D) California Americans With Disabilities Small Business Capital Access Loan Program. Provides up to $50K in low interest loans for eligible ADA projects. Establishes the California Americans with Disabilities Act Small Business Capital Access Loan Program within the Capital Access Loan Program, Self-sustaining program to provide loans to assist small businesses in financing the costs of projects that alter or retrofit existing small business facilities, “small business” ...

ENERGY & BUILDING CODE ISSUES

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AB 802(Williams D) Energy efficiency. Current law requires the Energy Commission to prepare an integrated energy policy report every 2 years and requires the report to include an assessment and forecast of system reliability and the need for resource additions, efficiency, and conservation that considers certain criteria. This bill would require the Energy Commission, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, to make all reasonable adjustments to its energy demand forecasts conducted ...

REDEVELOPMENT/LOCAL GOV FINANCING/INFRASTRUCTURE

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AB 2(Alejo D) Community revitalization authority Would authorize certain local agencies to form a community revitalization authority (authority) within a community revitalization and investment area, as defined, to carry out provisions of the Community Redevelopment Law in that area for purposes related to, among other things, infrastructure, affordable housing, and economic revitalization. Status: SIGNED INTO LAW Position: SUPPORT AB 313(Atkins D) Enhanced infrastructure financing districts. Would ...

AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS

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SB 287(Hueso D) Automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Would require certain occupied structures that are not owned or operated by any local government entity and are constructed on or after January 1, 2017, to have an AED on the premises. The bill would require a person or entity that supplies an AED to comply with specified existing law regarding AEDs, and would exempt a person or entity that acquires an AED for emergency care from liability for civil damages resulting from any acts or omissions ...

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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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

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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 concrete, ...

EMPLOYER ISSUES

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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 ...

A QUICK GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE BATTLE

Posted: October 9, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The L.A. Times was kind enough to print a primer on what is happening in Sacramento with Climate Change policy.  For those of you that are still unsure of what this means to you and your buildings.  Increased building codes regulations, stricter energy code requirements, stricter land use requirements, pressure to install electric vehicle chargers, and overall increase in cost of energy. Click here to read more.  Read More →

AB 32 SCOPING PLAN ROUND THREE

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In 2006, the Legislature passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), which created a comprehensive, multi-year program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California.  AB 32 required the California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) to develop a Scoping Plan that describes the approach California will take to reduce GHGs to achieve the goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.  The Scoping Plan was first approved by the Board in 2008 and must be updated ...
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