PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACTS – OPPOSE

Posted: January 24, 2020 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As part of an employer coalition, we OPPOSE AB 790, which would require that targeted companies provide notices to personal service workers of another entity regarding the personal service workers’ right to form or assist labor organizations as permitted under federal law. Specifically, AB 790 requires that the Department of Industrial Relations identify employers with a market capitalization of at least $1,000,000,000 and owns, operates, maintains, or rents any building in California. Those employers ...

COMMUNITY AIR PROTECTION PROGRAM INPUT SOUGHT

Posted: January 24, 2020 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Assembly Bill 617 signed into law in 2017, directs the California Air Resources Board to establish the Community Air Protection Program.  The program a community-focused action to reduce air pollution and improve public health in communities that experience disproportionate burdens from exposure to air pollutants. On September 27, 2018, the Board selected ten communities for the first year of this program to implement community emissions reduction programs, community air monitoring, or both. At ...

NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS – INCLUDING LACTATION AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Posted: January 24, 2020 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
On January 1, hundreds of new laws came into effect.  Our friends at Cox, Castle & Nicholson have provided some information on the high priority laws that our industry should be immediately aware of.  Many of these have been covered in past eWeeklys, but we are providing again because it’s so important your business know about these new laws and get into compliance. Click here to read the list which covers everything from the new Independent Contractor law you have read so much about, to ...

AG’S BIASED TITLE AND SUMMARY FOR SPLIT ROLL SPARKS OUTRAGE

Posted: October 25, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The San Diego Union-Tribune published a scathing editorial opposing California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s biased title and summary for the split-roll measure. According to leadership at Californian’s to Stop Higher Property Taxes, the biased wording gives the proponents an unfair advantage at passing their $12.5 billion-a-year property tax increase. The measure received its title and summary last week, sparking outrage across the state for the blatant misrepresentation in what ...

SPLIT ROLL PROPONENTS DECEIVING VOTERS FROM THE START

Posted: October 25, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Proponents of the flawed $12.5 billion a year split-roll property tax measure have begun gathering signatures for their second, equally flawed split-roll property tax measure, which, if passed, will be the LARGEST TAX INCREASE IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY. The campaign, desperate for support, is deceiving voters as signature gathers are telling them that the measure “will protect Prop 13” – the exact opposite of the measure’s intended purpose. This comes after a September poll by the Public Policy ...

COMPANY DOWNSIZES OFFICE PORTFOLIO DUE TO SPECTRE OF SPLIT ROLL

Posted: October 25, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
If you are still wondering if the threat to destroy split roll is “real” and if it will have any impact on your business, just look at this recent announcement by Decron Properties that is divesting in California because of the potential that Prop. 13 protections will evaporate: “Decron Properties has sold Ocean Plaza, an 8.6-acre mixed-use office and retail complex in Huntington Beach, California, to Vancouver, Canada-based Onni Group for $97.25 million. “Located at 17011 Beach Boulevard, ...

LAWSUIT TRIES TO BRING SANITY TO PROP 65 LITIGATION

Posted: October 25, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in early October to stop the multitude of Proposition 65 warnings for the presence of acrylamide in food.  The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California to stop the Proposition 65 litigation over acrylamide in food. According to the Chamber, acrylamide is not a chemical that is added intentionally to food products. Rather, it forms naturally in many types of foods when they are cooked at high temperatures, whether at ...

REGISTER NOW FOR THE STRATEGIC ISSUES CONFERENCE

Posted: October 25, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The 2019 Strategic Issues Conference is just around the corner!  This year’s conference is being held at the recently renovated Embassy Suites in Napa, California on December 5-6. The goal of the Strategic Issues Conference is to increase public policy and political awareness of state and national issues, and to foster collaborative efforts among business leaders from all sectors of the California economy. Ten major business groups have come together to host an event you don’t want to miss!  ...

2020 MAY SEE TAX BATTLE ROYAL

Posted: September 27, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Dan Walters, from Sacramento Bee Political Columnist, now writing for CalMatters lays out some thoughts on the looming expensive fight on split roll and other tax items in 2020: Although the state is enjoying multibillion-dollar budget surpluses, thanks largely to a vibrant economy, California voters may face a bewildering array of tax increase proposals next year. This seemingly contradictory situation is being driven by an assumption — probably accurate — that the November 2020 election will ...

SPLIT ROLL BALLOT MEASURE – “THREE TIME LOSER”

Posted: September 27, 2019 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our friend Loren Kay, the President of the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, walks us through the “iterative” process the proponents next year’s split roll property tax measure are taking to try to tweak the measure in manner they better sell that stinkbomb to the voters: Oops, they did it again. Proponents have submitted a third attempt at a ballot initiative to create a “split roll,” hiking property taxes by up to $11 billion. This latest version presumably won’t restart ...
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