ADA BILL ADVANCES

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
SB 251 (Roth; D-Riverside) Civil Rights; Disability Access, a bill that we strenuously SUPPORT continues to move.  Among other reforms, this bill enacts a tax credit for businesses that make accessibility improvements.  Yesterday, the bill unanimously passed the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee and next goes to the Appropriations committee. Senator Roth has faced a lot of adversity as he has worked on this bill and has faced some unfair criticism from critics of reform.  We thank him for ...

DEFIBRILLATOR BILLS UPDATE

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Here is an update on where we stand with two bills relating to on Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) policy.  Early in the session two bills were introduced, one of which we immediately supported SB 658 (Hill; D-San Mateo) and one which caused some concern SB 287 (Hueso; D-San Diego). Because of the life-saving potential of AEDs and their proven efficacy, our industry has been working to increase accessibility of these devices in public places where cardiac arrest may be a significant risk.  ...

BILL MANDATES LEASE LANGUAGE FOR BUILDING CODE

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A bill that was recently gut-and-amended would require commercial leases to have provisions in them that allow a tenant to withhold rent, if the leased building is not fully compliant with provisions of a bill from 2009 (SB 407 – see below for more information) that requires that building built prior to 1994 upgrade water fixtures, including toilets. AB 723 (Rendon; D-Lakewood) seeks to give tenants building code enforcement authority through lease provisions if water fixtures in the leased building ...

WATER FIXTURE REPLACEMENT MANDATE – MUST COMPLETE BY 2019

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As of January 1, 2014, SB 407 (Padilla; Chapter 587, 2009) requires “non-compliant” plumbing fixtures to be replaced with water conserving plumbing fixtures when a property is undergoing additions, alterations or improvements. Applicants seeking to obtain permits for any of these types of work will be required to replace non-compliant fixtures prior to final permit approval or issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the local building department. This law applies only to properties built on ...

LANDSCAPE WATER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Since 2010, local jurisdictions have been required to enforce DWR’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) or adopt an ordinance of their own which is more stringent.   At the direction of the Governor, the Department of Water Resources staff conducted a fast-track update of the state MWELO. Draft amendments to the ordinance were issued on June 12th, and after reviewing 170 comments, DWR Staff issued an updated document which was adopted unanimously by the California Water Commission ...

LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES OPINION

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Like-kind exchanges, also known as 1031 tax exchanges, are transactions that allow for the disposal of an asset and the acquisition of a similar replacement asset without creating a tax liability on the sale of the first asset.   Member of the California Board of Equalization George Runner wants to make sure that our members know that there is now more guidance regarding like-kind exchanges thanks to a precedential opinion adopted by the board.   State law requires the BOE to provide written ...

BOMA CALIFORNIA 2015 CALENDAR

Posted: July 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
November 2015   November 5: BOMA California Board Meeting 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Thunder Valley Casino, Sacramento   November 5-6: CBPA Board Meeting & Strategic Issues Conference Thunder Valley Casino, Sacramento   2016 and Beyond   June 26-28: BOMA International Annual Conference Washington, D.C.  Read More →

CELEBRATE FREEDOM/HONOR VETS THIS MEMORIAL DAY

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
As you enjoy the long weekend, please take the time to reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice that American women and men have made to allow us to continue to enjoy the freedoms we have on this Memorial Day.  Read More →

SPECIAL ELECTION: PRO-JOB DEMOCRAT VICTORIOUS

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Steve Glazer, mayor of Orinda and former advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, handily won the special election race in an Oakland Senate district, defeating siting-Assemblymember Susan Bonilla of Concord with 55% of the vote. The campaign pitting two Democratic candidates has been one of the most closely watched and hotly contested state Senate races in California history.  Glazer’s victory is a major win for the California business community and proponents of education reform who engaged in an independent ...

POLICY DEADLINE HERE

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Today marks the first major Constitutional hurdle in the legislative process, known as “Policy Deadline.”  Of the 2,584 pieces of legislation introduced this year only 326 failed to pass policy committee.  Whew, that leaves only 2,258 bills left to follow for the rest of the year.  Read More →
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