ADA REFORM BILL PASSES TWO COMMITTEES

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
One bill that made it through policy committees that is strongly supported by the commercial, retail, and industrial real estate industry, is a bill that seeks to fix some issues related to the states ADA laws which we believe will decrease lawsuits while increasing accessibility.  SB 251 (Roth; D-Riverside) is a balanced approach between preserving the civil rights of those who are disabled to ensure access to all public accommodations, and limiting the number of frivolous lawsuits threatened ...

BUSINESS GROUPS CONCERNED WITH BILLS ON THE FLOOR

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Many of the bills that have moved through policy committee are cause for concern for many of our members and we are working with other groups, such as the California Chamber of Commerce, to oppose these measures.    SB 287 (Hueso; D-San Diego) mandates installations of AEDs (defibrillators) in all new buildings with a max occupancy of 200 or more.   AB 359 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) is a costly employee retention mandate. It inappropriately alters the employment relationship and increases frivolous ...

EMERGENCY WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING BUILDING CODE

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Building Standards Commission will meet on May 29th to adopt emergency building standards to significantly reduce the amount of potable water that can be used for outside landscaping irrigation purposes.  These emergency building standards will apply to new residential and commercial building construction for which the initial permit application is submitted to the local building department on or after June 1, 2015.   This emergency action was prompted by the Governor’s recent ...

BUDGET INCLUDES $1.9B FOR EMERGENCY DROUGHT RESPONSE

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The State of California has experienced four consecutive years of below‑average rain and snow, and is currently facing severe drought conditions in all 58 counties. The most recent surveys recorded the statewide average snowpack, which is the source for one‑third of the state’s water, at just 2 percent of the normal average. Water supplies at the state’s largest reservoirs, as well as groundwater aquifers, are significantly depleted. As a result, drinking water supplies are at risk in some ...

HJTA: TAKE OUR JOBS PLEASE

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Good friend Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, offers the following commentary about the insatiable tax appetite by some groups in Sacramento that are pushing split roll property tax: There’s a joke about public sector union bosses making the rounds in Sacramento lately:  What happens when the California Legislature hands over a blank check to the California Teachers Association (CTA)?  It’s returned the next day marked “insufficient.” No matter that spending ...

CALIFORNIANS TO STOP HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES

Posted: May 22, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We are founding member of a coalition of business and taxpayer organizations that has banded together to provide education and information about the problems related with fundamentally changing Proposition 13.  The group is named Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes.  On behalf of individuals and companies that will be impacted by higher property taxes, the coalition provides a website with lots of good resources for news and information, including academic studies that show the negative ...

GOVERNOR RELEASES “MAY REVISE”

Posted: May 15, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Governor has released his revised $115 billion 2015-16 state budget – what is known in the Capitol parlance as the “May Revise.” “I don’t want to get caught in the jaws of the persistent fiscal instability of the state government of California,” the Governor said of the budget that many are praising for its fiscal restraint. A growing economy has fueled more funds available to the state than was expected in when the original budget was released in January.  $6.7 Billion ...

MAY REVISE: $1.9B EMERGENCY DROUGHT RESPONSE

Posted: May 15, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
From the budget:  The State of California has experienced four consecutive years of below‑average rain and snow, and is currently facing severe drought conditions in all 58 counties. The most recent surveys recorded the statewide average snowpack, which is the source for one‑third of the state’s water, at just 2 percent of the normal average. Water supplies at the state’s largest reservoirs, as well as groundwater aquifers, are significantly depleted. As a result, drinking water supplies ...

EMERGENCY WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING BUILDING CODE

Posted: May 15, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California Building Standards Commission will meet on May 29th to adopt emergency building standards to significantly reduce the amount of potable water that can be used for outside landscaping irrigation purposes.  These emergency building standards will apply to new residential and commercial building construction for which the initial permit application is submitted to the local building department on or after June 1, 2015.   This emergency action was prompted by the Governor’s recent ...

ADA REFORM BILL PASSES TWO COMMITTEES

Posted: May 15, 2015 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
An industry supported bill that incentivizes disability access and education passed two Senate policy committees this week. SB 251 (Roth; D-Riverside) is a balanced approach between preserving the civil rights of those who are disabled to ensure access to all public accommodations, and limiting the number of frivolous lawsuits threatened or filed against businesses that do not improve accessibility. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee this ...
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