California Business Properties Association (CBPA)
CBPA is the designated legislative advocate for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), NAIOP of California, the Commercial Real Estate Developers Association (NAIOP), the Building Owners and Managers Association of California (BOMA), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), the California Downtown Association (CDA), the Association of Commercial Real Estate – Northern and Southern California (ACRE), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED). CBPA currently represents over 10,000 members, making it the largest consortium of commercial real estate professionals in California.
Recent CBPA Successes
During the 2012 legislative session, CBPA had great success on a number of key issues including a major reform to the state’s ADA law, stopping an effort to implement a split roll property tax, and crafting a workable “Green Building” code. Below are just some of the highlights from 2012:
LEGISLATION – CBPA engaged on 494 pieces of legislation in the California State Capitol. Of the 67 bills deemed “High Priority” three we supported or sponsored; and two we opposed were signed by the Governor.
ADA REFORM SIGNED BY GOVERNOR – Governor Brown has signed our ADA reform measure, SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) which will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) while promoting increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes. This bill is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to California’s ADA Law. Currently, California has 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population
Click here for a full list of CBPA’s successes.
Split-Roll Property Tax Study
A study that examines the potential economic impact of a split-roll property tax, taking into account how a split roll would affect the behavior of individuals and businesses who own commercial property, has been completed and distributed to policymakers in California. Click here to read the study entitled The Economic Effects of California Adopting a Split Roll Property Tax
CBPA serves on the executive committee for Californians Against Higher Property Taxes, a recently formed coalition of business and taxpayer groups with a mission to educate the public and policymakers about the devastating impacts of higher property taxes. Although higher property taxes are very unpopular and voters have rejected them time and again, some policymakers and advocacy groups often push the issue as a way to raise additional tax revenue.
The study shows that such proposals for property tax increases will only hurt California consumers, seniors and taxpayers, and further damage our state’s struggling economy.