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 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.
HIME HONORED FOR 30 YEARS OF SERVICE
Last week at the Industry Awards Dinner, several leading figures in the commercial real estate industry surprised Rex Hime by recognizing his 30th Anniversary at the helm of CBPA.
A visibly touched Hime welled-up as family appeared seemingly out of nowhere, and he was presented with a Joint Resolution from the State Senate Leaders Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) honoring his work, as well as a custom made Hawaiian shirt, which has become his trademark over the years.
INDUSTRY LEADERS RECOGNIZED
As part of the regularly scheduled program several industry leaders were recognized: Champion of the Industry Awards went to the Segerstrom family of South Coast Plaza, for their accomplishments in the retail development field; to Bob Voit, Founder & CEO, of Voit Real Estate Services for their accomplishments in the office development field; to CBRE for their accomplishments in the service development field and to ReNewAll and IBEW 11/NECA Los Angeles/LMCC for their accomplishments in energy efficiency.
Two companies also received major recognition for their dedication and commitment to community service and the commercial real estate industry. Don Wright, CEO of Property Development Centers and Senior Vice President of Real Estate & Engineering of Safeway Inc., accepted the John Caldecott Memorial Award on behalf of Safeway for their community charitable actions.
And Tejon Ranch was awarded the Ernest W. Hahn Memorial Award for Legislative Affairs for their ongoing service to the commercial real estate industry. There to accept the award was Eileen Reynolds, VP of Government Affairs and Greg Bielli, Tejon Ranch President and CEO.
The bi-annual Industry Awards Dinner recognizes the unwavering leadership of individuals and companies dedicated to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry. Over 200 attendees enjoyed the evening in Orange County.
Click here to see the event program.
ADA Compliance Update – Oct. 2013
For more detailed information regarding compliance/policy issues related to recent reforms, see this ADA compliance and litigation update.
AB 1103 Regulation – Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program
***NEW*** WEBINAR RECORDING!
In order to help members better understand the policy issues related to the implementation of the AB 1103 Mandatory Benchmarking and Disclosure Law, BOMA California hosted a webinar with a representative from the California Energy Commission who provided detail about requirements of the law and with a member from our industry who is already putting policies into place.
Recent CBPA Successes
During the 2013 legislative session, our industry had great successes on a number of key issues. They include implementation of major reforms to the state’s ADA law, stopping several efforts to advance split roll property tax, and reforming the way building codes are written. Below are some of the highlights.
LEGISLATION – On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, CBPA engaged on 514 pieces of legislation in the California State Capitol.
REGULATIONS – On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, CBPA engaged regulatory agencies ranging from the California Energy Commission, Public Utilities Commission, Air Resources Board, Building Standards Commission, State Architect, and Department of Finance on a range of policies such as energy efficiency, greenhouse gas regulation, land-use policy, and recycling.
ADA REFORM IMPLEMENTATION – CBPA have played a key role in implementing recent legislation (AB 1186) and regulations to curb lawsuit abuse relating to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Our industry, working with state agencies, are advancing increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes. California has 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population.
ADA POLICY BENEFITS – Among other things, recent reforms prohibit pre-litigation “demands for money” by attorneys, implements provisions to prevent “stacking” of multiple claims to increase statutory damages, reduces statutory damages and provides litigation protections for defendants who correct violations, and establishes priorities for the California Commission on Disabled Accessibility that promote and facilitate disability access compliance.
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 to Stop 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.