• Established in 1972 · CBPA has over four decades of service to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry
  • CALIFORNIA BUSINESS PROPERTIES ASSOCIATION (CBPA)

    CBPA is the designated legislative advocate for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the California Chapters of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), the Building Owners and Managers Association of California (BOMA), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and the Association of Commercial Real Estate – Northern and Southern California (ACRE) the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), AIR Commercial Real Estate Association (AIR CRE), 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.

    With supermajorities in both the Assembly and the Senate, we need your help and engagement now more than ever. As the only association in the State of California dedicated to commercial real estate issues, your membership is making sure that your industry – and your company – has representatives in the Capitol protecting your interests on a daily basis.

     

    2017 YEAR-END WRAP-UP & SUCCESSES

     

    During the 2017 legislative session, the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry had many policy successes on key issues. We also had one of our roughest years in recent memory with the very lopsided legislative Supermajorities in both Houses of the California State Legislature. Below are just some of the highlights – good and bad – from 2017.

    LEGISLATIVE/POLITICAL EVENTS – CBPA members and leadership participated in several high-level events which provided access to peers and policymakers. Starting in January CBPA hosted a New Legislators Luncheon in Sacramento which was attended by well over half the new Assemblymembers and Senators from both parties. In April, we hosted a Legislative Meeting at which CBPA members could weigh in on industry positions on over 500 bills. In June, our industry converged on Sacramento to attend the “California Commercial Real Estate Summit,” in which real estate leaders met with Gubernatorial staff and over 1/3 of the Legislature. In December, we will co-host the “Strategic Issues Conference” along with 10 of the top business groups in California and have almost every declared Gubernatorial candidate scheduled to engage in discussions about the future of the California economy.

    LEGISLATION – On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, CBPA tracked 528 pieces of legislation in the CA State Capitol and engaged on 212 bills (supporting 114, and opposing 98). A full listing of bills, positions, and outcomes can be provided separately.

    REGULATIONS – On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, CBPA engaged regulatory agencies ranging from the Department of Water Resources, to the California Energy Commission to the Division of the State Architect. Additionally, we have been asked to participate on the newly formed State Access Code Collaborative, Adult Changing Station workgroup, Ghost Ship Fire Task Force, and several Building Standard Commissions workgroups on several code issues important to new construction and tenant improvements.

    SPLIT ROLL TAX BALLOT MEASURE – CBPA is an Executive Committee member of the political effort to push back against the myriad of groups attempting to put a split roll measure on the ballot. After more than three years of rebutting arguments with editorial boards, at school board meetings, and a statewide education campaign, and defeat of SCA 5 in 2016, leaders of the “Make It Fair” campaign (funded primarily by public employee unions) vowed they would push for a ballot measure in 2018. Our goal is to again defeat the measure before it goes onto the ballot to save industry members from a multi-million-dollar battle.

    ADA REFORM – CASp LEASE LANGUAGE – AB 1148 (Steinorth) fixed ADA lease language that has prevented many from utilizing the CASp program because the former statutes sweeping requirements for disclosure. Specifically, this bill clarifies that areas not meant for “public accommodation” are subject to the disclosures put into statute by AB 2093 in 2016.

    BENCHMARKING REGULATIONS – As a primary proponent of AB 802 we helped repeal the flawed AB 1103 statutory requirements which will allow for more flexible regulations. The new law keeps the benchmarking requirements but removes the statutory requirement benchmarking be completed during escrow, limits it to buildings over 50K s.f., allows the commission to exempt certain buildings, and delayed implementation. Final regulations have been adopted and reporting begins in 2018.

     

    CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS VP – Through previous legislation we helped establish the California Commission on Disabled Accessibility that promotes and facilitates disability access compliance. CBPA works directly with the Governor’s Office to name our industry representative to this board, which is currently CBPA boardmember Doug Wiele. Doug was elevated to Vice President of the Commission this year for a second time.

    SINGLE USE BATHROOM BILL – CBPA worked closely with the author to assure workable language was inserted into the bill, but remained neutral because we don’t like to see building code set in statute. Once the bill was signed into law we have worked with the state to produce clear guidelines on what facilities the law applies. Using language our industry helped inform we believe this law can be implemented without inducing lawsuits or incurring unreasonable expenses and/or tenant disruptions.

    ZERO CARBON PLANNING GOAL— We opposed and helped SB 100 (de Leon D) die on the Assembly Floor, a bill that would have created uncertainty for businesses in the state and increased the cost for energy by creating an ambiguous zero-carbon energy planning goal and requirements for regulatory agencies in the state.

    BAN ON CONTRACTED EMPLOYEES – We opposed and help defeat AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer D) a de facto prohibition on contracted services originally for cities and counties. The significant hurdles imposed by AB 1250 would deter or prevent private and non-profit organizations from entering into contracts with local governments and were viewed by many as public employee unions trying to ban private businesses from being able to conduct business with local Governments by making the rules to do so onerous and expensive.

     

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    2016 YEAR-END WRAP-UP & SUCCESSES

    During the 2016 legislative session, CBPA had great successes on a number of key issues.  They include implementation of major reforms to the state’s ADA law, stopping efforts to advance split roll property tax, reforming the way building codes are written, and helping shape state water efficiency standards.  Below are just some of the highlights from 2016.

    LEGISLATIVE/POLITICAL EVENTS – CBPA leadership participated in several high-level events which gave them access to peers and policymakers.  Starting in January CBPA hosted a Candidates Luncheon in Sacramento which was attended by several candidates seeking election in competitive seats.  In April, we hosted a Legislative Meeting at which CBPA members were able to weigh in on industry positions on over 400 bills.  In June, we hosted the “California Commercial Real Estate Summit,” in which real estate leaders met with Gubernatorial staff and over 1/3 of the Legislature.  In November, we hosted the “Industry Awards Dinner” at which over 200 of the top real estate leaders gathered to honor high achievers in our industry. Additionally, CBPA staff from Sacramento have presented at a wide variety of industry events to thousands of members of the real estate industry to brief about issues in Sacramento.

    LEGISLATION – On behalf of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry, CBPA engaged on 446 pieces of legislation in the CA State Capitol.  A full listing of bills, positions, and outcomes have been provided under separate cover.

    REGULATIONS – On behalf of the commercial real estate industry, CBPA engaged regulatory agencies ranging from the Department of Water Resources, 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 and recycling.  This year a lot of time was spent on Energy Issues.

    SPLIT ROLL BILL DEFEATED – SCA 5 (Hancock; D-Berkeley)/(Mitchell; D-Los Angeles) sought to remove the protections of Proposition 13 by targeting commercial property owners to increase property taxes by triggering a “current fair market valuation” instead of the current acquired value.

    SPLIT ROLL TAX BALLOT MEASURE – CBPA is an Executive Committee member of the political effort to push back against the myriad of groups attempting to put a split roll measure on the ballot.  After more than two years of rebutting arguments with editorial boards, at school board meetings, and a statewide education campaign, and defeat of SCA 5, leaders of the “Make It Fair” campaign have officially abandoned efforts to push a ballot measure in 2016.  This action will save industry members from a multi-million dollar budget battle on the 2016 ballot.

    ADA REFORM – TIME TO FIX NON-ACCESS VIOLATIONS – California has 40% of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12% of the country’s disabled population. Therefore we have played a key role in sponsoring and supporting a package bills that reform ADA in California which made it to the Governor’s Desk.  SB 269 (Roth) was a significant reform in California, which, among other things, gives businesses a chance to address and fix certain violations before a lawsuit can proceed.

    ADA REFORM – CASp LEASE LANGUAGEAB 2093 (Steinorth )  fixed ADA lease language that has prevented many from utilizing the CASp program because the former statutes sweeping requirements for disclosure. The revised statute will facilitate more property owners to seek a CASp certification in order to assure their properties are in compliance with the law increasing access and lessening the number of unnecessary lawsuits while eliminating onerous and unnecessary disclosure requirements.

    CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS VP – Through previous legislation we helped establish the California Commission on Disabled Accessibility that promotes and facilitates disability access compliance.  CBPA works directly with the Governor’s Office to name our industry representative to this board, which is currently CBPA Boardmember Doug Wiele.  Doug was elevated to Vice President of the Commission this year for a second time.

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    Split-Roll Property Tax Study

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    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.