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  • Archive for February 4th, 2011

    Feb 4

    PRESIDENT’S BETTER BUILDINGS INITIATIVE

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    In his State of the Union, President Obama laid out his vision for investing in innovative clean energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Alongside that effort, the President is proposing new efforts to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings across the country.

    The President’s Better Buildings Initiative aims to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade by catalyzing private sector investment through a series of incentives to upgrade offices, stores, schools and other municipal buildings, universities, hospitals, and other commercial buildings.

    Several of our national groups have applauded the plan, and we look forward to helping the Administration identify the most efficacious ways to reach these goals.

    Click here to read the full press release and to learn more about the President’s Plans for Better Buildings.

    Feb 4

    RUMOR OF A STATEWIDE “BIG BOX ORDINANCE”

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    We hear rumors floating in the hallways of the Capitol that a San Diego area Democrat is planning on introducing a statewide Big Box Ordinance mirroring one that was recently repealed in the City of San Diego.  Such measures to dictate land-use planning from Sacramento are of extreme concern to our industry, so we will be watching the issue closely. 

    In the meantime, here is a fascinating story about the passage/veto/veto override/public fight/and finally repeal of the Big Box Ordinance in San Diego.  Hopefully the rumor that this proposal will be introduced as a statewide law does not come to fruition and this just becomes a very interesting political drama – that is behind us!

    Feb 4

    JUDGE RULES STATE DID NOT FOLLOW CEQA ON AB 32 SCOPING PLAN

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    A California judge has tentatively ruled that the California Air Resources Board did not adequately consider alternatives to creating a cap-and-trade plan when adopting the AB 32 Global Warming Solutions act of 2006, “Scoping Plan.”   If the ruling is finalized, it could potentially delay implementation of the cap-and-trade carbon market, as well as other major parts of the Global Warming policy.  Since carbon reduction measures are seemingly stalled at the federal level, all eyes are on California to see if the plan passes muster and is able to move forward.  Click here if you would like to read a news story about the issue. If you would like to read the judge’s full opinion reply to this email and request it.

    Feb 4

    CBPA JOINS FIGHT TO SAVE ENTERPRISE ZONES

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    Additionally, we have also joined the fight to protect Enterprise Zones from elimination.  With California’s unemployment rate at 12.5% — second highest in the country – now is the worst possible time to get rid of Enterprise Zones, proven to be one of the state’s most effective efforts to create jobs and reduce poverty.

    The group, known as Communities to Save Enterprise Zones, is a statewide coalition working to turn back a proposal in the Governor’s budget to do away with these specially designated areas that give businesses incentives to locate and hire within the community.  Enterprise Zones are one of the only programs local areas can use to attract employers. Without them, businesses would face more than $1.4 billion in tax hikes and California’s competitiveness would take another hit.

    Especially important is the fact that killing this program would hurt areas of California with the some of the highest unemployment. Enterprise Zones are specifically designed to bring jobs to communities where jobless rates are the worst; repealing them means more economic misery for parts of the state hit hardest by the recession.

    Enterprise Zones enjoy widespread supports from Democrats and Republicans, businesses, taxpayers, small businesses, local government organizations and CIOMA because the program is effective at creating jobs in hard hit areas, reducing poverty and creating value in communities across the state.

    To find out more information, or to find out how to write your legislator asking them to save jobs by saving enterprise zones, click here.

    Feb 4

    RDA HEARING DRAWS HUNDREDS TO THE CAPITOL

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    Yesterday, more than 100 people crowded a State Capitol hearing room to tell members of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #4 that local redevelopment should not be eliminated, and in fact, “is the best way to create jobs.” The Redevelopment Association has provided the following synopsis of the hearing:

    “The hearing agenda covered various items in the Governor’s proposal, including the redevelopment elimination components. They heard the redevelopment proposal first. Draft legislative bill language is still not available. Nevertheless, local government representatives provided testimony detailing the benefits of redevelopment in small and large communities throughout California, including the Central Valley, Los Angeles, Sonoma and Napa Counties, and the Northern Sacramento Valley. They talked about the jobs supported, downtowns revitalized, affordable housing built, and matching funds and other resources, which provided key school and public safety improvements.

    “Earlier this week, the Department of Finance posted spot bill language for two measures related to the Administration’s proposed elimination of redevelopment – click here to find these documents. You will not find the Department of Finance and the Governor’s plan and proposed details to dismantle the only economic development tool in the state – redevelopment. It comes as no surprise to CRA members that this proposal is not only constitutionally questionable, it is technically difficult — if not impossible — to craft. The Administration has two weeks to introduce legislation that outlines the dismantlement of redevelopment (by February 18) and 30-45 days to get the agreement to a 2011-12 State Budget package. Keep the pressure up!”

    Feb 4

    CBPA JOINS REDEVELOPMENT COALITON

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    CBPA has joined a coalition of more than 60 local governments, elected officials, business groups and labor groups, environmental leaders, and affordable housing advocates working together to stop the proposal to eliminate Redevelopment Agencies in California. 

    Although we recognize the huge fiscal problem facing the state, we agree with John Shirey of the Redevelopment Association that this proposal is “penny wise but pound foolish.”  Among other things we believe this proposal has the potential to kill jobs, local economic development projects, and thereby evaporate billions in tax revenues to state and local governments.

    Moreover, this proposal seems to be a rehash of the old State budget tactic of raiding local government funds.  In the last election, over 61% of voters passed Proposition 22 which protected these very redevelopment funds from such a raid. 

    To find out more about the issue or to get your organization involved, click here.