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  • Archive for February 18th, 2011

    Feb 18

    REDEVELOPMENT IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!

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    Because we have heard from so many of our members about the importance of Redevelopment, we thought we’d let you know about the CRA Annual Conference and Expo, being held in San Jose, CA, on March 30 – April 1.  This year’s conference theme is “Redevelopment: Worth Fighting For!” The conference begins with a keynote entitled “Re-position RDAs: Can We Mend It Rather Than End It?” Visit www.calredevelop.org for more information on the conference topics and for hotel reservation information.

    Feb 18

    BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE FINALLY HERE – LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

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    Today marks one of the major Constitutional dates on the Legislative Calendar – Bill Introduction Deadline.  In the last few days, hundreds of measures have been introduced.  Since we read every bill to identify those that will have an impact on our industry, it will take a few days to catch up.  However, below are a few measures that have already caught our attention.  Your feedback, analysis, and position recommendations are highly encouraged.

    Property Tax

    SCA 5 (Simitian – D) Taxation: educational entities: parcel tax. Would condition the imposition, extension, or increase of a parcel tax, by a school district, community college district, or county office of education upon the approval of 55% of its voters.

    Landlord/Tenant

    AB 265 (Ammiano – D) Tenancies: unlawful detainer.  Increases the time of UD notice period from 3 to 14 days.  

    AB 312 (Lowenthal, B – D) Civil rights: homeless persons. Creates protections for Homeless People on private property.

    AB 818 (Blumenfield – D)  Would require the owners of multifamily housing of five or more apartments to provide recycling services to tenants.

    CEQA/Land Use/Infrastructure

    AB 49 (Gatto – D) Permit Streamlining Act; Development: expedited permit review.  Requires Lead Agencies to provide information to developers explaining the permit approval process at the state and local levels.

    AB 208 (Fuentes – D)  Land use: subdivision maps: expiration dates.  Extend by 24 months the expiration date of any approved tentative map or vesting tentative map. 

    SB 34 (Simitian – D) Water infrastructure projects: fees. Declares the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to develop a fee-based system to pay for costs associated with updating and modernizing water infrastructure projects in the state. 

    SB 214 (Wolk – D) Infrastructure financing districts: voter approval: Eliminates the requirement of voter approval and authorize the legislative body to create the district, adopt the plan, and issue the bonds by resolutions.

    SB 241 (Cannella – R) CEQA Litigation Protection Pilot Program of 2011. Would require the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency to select projects, exempt from judicial review. 

    SB 469 (Vargas – D) Land use: development project review: superstores: Increases required review of big box retail development.

    Online Retail Sales Tax Collection

    AB 153 (Skinner – D) Creates “Affiliate Nexus” for online retailers for purposes of State Sales Tax point of collection requirements. 

    AB 155 (Calderon, C – D) Revises definition of “retailer engaged in business in this state” for purposes of State Sales Tax point of collection requirements.

    SB 234 (Hancock – D) Creates a “Long Arm” provision in CA for purposes of State Sales Tax point of collection requirements.

    Business/General Issues

    AB 350 (Solorio – D) Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act.  Would rename the act the Displaced Property Service Employee Opportunity Act and make the provisions of the act applicable to property services, which would include licensed security, as defined, landscape, window cleaning, and food cafeteria services.

    AB 357 (Garrick – R) Equal access rights: construction-related access claims. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination against an individual with a disability on the basis of that disability in specified situations, including employment opportunities and access to public accommodations, services, and transportation. 

    SB 202 (Hancock – D) Ballot initiatives: filing fees. Would find that the current $200 fee is inadequate to cover the costs to the state to process a proposed initiative and would increase the filing fee from $200 to $2,000.

    Building Standards/Energy/Water

     AB 19 (Fong – D) Building standards: Requires Water meters in New/Existing Multiunit and Mixed-Use Structures.

     AB 296 (Skinner – D) Global warming: urban heat island effects pavement. Regulates the reflectivity (albedo) of pavement to reduce the urban heat island effect.

     AB 317 (Calderon, C – D) Energy: master-meter customers. Provide that rebates do not include ratepayer funded incentives received by the master-meter customer as a result of investments in energy generation or efficiency. 

     SB 16 (Rubio – D) GREEN Energy: renewable energy and transmission projects: expedited permitting. 

     SB 209 (Corbett – D) Common interest developments: electric vehicle mandates ability to use charging stations in CIDs.

     SB 454 (Pavley) Gives CEC authority to enforce Energy Efficiency Regulations through fines and civil penalties.

    Feb 18

    INDUSTRY LEADERS GATHER IN SACRAMENTO

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    Over fifty leaders from the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate sectors gathered in Sacramento this week to chart the legislative and regulatory course for the coming year at the first California Business Properties Association (CBPA) meeting of 2011.  Issues ranging from the Governor’s proposal to eliminate Redevelopment Agencies and Enterprise Zones and the proposed tax extensions, to a review of legislation introduced so far were discussed. 

    After a morning of policy debate, fourteen newly elected members of the Assembly and Senate joined the group of real estate leaders for a lunchtime discussion and opportunity to learn more about our industry. 

    The CBPA Board consists of leaders from all facets of our industry.  They meet quarterly to discuss issues, provide input, and assure the strategic direction of policy positions in Sacramento reflect the priorities of member companies.