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  • Archive for February 25th, 2011

    Feb 25

    GOVERNOR BROWN TAKES ON BUDGET COMMITTEE

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    In a scene that hasn’t happened in the Capitol for as long as anyone can remember, a sitting Governor walked into a hearing room to pitch his own budget plan.  The Governor challenged lawmakers to leave their “comfort zones” and come together quickly on a spending plan.  He directed much of his remarks to Republican legislators, seemingly trying to steel them into approving a plan to put tax increases on the ballot.  Click here to read a full account and see video of the Governor’s testimony.

    Feb 25

    2,430 BILLS INTRODUCED IN STATE LEGISLATURE

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    Last week marked “Bill Introduction Deadline” in the California State Legislature.  Your 120 legislators introduced no less than 2,430 separate legislative measures, including constitutional amendments and resolutions.  The forty State Senators were responsible for introducing 969 of these measures.  The seventy-nine State Assemblymembers were responsible for introducing 1,461 bills. 

    So far 350 bills have been identified as having a direct and/or significant impact on our industry, including measures to change unlawful detainer notification, make it easier to raise property taxes, and mandate personnel decisions for building managers. 

    Your Sacramento staff and legislative committees are currently in the process of reading all the bills and analyzing their impact.  If you would like to participate in this process, we would love your help.  Volunteer by responding to this email.

    Feb 25

    ***ACTION ITEM*** ASK YOUR LEGISLATOR TO VOTE NO TO ENDING REDEVELOPMENT!

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    The commercial real estate industry is standing firm with our colleagues in local government in battling the proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and redirect the funding.  As part of a coalition of more than 70 local governments, elected officials, business and labor groups, environmental leaders, and affordable housing advocates, we are asking our members to contact your state legislators and ask them not to accept a budget package that includes the elimination of redevelopment. 

    To send a letter in support of redevelopment, click here.  Simply input your address and the legislators representing your area will be displayed, along with their contact information.  In addition, various materials to help with outreach to local stakeholders and legislators can be found at here.

    There has been much talk lately in the Capitol about “letting the voters decide” in reference to the Governor’s proposal to extend taxes.  The irony is that the voters have spoken loud and clear in approving Proposition 22, mandating an end to State budget raids and gimmicks using local funds. We urge legislators to do the right thing, stand with the voters, and reject this proposal to abolish redevelopment.