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    Mar 11

    GREEN CALIFORNIA SUMMIT & EXPOSITION

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    The 2011 Green California Summit & Expo, taking place at the Sacramento Convention Center April 18-20, is shaping up to be the biggest green government conference ever. Over 200 suppliers of green products and services and upwards of 6,000 attendees are expected. The Summit will feature keynote speakers, an educational program of full-day workshops, concurrent sessions, product showcases and networking opportunities. Group discounts available.

    As a visibility sponsor of the event CBPA members get a discount on the price of admission.  Simply use the promo code “CBPA” when you register.  For more information and to register, click here.

    Mar 11

    IN-DEPTH COMMERCIAL CALGREEN WORKSHOP

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    In addition to the above classes, on April 18 in Sacramento, the Building Standard Commission is also offering a CALGreen workshop that will go in-depth into the commercial/non-residential aspects of the code.  You can also earn AIA and ICC continuing education credits by attending this workshop.

    The CALGreen Commercial Workshop will provide an in-depth look at the commercial chapters of the new code that pertain to nonresidential construction, covering each section in detail with a focus on application and compliance. Each participant will review a commercial site plan, from planning and design to completion, detailing each aspect of code – and how to achieve them.

    CALGreen also mandates commissioning be required of all new nonresidential properties over 10,000 square feet, and this session will address the various steps of the commissioning process.

    Participants will also be trained on the new documentation requirements for the submission and approval of building plans.

    Click here to register.

    Mar 11

    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 led you know about the CRA Annual Conference and Expo, being held in San Jose, CA, on March 30 – April 1. The theme of this year’s conference, co-sponsored by ICSC, is “Redevelopment: Worth Fighting For!” The conference begins with a keynote entitled “Re-position RDAs: Can We Mend It Rather Than End It?”

    Click here for more information and registration.

    Mar 11

    LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

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    California is in the first year of its two year 2011-2012 legislative session. So far 2,355 measures have been introduced, which puts us on pace for almost 5,000 bills. So far, we have identified over 380 measures with potential impact on our industry. Here are a few of interest. Your feedback, analysis, and position recommendations are highly encouraged.

    SCA 5 (Simitian; D-Palo Alto) Changes the vote threshold for the imposition, extension, or increase of a parcel tax, by a school district, community college district, or county office of education to approval of 55%.

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

    AB 208 (Fuentes; D-Los Angeles) Land use: subdivision maps: expiration dates. Extend by 24 months the expiration date of any approved tentative map or vesting tentative map. POS: Support.

    AB 312 (Lowenthal; D-Long Beach) Creates protections for Homeless People on private property.

    AB 350 (Solorio; D-Santa Ana) Extends the Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act to include other services such as security guards, landscapers, window cleaners, and cafeteria workers. Renames the act the “Displaced Property Service Employee Opportunity Act”.

    AB 448 (Ammiano; D-San Francisco) Seeks to change definition of corporate ownership and transaction of property for the purpose of assessment of commercial property.