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  • Archive for May 13th, 2011

    May 13

    EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY – AB 758 REGULATIONS

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    Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock.  In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. 

    The commercial real estate industry supports efforts to improve energy efficiency in the existing building stock and your Sacramento staff will be participating in this important proceeding. However, we highly encourage interested members of our industry to participate and provide input.  Here is the CEC website which explains AB 758 and what California is trying to accomplish with these regulations.

    May 13

    GREEN LOGISTICS CENTERS

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    Here is an interesting article about the application of third party green certification systems in an industrial setting.  “The importance of sustainability in developing and operating distribution centers and plants has become a popular logistics topic.”  But how well does the program guide the unique needs of an industrial building? Click here to read more.

    May 13

    REGULATORY REFORM BILLS KILLED IN LEGISLATURE

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    The “Year of Regulatory Reform” has all but fizzled in the California State Legislature.  Mirroring calls by the President and Congress to reform the regulatory process and thicket of rules governing every aspect of business, a large number of bills were introduced in California to make our own regulatory environment less cumbersome.  California’s burdensome regulatory system is widely seen by businesses as a prime hurdle to getting the economy going again, and more than 50 pieces of legislation were introduced to curtail that regulatory scheme and make government run more efficiently. 

    However, many environmental groups tend to like the complicated nature of California’s regulations.  It slows growth and keeps a heavy hand on business activity.  So they opposed most measures.  As a result, only 13 remain “alive” for 2011, and Capitol insiders think many of those will not make it through the Appropriations committee process.

    One of the bills still moving through the Legislature is the homebuilder-sponsored measure SB 643 (Correa), a bill which would require state agencies to cite the “estimated cost of compliance” of their proposed building standards in their regulatory notices released to the public.   Even though agencies have been required to develop cost impact data for decades, such information is often difficult and time-consuming for interested parties to obtain.  We are helping move this bill forward, as it makes sense and can be used as a model for reform with other agencies.

    May 13

    SEIU PLANS MILLION DOLLAR+ POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ON BUDGET

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    The state’s largest public employee union, Service Employees International Union California, announced plans to launch a “seven-figure” ad campaign targeting Republican members of the Legislature to pressure them into voting for a budget deal.  This is part of an overall strategy by unions to “turn up the heat” on Legislators in order to force support for the Governor’s plan to extend income, sales, and car taxes set to expire later this year.  The ad blitz is supported by continued political giving to favored candidates and the organization of rallies and protests on the steps of the state Capitol.  This week, in a rally organized by the powerful California Teachers Association, several protestors – including the head of that public employee union – were arrested for occupying the Capitol building after public hours were over.  This aggressive stance should make for a long, loud, and raucous fight over passage of the state budget.  Click here to read more about SEIU’s efforts.

    May 13

    SPLIT ROLL PROPERTY TAX BILL HEARING POSTPONED

    Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    AB 448 (Ammiano; D-San Francisco), the Legislature’s latest attempt at creating a split roll property tax in California, has been rescheduled to be heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee sometime in June. 

    AB 448 would impose higher taxes on publicly-traded property owners on stock market sales when no change of control actually takes place. In addition, other employers of all sizes that have had small ownership changes over a period of three years or less, where no change of control has occurred, could also trigger a property tax reassessment. The change in ownership provisions would cause all of a business’ property to be reassessed.

    In other words, AB 448 will force a change-in-ownership reassessment of a company’s property even if there has been no real change in actual control of the company.

    From what is known about the economic impacts of split roll, it remains a destructive, ill-advised idea. Such a move would imperil the state’s economy and would be one of the single most damaging tax policy changes that could occur in California.

    May 13

    ***ACTION ALERT*** OPPOSE MEASURE TO MANDATE HIRING

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    Please help us oppose a bill carried on behalf of SEIU that poses a major threat to your business.  AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana) in the California Legislature would expand existing law requiring janitorial contractors to retain employees who were employed at the site by the previous contractor for at least 60 days to a number of services utilized by building owners, including security, building maintenance, landscaping, and window cleaning, and extend the time period of retention to 90 days.

    Please contact your local Assemblymembers and ask them to oppose this measure.  Why to Oppose:

    The state should not make individual employment decisions for our industry.

    It ties management’s hands forcing it to retain workers from a previous employer, and undermining California’s at-will employment presumption.

    It ensures that the incumbent union will remain the bargaining representative under the “successor employer” doctrine – regardless of whether the successor employer has a collective bargaining agreement or not.

    The decision to unionize a business should be made following the procedures outlined in the National Labor Relations Act, and not forced on either party, employer or employee, through such legislation.

    A copy of the letter sent by BOMA California, the California Chamber and a large coalition of other business organizations opposing AB 350 as well as a short backgrounder/fact sheet is available for your use by clicking here.

    This is bad policy that is targeting you and your properties.  Help say “no” to this policy that will take away your rights as an employer and force hiring decisions upon you.